Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Birthdays Are Good For You!

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. ~ Father Larry Lorenzoni

Today is my birthday! I celebrate another year of life!

Each day brings new blessings, and each birthday a sense of joy and accomplishment. Growing older has taught me that there is so much more I want to learn, to see, to feel, and to do. I feel as if my purpose in life now is to reap the harvest and carefully preserve it to nourish my soul, body and mind.

Growing older is a privilege. It may have brought me grey hair, weaker eyes, achy joints and a thicker waist, but it also brought a sense of freedom and expectation and a respect for myself that I didn't have when I was younger.
The things I had concern about years ago seem trivial now compared to having good health, more time to spend with family and friends, and anticipation for the many good things yet to look forward to such as becoming a grandparent and my husband's retirement in a few years.

God had blessed me with a loving husband and children, and I am grateful and thankful. They have always been my focus, my fulfillment, and my truest treasures.

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matt 6:21

These beautiful roses were a surprise sent to me this morning from my son and daughter-in-law! Gorgeous roses for a June birthday. They smell so sweet! I love their assorted colors and sizes as if they were fresh picked from a garden. Thank you V & V!

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. ~ Seneca

This very thoughtful gift is from my daughter! As a surprise she had all my digital photos from our trip to Ireland printed, and she placed them all in three albums. Each album has a folder that can hold the brochures and paper mementos from our trip, and there is space on the side of each photo where I can write its description. Thank you L!

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

- Franz Kafka

Thank you dear family and friends, and all who read this blog!

Turning 55 today has brought me happiness beyond measure, and it's all because of you!


Anonymous said...

Well, Happy, Happy Birthday to one of my favorite blogging buddies. We are the same age - that is until I turn 56 next month. ;-)

In fact, I just had a slice of birthday cake for you. One of the girls in our department had a birthday, so we celebrated her. She just turned 25. I think I can remember 25.

I agree with everything you said. Life just keeps getting sweeter. I wish happiness and good health.

steviewren said...

Happy Birthday! I agree that family and friends are the best gifts for a satisfied life. I see you have both in good measure. Enjoy your day!

Vee said...

Happy birthday, Pat! My goodness, you don't look a day over 30! I can hardly believe that we are nearly the same age. Someone's doing something right and it isn't I! LOL!

Your gifts are many and wonderful. One of them is to be able to clearly see your blessings. That is one of the very best.

I know that you'll create a beautiful day with your family and friends. It's the beginning of one of the best years ever!

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy birthday Pat! I hope you have a wonderful year. Your roses are so beautiful and your daughter was so thoughtful to take the time to put your photos together like that. Organizing photos is such a chore sothat is really a great gift:>)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Pat!
What a beautiful birthday post! Everything you said is so true!
Have a truly blessed day! Your gifts are so sweet and special, how thoughtful!!
Big hugs sweetie!! Sherry
Thank you for being my friend Pat!

Kathy said...

Hi Pat, I just came by to see where in Ireland you were taking us next and I see you are celebrating your birthday today, many, many happy returns of the day to you. I enjoyed Waterford, thank you for your tips on blogging, and I love that your hubby is from Italy, lucky you!. enjoy your special day and your gifts, hugs, Kathy.

Tess Kincaid said...

Happiest of birthdays, dear friend!!! You are certainly blessed with a family and friends who love you! Enjoy the rest of your special day.

Dorothy said...

Pat...Happy Birthday sweet lady...what a beautiful post...every single word of it..Good blessings for you today and every day my friend...Dee Dee

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Happy Birthday dearest Pat! I am way behind in my blogging with the happy chaos of helping very pregnant daughter. Glad I clicked on you today so I didn't miss your special day.

Hugs and Best Wishes to You,

Betsy Brock said...

Here's wonderful birthday wishes coming to you ....sounds like you have been loved and gifted well today! :)

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

You are just a little spring chickie---I am 60! Happy Birthday to You! I agree with you, it's more important to be grateful for good health, happy family relationships and dear friends. My sister died when she was only 40 years old. It put the idea of numbers of years lived in a whole new light. I hope you had a terrific day celebrating your wonderful life.

Unknown said...

Happy birthday to you!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I had to hold back the tears between your words and the music Pat. Well said my friend! and a very happy B-day to you!

Unknown said...


You are growing younger by the year. Am so glad I know you :)

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday, Pat...a day late! ;o) So glad you had a wonderful day. Those roses are gorgeous...can almost smell them through the sceen! Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS)) Stop by my place, if you can, I'm having a little gift giveaway!

Louise said...

I do hope you had a really enjoyable birthday Pat. To receive the album of your trip to Ireland must have been such a lovely surprise. Beautiful roses too. x

Lavinia said...

A Happy Happy Birthday to you! Those roses are lovely, and your life philosophy is a very wise one, and a recipe for contentment.

Many blessings to you in the upcoming year, I hope its the best ever...

nanatrish said...

Pat, Very happy belated Birthday, but this is still your birthday week! Your flowers and gifts were wonderful. I agree with your statement about things getting sweeter. There are different challenges, but I am able to look at some things very differently now that I'll be 59 in September. God is so good!

Michelle said...

Happy, happy birthday to a lady I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know through your blog!

Have a piece of cake for me!!


PAT said...

A belated happy birthday to you dear Pat! We are just about 10 years apart. I'll be 65, next month. All you have written is the absolute truth!


katylinvw said...

hope you had the most wonderful birthday! and many more to come!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

HAPPY Belated birthday! Thank you for stopping by and entering my giveaway...maybe you'll win an extra bday present!


Grand Life said...

Happy Birthday to you. I turn 65 on Saturday and it will be lonely as I'm 500 miles away from children and grandchildren. But will see them the following week.
I'll have a hostess cupcake in your honor on the way home from the Library. Have a great week.

Marg said...

Happy Birthday. 55 will be another great year. My wish is that you will be blessed with health from above.

What a wonderful way to celebrate your day. I love your photo album ideas. That's great.
Don't worry about the grey hair.
As per my blog, just step into that new Olympic Swimwear and life will be turned around.
Have a great day.

Just A Girl said...

Hi Pat,
Happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day and that it carries through to the weekend. Do you have any fun plans for your special day? I always like to treat myself to something I normally don't do. I hope you do too!

Firefly Nights said...

Happy Birthday. You have a most interesting blog. I briefly looked through your Ireland trip and will come back to read it more thoroughly and read some of your other items. Your travel photos are great.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry I'm a day late. I didn't get a chance to read everyone's blogs yesterday.

Hope you had a wonderful day. I also hope this year is the best ever for you!


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Pat!!!!! What a beautiful post. Loved the first quote! ha ha... What beautiful gifts from your children. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in Ireland, and that you are now safely home... Hope you blow out all your candles and that all your wishes come true :)...Donna

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat - you've been tagged!...Donna

Judy said...

Happy Birthday, Pat! What a great birthday post...I am totally in agreement with you! Many blessings for your birthday and the year that lies ahead.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Happy Belated Birthday Pat!! I hope you have a wonderful 55th year!!!
Birthday Hug!!

smilnsigh said...

I'm a bit late with Happy Birthday wishes. But just as heartfelt, as if on time.

Yes, the older we got, our priorities do change. Health becomes one of the tippy top. :-))))

Beautiful flowers and you took beautiful photos, of them.

'Smilnsigh' blog

Gina said...

Ah so it was your birthday! :)
Hope you had a wonderful day! I loved your thoughts and your gifts are so beautiful.. and here's to a fabulous year ahead!!
(((((hugs))))) Gxxox

Marina Capano said...

Happy birthday, Pat!nice post! see you!

Rue said...

Happy belated Birthday my sweet friend!! I wish you many many more.