Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lordy, Lordy, Leah's Forty !!!!!


You Know You're 40 When...

The checker at the grocery calls you ma'am instead of miss

The reading glasses in the drug store don't look so dorky anymore

Two words...sensible shoes

Your handbag grows yearly - better to hold your reading glasses and sensible shoes

A dinner reservation for 9 pm sounds absolutely insane

When the switch turns off and you, all of a sudden, need glasses.

You realize your parents were right after-all.

Four door cars seem OK now

You actually start saying the kid they just hired.

The kid they just hired is yours.

You start worrying about tax deductions because you're losing dependents to claim.

You sing along with elevator music.

People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"

You remember life before computers and cell phones

You remember when drivers weren't calling or texting their friends while sharing the road with you.

You remember using a typewriter to do your papers.

You know what white-out is, and how to use it.

My sister turns 40 today. I have been waiting for this milestone. You know as siblings we can't wait for payback and we will continue to tease and pester each other, but I will try and be nice for the moment. lol
It doesn't seem possible that we are getting older. You know you are getting older when you can remember when your parents were that age and you start reflecting back on your teens and twenties because we have kids that are that age now. I think reflecting is a sign of getting older too. ha,ha. Where did time go? They say life begins at forty, welcome to the club.

On milestone birthdays we like to joke about age but really it is not about a number it is our attitude about our age. Some don't feel their age and some do. The saying goes, you are only as old as you feel. Some act their age and some don't. It is how we see things in life. We must love life and enjoy every minute of it. Live life to your full potential and don't sweat the small stuff. It will all work out. Live Well .. Love Much .. Laugh Often.

The last few months have not been easy but I am thankful to still be able to share another birthday with my sister. We have been able to spend lots of time together that in the past wouldn't have been possible because of work, schedules, etc. We probably still spend more time together than the average family does.

We have shared a lot of laughs the past few months. When we were at Emory the other day the place was filled with people and everyone was so somber. We were both talking and laughing and people started watching and listening in on our conversation. One man close to us didn't want us to know that he was listening in so he kept his eyes closed and kept smiling as we talked. Maybe he thought the circus was missing a couple clowns or he was enjoying the conversation. These people really don't have a lot to smile about when you hear their stories but it is nice to know that maybe someone can have some sunshine in their lives for the moment. Laughter is the best medicine. When you can laugh, you feel peace in your storm.

Today we will count our blessings and thank God for each year and for everyday he has given us. Psalm 118:24 says: This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the version of "Happy Birthday" that we sang in church growing up.

Happy Birthday to you,
a Happy Birthday to you
may you feel Jesus near
everyday of the year.
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
and the best year you ever had.
If you are reading this and have a moment, please post a comment to Leah. You can share your thoughts or maybe a memory. It would mean a lot to her and make her day special. Thanks to everyone for all you have done. Looking forward to many more years and making more memories.

To my Sister:
God made us sisters,
Our hearts made us friends.
Love keeps us bonded
Thru thick and thru thin.

"Happy 40th Birthday"

God Bless and Keep you always,
Love ya,

P.S. Congratulations to our cousin Sarah who is getting married today.


Vernie said...

Happy Birthday to one of my most cherished friends in the world! It was not by chance we met, I don't believe "chance encounters". I think our lives and paths cross for reasons we may never know or fully understand. Whatever plans God has for you, and for me, I seek my blessings and I find a reason to be thankful. Today, I am thankful that I met you, and I am more than thankful that you get to celebrate a milestone that I celebrated more years ago than I like to admit sometimes! If you think time goes fast at 40, just wait until 50! You'll see!

Happy Birthday sweet lady, and may you see many, many more!


Christi said...

Happy Birthday Leah!!!! We hope that it's the best you've ever had!

Anonymous said...

Happy 4-0!!! Celebrate it Leah and Steve style (lots of goofy fun and laughing).


Donna said...

Wishing you a very Happy 40th Birthday!


mother said...

Happy Birthday to my miracle child.
Another birthday..another blessing!
It was not by chance, but by God's mercy that He gave life to you at birth, and then gave you life again this year. I don't know the plans that God has for you... but I do know that He has given you Hope and a future!!

I am so sorry that you couldn't be here with us celebrating Sarah's wedding. The wedding was beautiful on the beach. Sarah was a beautiful happy bride.

Happy,happy birthday!!
I love you bunches,

Anonymous said...


Even though i text you Happy Birthday. Just wanted to do it again. HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY. Hope you Had a good one with your family. We sure are getting old. Just wait till youm hit the big 50 like me.

Love, your sis in Indiana

Linda Shanks said...

This is a late HAPPY BIRTHDAY greeting. I am sorry that it is late but I hope you had a wonderful and blessed day. I was not even logged in at all this weekend. Welcome to the 40 club. I have been here a while, but it is not so bad. You are daily in my prayers and I hope you are gaining more strength as every day goes by.

Love & Prayers,

Jennifer said...

Hope you had a wonderful Birthday!I love you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Leah!!!! I knew it was near the end of the month, but I couldn't remember what day exactly. I hope it was a great day for you and that you had some energy to celebrate. I was a couch potato and didn't even get on my computer this weekend - like another of the bloggers. I guess it was the rain factor. You sure don't seem 40 years old and you certainly don't look it. I can't believe I've known you over 20 years. You really haven't changed a bit - which is good because you were a special person then as you are now. What you have gone through lately has only strengthened your character even more and brought out your true inner beauty. I hope you are feeling well and having a great week. Talk to you soon.

Your "old" friend - Tammy