Today is my birthday!! I was born a bit after midnight on this day in 1974, so that makes me 40 years old. I'm going to link up with Hallie at Moxie Wife for my Five Favorite things about this stage in my life...
1. My Marriage
|Engagement Picture, 1998|
2. Having older kids
|Oldest & Youngest|
I should mention it really is nice that the older ones are picking up bigger responsibilities around the house. I pretty much never feed the dog or take out the recycling (unless my kids are at camp). Then I had to write notes to myself to feed the dog so I didn't forget! Doug taught them how to mow the grass last year. They can load dishwashers and do their chores without my supervision. Now that Firstborn is babysitting age I can even run to get milk at the store/pay a bill/return a video or library book without dragging everyone with me. #heaven
I expected my health to decline by the time I hit this age. When you're in your teens and twentys you can pull all nighters and eat Cheez Its and a can of soda for lunch and not really feel any different. Not so now, I would say that train left the station around the time I hit 30. The up side of this is that I can do something about it. It's not because of my age that I can't pull all nighters, it's because humans are designed to need sleep. I understand my body better, with age has come experience and wisdom. When I'm following a paleo diet and exercising I can feel better now and have more energy than I did 20 years ago. It's my choices that dictate my health, not my age alone.
|Anna Maria Island, 2013|
5. Appreciation and Wisdom
|Bubbles, the good things in life!|
Bottom line...I'm getting better at realizing what to major on and what to minor on in all areas of life. My relationship with Christ is growing deeper, my marriage is growing sweeter and my kids are growing up. It's all good and it's all the way it's supposed to be, may God grant me more of His mercy and goodness for my coming years.
|So this is what 40 looks like...|