Thursday, February 05, 2009

YES, IT'S TRUE...Today I'm 62!


Ever since I was a little girl I have ALWAYS loved birthdays. In my photo albums growing up, lovingly constructed by my very own Mom, there are countless pictures of me at my own birthday parties in frilly, tafetta dresses decked out with a large bow in the back.

I always wear a huge grin on my face as well!

Birthdays in my family are not just a day in which to be celebrated, but also a chance to celebrate the people who bless our lives. So today thoughts of loved ones, here and gone, flash through my mind and heart! God has really blessed me by surrounding me with such wonderful soul mates for life...folks who love me and support me, real angels!

My Mom and dad were and are angels in my life! I was adored and cherished, the greatest gift you can ever give a child. Toni Morrison, an acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning author once said,

"Every time my children walk in the room I want them to see me "light up"! I want them to know that they hold the key to my heart!"

My parents "lit up" when I walked in the room! They gave me a gift of unconditional love that I have tried to pass on to everyone I meet! I held the key to their hearts.

My precious husband Bert is an angel in my life! When I met Bert my heart was broken. I felt like I might never find someone who could truly love me...for me. Just as I am, flaws and all.
Every day since I've known Bert...I have been loved like my parents loved me. I feel adored and cherished. What a gift to my soul.

And there are NO words that could ever express the gift God gave me when He blessed me with my precious daughters....Jessi and Amy! There are tears streaming down my face as I write this. They hold the key to MY heart! They are angels in my life! I light up inside when I think about them, talk about them, or see them. I remember THEIR birthdays so vividly. You two, and your wonderful families, are my best birthday present EVER!

And then there are my angel grandchildren...a "renewal gift" from God! Another chance to love and be loved. I adore them all and they are a gift to my heart!

And then there are my dear, dear friends...companions in life and truly a blessing from the Lord!
Their love and support makes my world a better place! I am so grateful to each of you for caring about me.

And then there are my students , old and new, whose lives have touched and blessed mine. They have come out of the woodwork lately to say "Thanks!" Nancy, Myia, Holly, Patty, Michael...thank you for your letters and phone calls. I heard from Nancy who was in my class when I FIRST started teaching! What an honor! You are angels in my life!

And to all the other angels...consulting clients, the folks at my church, the gals from my espresso spot who got me flowers yesterday...I am blessed to know you all!

And to my God who made me, one hand and all, who made me Linda, just as I am...I am grateful for your deep and daily love. May the way I lead my life...glorify YOU!

Yes, it's true. Today I turn 62! And I'm living EVERY day as if it was my last!

May God Bless you and keep YOU! May He make His face to shine upon YOU and give you peace!

Love Linda

8 comments:

Tiffany said...

Great post, Linda! Happiest of birthdays to you! All of your "angels" are just as blessed to have you in their lives as well. I hope you have a wonderful day!

xoxo

Our Family said...

Happy Birthday, Mama! I love you and am blessed to be part of your family. I hope that you have a great day!

XOXO, me

jessithompson said...

Happy Birthday, MOM! I hope you have a wonderful day today. I am so glad that you were born. Your life continually blesses mine. I love you with all my heart.

XOXO

M-Dot said...

Linda,

Happy birthday, thank you for sharing your thoughts and your family with all of us at Tri-Fusion.

Michelle and Jay Huskinson

Roger Thompson said...

Linda,

Happy Birthday! I hope you special day was memorable and celebrated. I know these days are great days for you and I can already seeing you driving to school smilin', singing, and dancing...all while driving to school. Great post and reflections.

Happy Birthday!

Love,
Roger

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Linda!

Your light and joyful smile shine brightly for all who know you -- to help warm our hearts and to help to light our paths with love.

Thanks for all you gve to our special daughters and grandkids! They are blessed to have you in their happy lives.

Old poem, still true:

Of her life she made a flower.
She placed it in a bouquet
and gave it away.

Happy birthday!

Love,
Tim

Madison said...

happy Birthday!!!! I hope you liked the flowers! (Did you get them?) Love you lots!

Madison

Kim said...

I love birthdays too. I hope you had a very special day. You are so loved and appreciated and such a gift to all the lives you touch.

Love,
Kim

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