Today I turned 40, and yes, I did cry....but, it was a good thing! "smiles" It was quite a day and the one birthday I will never forget! A lot of people dread those "milestone birthdays"...30, 40, 50, etc..... Not me, I was actually quite excited! So what, that it seems over night, things are starting to droop. My skin is taking on another texture, that I won't dare call wrinkles. And what isn't drooping or "textured," is filled out with a few extra pounds I seem to accumulate with each passing year! And when they talk about the "young kids," I'm not in that group any more, but officially a middle-aged adult! But, I feel like I'm finally at the age, I'm not trying to impress others for and with the wrong things, or stay hip and say all the right things! I'm now free to be me and appreciate the things we really should in life....like my beautiful family....children who fill my heart and make my life what it is each day,....and my husband who loves me like I am....and if he doesn't, he keeps it to himself!
My daughter woke up at 8:00, to bake me a cake before church. The delicious cake was butter pecan with buttercream icing, and would melt in your mouth!
The festivities were over the for day...or so I thought!!!
We went to the bookstore and hung out a while. My husband was relaxing and all of the sudden said, well let's go....highly unlike him...he could spend hours in a bookstore!!! We load up and head to what I thought.... HOME! My son has turned into a Civil War buff, ....so as we near a park, my husband pulls into it, and tells my son, he wants to show him a civil war cannon that used to be in the park. As we drive up, I see what looks like the back of my mom walking up to a shed, and then I see a car that looks just like me SIL's....and then these people are waving...but the park is crowded, so they are probably waving at a car behind us...and and then we pull into the parking space, and my husband says...."get out"...I open the door...and they all start singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
And then....I CRIED!!!
My sister-in-law, Leighann, and dear friend, Jeanna threw me a SURPRISE 40th Birthday!
I found out later they had been planning it for months, and everyone knew about it....and I had absolutely no idea! I was touched beyond measure!!! I love to throw parties...it is one of the things I live for...LOL! It was really strange, when the tables were turned and I was the one the party was for! Leighann and Jeanna did a wonderful job and threw me an amazing party!!! They rounded everyone up, and coordinated every little detail, which was quite a feat considering they had to drag all the stuff to the park, on a very windy day! Several people brought food and the fellowship was great!
Thank You, Leighann & Jeanna!!!!!
......and, to all the others who chipped in!!!
Kevin, my witty husband (in the light blue shirt), entertaining the guys with his jokes and tales! He is a great storyteller! :)
I received some WONDERFUL GIFTS!!!
These were some of the funnier ones....
This was my gift from my dad! It was actually an old metal coal bucket I loved, but the packaging...he went all out didn't he! LOL!!!
And what is a milestone birthday without a gag, Over the Hill gift....and so, this was mine from Leighann...oh she got me good, but I'm not above regifting...and she turns 40 next year! LOL!!!
Another gag gift from Leighann! My legs are so short, I have to slide the driver's seat all the way, as far as it will go, UP to the steering wheel....everyone picks on me and says I look like Garfield plastered to the windshield!
This was a wonderful Birthday, but I did not share it alone!
Edna Parker, from Indiana, turned 115 today! The oldest human being alive! She was born in 1893, and was widowed in 1939!
Happy Birthday, Edna!