Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. 

- Lucille Ball

I celebrated another birthday this week. As always, I delicately side-step questions that have any direct reference to age. After all, lying about my age has now become easier since I really forget what it is. I stopped counting at 28, and believe me, after a while – what you think, you are! Wink!

Just to clarify, I am not scared of growing old. What I am scared of is looking old. Remember my thoughts on looking like someone's middle-aged mom?

Let me own up and admit that there are times when I look in the mirror expecting to see a dewy-skinned woman, only to see a face that is starting to get lightly tainted with a few creases here and there ( and please, let me put the emphasis on the word lightly ). When I notice the arms that used to be toned with years of carrying three babies in succession have slowly started to show a slight waggle. When the tiny waist that I showed-off years ago has slowly grown - inch by inch, I regrettably tell you - closer to infinity!!! Haaay! These are the moments…

And yet I am in my happy place, I am pleased with the person that I am today! I am thankful for what the years have brought me – a loving husband whose firm hands have tenderly held mine for the last 15 years, whose generous spirit have indulged me in my numerous whims and wants; tight hugs and sweaty kisses from my three kids, who are my inspiration for continuously wanting to be a better person; a healthy body and a grateful spirit to enjoy the countless blessings; a big God up there who is continuously watching over my family. Like everyone else, there have been a few rough bumps along the way, but this verse always inspires:

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

-Jeremiah 29:11

And so I look to the future with HOPE because I trust my LORD.

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