Monday, July 07, 2014

Today, I'm 70 years old

I remember thinking my Grandma Stevens was really old when she was in her sixties.  Silly me.  I am receiving dozens of birthday greetings from my Facebook friends, which is always fun.  These days I am not a greeting-card-sender, so I don't get a lot of cards, and I don't really expect them.  Still, all those superficial greetings on Facebook are nice.  Somebody knows I was born!  

Psalm 90:10 has been on my mind lately:  "The days of our lives are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow.  For it is soon cut off, and we fly away."  

Well, I've now made it to threescore and ten, and I'm thankful for every minute of it.  I stepped outside with my coffee this morning and there were cone flowers and day lilies wishing me happy birthday.  The cows were up front of the trailer house, laying behind the barn, and I thought, "I love cows."  I mosied out near the chicken house and there was Mama Hen with her 13 chicks.  What fun!  Happy birthday to me!  

You know you're getting older when your morning prayers includes words like this:  "Please help me endure whatever pain comes today, and thank You for aspirin and Tylenol."  I'm serious, I pray this often.  

Even though aches and pains plague me at times, I enjoy life.  I have fun with my husband, my computer, my cows and chickens, and my life behind the barn.  I enjoy my family.  The little girl we babysit has been a highlight, our little ray of sunshine; she's a birthday gift every time she comes through the door, a gift that keeps on giving.  

We had a perfectly wonderful Independence Day here, with interesting people sharing the day with us.  Yes, friends, I've learned that you can still have fun, even if your knees ache sometimes.  I wish I slept a little better than I do, but I remind myself often that waking up early in the morning just gives me more time to enjoy life. 

Me, eight days old
If you read my recent entry that included a letter that the doctor who delivered me wrote to my mother after my birth, you probably read between the lines and figured out that I was not expected to live.  Then there was a time when I was seven years old that I spent over a week in the hospital, and once again, family members seemed to think I was a goner.  We never knew what was wrong with me, I just suddenly got better and my parents took me home.  When I think about these two "close calls", it makes me extra thankful for this life.   

So it is, indeed, a happy birthday for me. 

15 comments:

Hollie said...

The simple things in life are a true treasure! Happy Birthday!!

Charade said...

Happy Birthday to you, indeed. At least you're not as old as the other birthday we just celebrated - America's! Love that sweet baby pic.

Southern Gal said...

🎈Happy Birthday Donna, hope you have a joyous day!🎉

Jon said...

I love your baby photo - it's so sweet! Happy Birthday, Donna! I hope you have a fantastic day.

Average Jane said...

I always remember your birthday because it's the same day as mine! Hope this is the start of a delightful year for you. :)

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Donna!! Love the baby picture you were a cutie.

Kevin E said...

Wishing you more of a very happy birthday and week.

Enjoy (as you obviously are).

patsy said...

happy birthday.

Sue said...

im so happy for your multiple lifes and that your having a wonderful Birth Day reminecing about yout your life s gone by Happy Birthday Donna.and may you have many more lifes and Birthdays to come ...i so much enjoy your posts and get so jealous of all the fun you have in life ..and all your energy and determination to bring new things into your life at your young age of 70.go blessed you and i feel me too in getting to follow your life all these years ...

Paula said...

Beautiful baby on a beautiful rocker. Perfect combination.

Jerry & Vikki said...

I love getting up early to start the day, wouldn't have it any other way! Happy Birthday Donna!
Vikki P

krueth said...

Happy Birthday! What an adorable picture of you :-) Enjoy reading your blog. Wendy

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy Birthday!

Talk..to..Grams said...

Happy Birthday! I will be 76 next month . When I was young I thought wow how can any one be that old!! Changed my tune now!

TARYTERRE said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Hope it was perfect in every way.