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I had a great birthday – lots of surprises and lots of fun.

Many birthday phone calls and emails…some thoughtful and creative gifts…kind and loving words…a long walk and talk with a good friend…wonderful neighbours who made an awesome lasagna dinner for me and surprised me with a chocolate cake and candles that just couldn’t be blown out..and the night ended with a kazoo-accompanied birthday song duet – I felt special.

It’s good to be remembered and celebrated, isn’t it?

Fifty six years of life and time is passing quicker than ever.

My birthdays encourage me to take inventory of my life.  Where are my choices taking me in the finite number of days ordained to me? Am I loving people well? Do I care about what is really important? Am I growing in wisdom? Does my life glorify God or myself? Am I laughing enough?  Do I “walk my talk?” Am I a peacemaker? Do I choose to forgive? Am I willing to change? What am I learning these days?

Every day IS a gift. I have less days ahead than behind me. I want to make them count.

At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage.      John Andrew Holmes

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  1. Jessie Burgess

    Happy birthday Diane. Sounds as though you had a great day with your friends. I had my 80th birthday this summer and had a great celebration with my family. It is very humbling to know that people love and appreciate you on your special day. May God bless you with good health and much happiness in the year ahead. xoxoxo ‘Mrs. B.’.

    • You are DEFINITELY loved and appreciated, Mrs. B. Love Diane

  2. Karen Perrott

    I’m glad you had a great birthday Diane. You are well loved for sure! Sorry I didn’t get calling you today. I was out all day with group and then 2 meetings. Hope I can catch you tomorrow…

    • Sounds like a busy day for you, Karen. I’ll be sticking close to home tomorrow so let’s talk! Love Diane

  3. Dear Diane,

    I had such great intentions to send you Birthday greetings today, but it didn’t happen. When you have a few more years behind you, you’ll understand, or maybe not!!!

    However, a very Happy Birthday as you have been celebrated today by family , friends and special neighbors. You deserve every act of love, that came your way today. May I add my name to your list?

    I think you are living out your faith, from my perspective, and you do fulfill most if not all the queries you listed. May you spend many more days bringing light to your community of friends and family in your sphere of influence.

    Sending a Birthday hug, Love Barb

    Sent from my iPad

    • Thanks, Barb..your kind words are very much appreciated!

  4. Kathy taylor

    I’m so glad you had a good day despite Chris’ absence. But I know each time you cast your eyes on your bird feeders, you’ll think of home. I’m so happy you are part of our family, Diane. May The Lord continue to bless you, teach you, and give you the desires of your heart, in the years ahead. Again Bonne Fête and much love.love, Kathy

    • Thanks for the blessing, Sis! Much love to you too! Diane

  5. Anne

    Only one word of advice to the birthday girl – always act your shoe size, and never your age!

    • Good advice! I suppose there are times that I act like an 8 year old! 🙂 Love Diane

  6. Happy Birthday Diane! Wow, lasagna and chocolate cake…sounds really awesome! Every time I feel like straying away from the Lord, I think about your encouragments, to find and appreciate Him in the simples of every day life.

    • Thanks, Elvina. It is a wonderful thing to stop and look for God everyday. I’m so thankful for this blog that causes me to look outward and be thankful. Love Diane

  7. Vicky

    I had no clue that it was your birthday so I guess I’m not in trouble BUT I do want to wish you happy belated birthday and hope we get a chance to get together before tooooooo long!

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