Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Housekeeping!! (and update on the celebration)

I added a new blog A Catholic Mother's Thoughts. Rosemary is an experienced mom with her youngest children the same age as my older kiddos. I have enjoyed reading her posts thus far, and welcome her to my blogroll.

I moved around the blog roll a bit, deleting links that no longer exist (bye Eight is Enough *sniff, sniff*) and moving inactive blogs to the bottom of the list.

Well, this is it, the last day of the thirties. We ended up having an impromtu party for my son who just had a birthday. The opportunity arose to gather all the cousins and friends, so we seized the moment.

Last evening my husband and two of his friends came over and brought their guitar and harmonica. I enjoyed myself so much, listening to a real live blues jam session, extemporaneous lyrics and all.

I decided to move my haircut and manicure to next week, so tomorrow will be a day of relaxation, family time, visiting my sister's in law again, and maybe even a long bubble bath while reading my new book. Anyone read "In a Dark Wood Wandering" by Hella S. Haasse? It is a novel about the Middle Ages. I am only 17 pages in, but it is pretty good so far.

I know I have made a big deal out of the big 4-0, but mostly I just want to reflect on the many blessings showered upon me thus far in my life, and make a commitment to consciously live each day from now on. I also am reading a book called, "I Will Not Die an Unlived Life". It reminds me of "A Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindburgh, which is one of my all time favorite books.

Oh, I also bought the book Rosemary suggested "Strong Women Stay Young", and am really excited by it.

So between my increased attendance at Diving Liturgy (at least 2 times a week, usually 3), my iconography, my new found ability to carve out fun time for my family and for myself, and my new book on strengthening, I am mightily encouraged about what the 40's will bring my way.

Thank you all for your kind suggestions and good wishes. I feel so blessed by each of you, as well, and I am grateful for the time you spend here.



Blogger Rosemary Bogdan said...

Thank you. I am so honored to be on your blogroll. You will certainly be on mine too when I figure out how to do one. (I am technologically-challenged. This is really a big step for me to start a blog. I'm 51 and trying to keep my mind open to trying new things.) Have a very happy birthday. Hope you like "Strong Women Stay Young." I found it very motivating.

August 01, 2006  
Blogger Ginger said...

Happy Birthday, Mary Poppins Not!!! I'm here to tell you that the 40s are even better than the 30s. Welcome to them! Your birthday is exactly 10 years after my husband's; he turns 50 tomorrow.

I pray that you will have many blessings on this birthday, and in the year ahead...and that your days may also be long in Blogland. :)

August 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Renee! (It's Wednesday as I write this). I hope your 40's brings you lots of love, happiness and good surprises!

August 02, 2006  
Anonymous Mama T said...

Happy Birthday MPN!!!

The forties are GREAT (I know, since I have finished them :-0).

May you be blessed with more than you can imagine for yourself!

August 02, 2006  
Blogger Mimi said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, dear Mary Poppins NOT! Your forties will be a true blessing, I am sure!

Looking forward to getting to know Rosemary better.

August 02, 2006  
Blogger PopTart Mom said...

~*~Happy Birthday, Renee!~*~

(Thanks for not giving up on me!)

August 02, 2006  
Blogger Ayekah said...

Happy Birthday Renee and I agree with Ginger......the 40's are better than the 30's for sure!! Many blessings!

August 02, 2006  
Blogger glorybe said...

Awesome! You are so ready for your forties!
Have a wonderful, happy and blessed decade. :)

August 02, 2006  
Blogger :o) said...

Happy birthday (a little early)! I hope this new decade brings wonderful things to you.

August 03, 2006  
Blogger Patti Anne said...

Easch age has its blessings and its challenges. My dad sometimes says cryptically, "Aging is hell" but I don't think even he really means that most days. I have passed the 51 mark, with my friend Rosemary, and I know that I still have a lot of growing to do. May God bless you with all of his graces for the age.

August 04, 2006  

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