Thursday, March 15, 2007

Today’s the 15th of March and my birthday---Chelsey came by the Hangar before school and brought me these gifts. I think she’s got her Mom pretty well figured out. A plate, checked towels, and an angel….


For the years behind me and the years ahead of me I’m pretty content. Looking back there’s no way of predicting the future. I think if I could tell anyone something—this would be the message--- 'Live your life to the fullest because while you can plan for the future you certainly cannot predict it.'

I’ll never forget my ten-year class reunion. I had planned to go, but living so far away, with two infants; money was tight. Don gave me the choice between the reunion or grass for the yard… I chose the latter. I send in my twenty bucks for the photo and class directory. The directory was a compilation of questionnaires we all filled out. It asked marital status, address, job etc. At the time I was a stay at home Mom raising two kids, 1 and 3 years old. I felt like I had the greatest job in the world and in the job “blank” I put housewife. Never gave it a second thought. When I got my directory… I was the only one in the class that wrote that. Anyone “not employed” listed his or her degrees or volunteer work. Can you believe it?!? My Mom was real great about it. She said, “Melanie you were from a class of real overachievers. Time will take care of everything. At your 30 or 40-year reunion people don’t care about titles or paychecks—they’re just glad they made it to the 40th year reunion. Don’t give it another thought.” She knew just what to say…

Gratitudes:
1. Family that loves me
2. Health
3. Dark Chocolate M & M's

23 comments:

pamina (laurence) said...

Happy birthday, have a wonderful day !

Libby said...

Yep, that's me singin' Happy Birthday! I hope your day and your life's plan are rich and full - you deserve it *s*

jpquilter said...

Happy Birthday to you! So nice to know what is important in life. Enjoy.

Carol said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Hope it was a wonderful day!

Elaine Adair said...

A very Happy Birthday to you! May you have a special day!

Gratitudes? M & M makes dark chocolate? I'm doomed.

Hey, during that running, remember to take care of your knees. Running is not all it's cracked up to be.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Happy, happy birthday!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Happy birthday! I don't think I would ever go to a re-union as I went to 4 high schools in 3 different states. Grass anyday!!! And being a housewife and Mom is a great full time job!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Tazzie said...

Happy Birthday to you! Be sure to have a lovely day, you deserve it!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Fiona said...

Belated Birthday Wishes! I'm reading this at 5.45 a.m in the UK - I'd probably gone to bed before you posted yesterday. Your Mom sounds like a wise woman!

anne bebbington said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday - your mom hit the nail on the head and you're so right about living each day to the full. Your daughter's gifts are just perfect

Clare said...

Belated Happy Birthday. Hope you had a lovely day. All the best people have their birthday's on 15th March - it was my Alex's birthday too.

Conni Lu said...

Belated birthday wishes! I just today really read your banner - how cute that you used the quilt block names in there! Love your b'day gifts - lucky you! :D

KCQuilter said...

Happy belated birthday wishes!!! Love your Chelsea-presents!

Dawn said...

Oh happy birthday a bit late! I love your plate! It is so wonderful to hear you are so happy!

Simonetta said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to you!!!Have a great and wonderful day :)))

Lois R. said...

Happy Birthday! And many, many more!

McIrish Annie said...

Happy Birthday and many more!! I just went to my 3oth HS reunion and your mom is right. People wanted to talk about family and hobbies and good times from the past. Jobs were just a paycheck

Joanne said...

Happy Belated Birthday! What wonderful gifts Chelsey gave you -- she sure got it right!
And your mom is so right -- it's amazing what seems important at different times in our lives and what it really comes down to when you figure it out!

TJ said...

Happy Birthday!

Quilterin said...

Belated Happy Birthday! The presents of Chelsa are really nice. I love that style. Hope you had a great day with more surprises!

The Calico Cat said...

Happy belated birthday...

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Happy Birthday... and I very happily put housewife!
Love the log cabin pic from the last post, it looks almost like a painting in the snow.

Quilting Kim said...

Belated birthday greetings. You sure have a special family - a daughter with great taste, a husband that gives you choices and a Mom with unbelievable wisdom. You are richer than you imagined.