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Happy birthday to....ME!

So today is my birthday but not just another birthday, no, today is my 40th! You know that birthday that puts even the most resilient to bed with a quart of rocky road ice cream. Yep, it's that one. I'm officially not in my 30s anymore and I'm 10 years from 50. Whoa, when I think about it like that it sounds even worse.

I know there are you who have made it to 40 and survived. I know that they say that 40 is the new 30, but who are "they" anyhow?

I know I have to get older if my kids are even gonna be old enough to marry and give me grands so I guess it's a good thing when I think about it like that.

Really I don't feel like that much times has passed that I could actually be 40 but it has. When I think back on the last 20 years, I'm amazed at all the Lord has done in my life. He's blessed me in so many ways it mind boggling.

When we arrived in Croatia I was just barely 28. I didn't have a clue about life or raising kids and for that matter I don't know much more than I did then. I had boys who were 7 and 4 and a sweet little girl who wasn't yet 3. I had only been married 9 years and only saved for 7. We were still trying to figure things out and there have been many a pothole in road to now that we had to maneuver though.

I can't remember turning 30 or even 35 for that matter. Life has always been so full and busy that my mind has filled to capacity and I think it's pushed some stuff in a back corner to keep relevant things available for recall. I'll remember this birthday for sure. We've just completely packed up Joshua's room to get him ready to go to the States and start college in the Fall. It's a crazy time, with the mixed feelings of Josh leaving and the big 40 i'm not sure how to feel.

All I really know is that I feel blessed. So blessed that I sometimes wonder why God cares as much as He does. I'm so thankful to be turning 40 today. Thankful that I have entered another decade of my life and I'm excited about what this next 10 years will bring. Hey I'm thinking there's bound to be at least 1 wedding in the next 10 years if not 3.

Anyhow, I really just wanted to let off some steam and you all are such good listeners. How'd you make it through? Any advice or words of wisdom for my next 10 years?

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20 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Friend1

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  2. Happy Birthday! My 40 is this year also... :( meh! My oldest turns 18 in 2 weeks, my youngest 16, and my husband and I will celebrate 22 years together. Hey, I guess some of those numbers aren't so bad after all!

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    1. Wow, we have a ton in common. our middle son is turning 18 and our daughter is turning 16. We do have an older son turning 21 this year. Also we'll celebrate 22 years of marriage this year too. Very cool!

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tori... have a good one.

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    1. Thanks Kristy, I'm planning to.

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  4. Happy Birthday! Enjoy every minute :)

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    1. Thanks so much, so far 40's not too bad

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  5. Happy Birthday! May God bless you with many, many more! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a very nice day.

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  6. Happy Birthday! I hope your day is lovely!

    And remember, it's just a number.... :)

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    1. Thanks Michele, it was a very nice day.

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  7. Happy birthday, Mrs. Tori! I hope you had a great one. :)

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    1. Hey Kristen,
      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I went to take a look-see at your fashion blog, wow, such fun. I'll go check out the other when it's not midnight. I need to go to bed but thanks so much for the birthday wishes.

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  8. Happy birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks so much Rhonda. So nice to meet you, there's no such thing as too many friends. :0)

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  9. Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was a special day! Hope you set aside the diet for the day and enjoyed a special treat! When I turned 40 it was such a busy time in the ministry for me that I didn't have time to dwell on it..now it's 6 years later and still busy. Look at it this way, you're another year closer to meeting Jesus! lol

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  10. Happy Birthday, Tori! You are taking 40 gracefully, and I hope I can too. :-)

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  11. Happy "late" birthday! Yeah, I agree, those birthdays with the zero's are (for some reason) a little tougher to take. But, it sounds like you are doing great. You've got a wonderful attitude and counting the Lord's blessings is just the thing to help keep it all in perspective. I hope you had a great day!

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  12. I survived 35! I'm glad you made it through the big four-oh. :) I, too, am thankful for another year of life. God bless you all, Tori!

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