Today is my birthday.

The child in me is excited and eager to see what the day will hold.

The adult says, “Welcome to being a grown up. You have responsibilitis to your family. ”

Isn’t it funny but the older we get the less important our birthdays become? When we are young our birthdays are days to be celebrated by going out and partying with our friends. I never did any of that in my twenties. Shoot I got married right out of high school and by the time I turn 21 I was pregnant with my first baby. I wouldn’t change that for all the parties in the world.

I wouldn’t change any part of my life for someone else’s.

How many can say that after being with the same person for 21 years, that you love them now more than you did the day that you said I do? How many can find contentment in the day today routines when they have been the same for at least 6 years? And how many can say that they have realised to dream at the age of 36 that they never even realize they had?

I would say God has blessed me in a big way. I have people around me who love me and accept me for my quirky, sassy, and sometimes “a little too much” personality . I know who I can trust with my deepest thoughts and I never have to question whether or not they will turn their backs on me.

In the last year, I have taken a vacation with my family that we thought we would never get to make. As an added bonus you were able to make a pit stop in Savannah Georgia and go and see the ocean. The double portion blessing was that all bills were able to be paid before we even left.

I’ve also written three books in the last year. That alone is a story in itself. I never thought that I would ever do anything more then teach my children and love my husband. I’m still learning but what can you expect in the first year.

If I had known 6 years ago that God would have me in the place that I am now I would have told you that you were crazy. I thought I would be a bridal consultant for life and eventually own my own salon. Boy am I glad that the bank turned down my request for a loan 7 years ago when I try to get one to buy a bridal shop. It just goes to show you have to be careful making too many plans for your future when God has his own plan for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 has been my verse for my entire adult life. It promises me that God knows what he’s doing with my life even though I don’t. That He’s never going to do anything to hurt me or turn his back on me. I know what I am to him. I am his daughter and I long for nothing more then whatever it is that he has for my life. My past would tell me I should be leery because history has a way of repeating itself sometimes, but my God tells me to trust him and to do as he asks. Through that obedience I have been blessed with beautiful life. What more could I ask for?

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Everyday, I fall a little more for my leading man

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My family means the world.

 

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Kids and I at The Magic Kingdom

 

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Kids and I in Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA

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Check on the bucket list – stand in the ocean

6 Comments

  1. Nancy Jones

    Happy Birthday.

  2. Beverley ann hopper

    Happy birthday melissa have a fabulous day

  3. Tanya

    Happy birthday. I hope you have a fantastic day. I loved reading your post and looking at your pictures. What a great positive post. Yes things do change as you have a family of your own but those special kisses and breakfasts in beds from the children are magic.

    Again happy birthday xx

  4. Annie JC

    Happy Birthday Melissa!

  5. Deanna S

    Happy Birthday!
    Each on is a Blessing!
    Enjoy!

  6. Melissa Wardwell

    Thank you All for your birthday wishes. It was a busy day and my family was a blessing. My boys did well in their basketball game, my husband and daughter found beautiful earrings as a gift, and I spent time with my mother and grandmother. A great day for sure

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