So today is my birthday! Today’s schedule will remain the same but I wanted to share my day with you all. So let me tell you a little about what this day has meant to me in the past and what it means to me now.
Yay, it’s my birthday! (Man I feel old) (Not really though)
This birthday marks a couple of firsts for me. This is my first as a blogger and my first without my parents. I lost my mom a little over 3 years ago but just this past fall, I lost my dad. Although I am sure many of you already know this if you follow my blog and I just wanted to share my birthday with you all.
So I turned 37 today. My goodness, that seems so far from who I think I am. I know that isn’t terribly old but lately, I really feel much older than I am in numbers. After a back injury at work last week and getting so much snow this season, we haven’t been as active as I would like.
I am not the sort of person to cry because I am “old”, in fact, I was thrilled to turn 30. My 20s were quite rough and hitting my 30th birthday felt like I had finally become a grown up.
That is funny to think about. At that point, I had my 3 children and had been married for nearly a decade. But I felt so good about being 30 and I hope to feel the same about 40. This year has been somewhat of a challenge for my family and me. Neither my husband nor I have been particularly happy here in Alabama. It kind of feels like Alabama is a club that you have to be born into and we just don’t belong here.
I have talked a few times about wanting to move to a different state but we promised our daughter that we would let her finish high school in one place. So that puts us about 3 years from moving. Which means I will be 40. That is why I am hoping for 40 to be so special. Even though we can’t seem to settle on a place to go.
Party Time? Nah!
My birthday had always been a bit of a big deal. My mother always insisted on big parties for her kids but as I get older, I find I just don’t care. For me, it has become just another day. I don’t like the idea of putting pressure on my husband to buy me the perfect gift or take me to the nicest restaurant. So for about the past 6 years, I have just let it pass. Maybe we will go out to eat so that I don’t have to cook and I do love getting cards.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to say thank you to all of you. I have wanted to write a blog for so long but was afraid that no one would want to read it or find any use for the information I have to share. Because of you all and this blog, I am looking at my birthday in a whole new way. I will make this year great no matter what I have to do. I will continue to share my stories with you and love every minute I have with my family.
My children are all but grown, this is my time now. So again, thank you all for the support, love, and encouragement. I can’t wait to spend the rest of this year (and many more) with you all.
How do you spend your birthday?
Do you avoid it or go all out?
Let me know in the comments below.