Happy Birthday!

Once More Around the Sun

I’ve always loved having my birthday on August 31st because the end of summer, the refreshing of my senses brought on by the crisp fall weather, going back to school AND being another year older, all meant for me that it was a New Year, a fresh start, and often the chance to try out a “new me.” That hasn’t really changed at all — though it’s nice not to have to buy my shoes a size too large anymore, knowing I’ll “grow into them!”

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This year we had a really mellow mini vacation, to celebrate my successful completion of another full orbit of the sun, at our favorite place in McCall — “Beth’s Place” — right on Payette lake. I read, started to learn to play my new yukulele, got in a little painting, and even enjoyed a real fire in the fireplace (once we figured out in which position the flue was “open”).

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It was exactly what I needed to mark my 55th.

Then we got home and the accumulated mail was delivered and I thought this little stack pretty much summed up the way I feel about this stage of my life:

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Middle-age is the new Neverland.

Happy Birthday Lina!

I know I often complain about how quickly the month has flown by, or even that if I’m not careful, before I know it the year will be half over.

Actually the year is half over. Dang it.

I apparently live in a state of perpetual chrono-shock, so it should come as no surprise to you when I say I can’t believe it, but MY BABY GIRL IS 26 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!

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I’m not sure how that’s possible since I myself was 26 only a short time ago.

But in fact, it is true. This amazing creature has grown from adorable baby, to rodeo cowgirl…

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to, er…twins…?

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to high society dame

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to someone who spends a lot of time counseling people on couches…

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and (you can actually see her in action here)…

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I can honestly say she was the easiest child I ever raised. She never talked back once!

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Now that she has moved to Chicago and has found full time work counseling the clergy…

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and stunt modeling for album covers…

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her Dad and I are confident she will continue to grow and AMAZE US EVERY SINGLE DAY!

We love you Lina-Lou!!! Happy Birthday!!! And Many Moooore!