Thursday, December 22, 2011

Forty One

 Tuesday was my birthday.
I am 41.
I think my heart just started beating faster. 
When I type that number, I don't connect it to me.
I don't feel 41. My friends & family say I don't look 41. 
That is why I love them. :)

I have learned a lot this last 40th year. 
Some big "Aha" moments and some small little silly things.
I thought I would share some of them.

1) God is so good. HE is faithful and HIS timing is perfect.
2) A broken heart can heal, gain strength, and fill with happiness.
3) ART is my passion and I am blessed to do what I love.
4) I can still groove with girls half my age. 
5) My daughter is growing up into a sweet, independent girl with a beautiful, 
bright, creative spirit. Boy, do I love this girl. 
6) Time goes by so fast. I savor my sweet days home with my little guy - who has stolen my heart. He makes me swoon. :)
7) I can live without cheese, milk, meat, eggs, AND chocolate. :)
8) A vegan diet is SO delicious and makes me feel a million times better. 
9) Two year olds say the cutest things in the cutest way.
10) I miss being in the classroom.
11) I am enough. There are always things to work on, but I am OK the way God made me. :)
12) Dreams have NO age limit.
13) A hot date to me is dinner, coffee, my man, and a bookstore. 
14) True friends don't expect...just love.
15) Sometimes seemingly "negative" things are really blessings in disguise.
16) I love blogging. I do. Big puffy heart, warm fuzzy - love. I love reading about you, 
hearing your stories, seeing the 
endless creativity, learning from you, 
sharing with you, and the comments fill me up. 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
I am looking forward to another year. Aren't you? I am anxiously awaiting the journey God has in store for me (and you) this coming year!



  1. Happy Birthday Jen! What a great photo. You are beautiful! Love your list of things you learned last year. I am enough... LOVE it! Merry Christmas!

  2. Happy Birthday Jen! I just learned that we both celebrate our birthdays on the last month of the year. :) I wish you more love, happiness and of course more inspiring and heart warming art works... Merry Christmas too! Enjoy the holidays.

  3. You are beautiful Jen!! Happy Birthday !! and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas! Loved your list and like you looking forward to what the new year will bring!

  5. Happy Birthday Jen and Merry Christmas. Ahh--you're just a baby--treasure these times--they more than fly by!
    P.S. I love #12 and #15 on your list :)
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

  6. Happy Birthday - it was also my son's birthday (he turned 31!). I loved your list. Wishing you the best for the year ahead. ♥

  7. What a beautiful post!
    AND HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY you beautiful girl, you!!
    I LOVE your pictures and your artwork is so sweet.
    YEAH for 41 and loving where you are - that's the biggest gift of all.
    I hope you had the happiest day (which you share with my friend of 20+ years - I KNEW I liked you ;) and that you and yours have the Merriest of Christmases!

  8. Happy Birthday! I have a December 30 child and think it's such a festive time of year to have your birthday. Merry Christmas to you, too!

  9. Happy Birthday! I have a December 30 child and think it's such a festive time of year to have your birthday. Merry Christmas to you, too!

  10. Happy happy birthday!!! You dont look 41. Hope your year is the best ever!!

  11. Happy belated Birthday hun! What good things to have learnt. And NO, you certainly don't look 41. Merry christmas and a happy new year :) x

  12. Happy Birthday to you! you definitely don't look your age, must be the vegan diet :-)
    I'm trying it, and I feel so much better when I eat natural foods, you know, the ones that God made, not the stuff made in factories.

    Merry Christmas to you, may the new year bring you even more blessings

  13. I feel kind of silly saying this but your post made me cry. So full of beauty and maybe because I felt so many of the same things you did this year. You are a young 41. Happy (Belated) Birthday!!
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  14. Happy birthday n happy holidays!
    You look so young.
    I love your list
    Happy merry

  15. Happy Belated Birthday Jen!
    Looking Good!! You'll have to let me know your secret!! ;)
    Fab List!! liking #11....
    #12 & #15 are so true! - Thanks for sharing!
    Jan x