How Old Am I??

This week I turn 38 years old. The older I get, the more I tend to forget how old I will be turning. I keep thinking I am only going to be 37. Nope, 38. When I was a kid, I never seemed to forget how old I was turning. Like my son, who will be turning seven in less than six weeks (and could tell me this fact in his sleep), I never used to forget.

I could not wait to turn 16. I remember being at the DMV as soon as school let out that afternoon and standing in line to get my driver’s license. When I was 18, I was so proud to be old enough to vote in the next election. 38 just seems to be another year older. But today, in honor of my upcoming birthday, and since I couldn’t think of anything else to blog about, I wanted to list 38 reasons (in no particular order) why I am happy to be alive and to be having another birthday.

  1. coffee, ice cream, chocolate,avocados, sushi and pizza
  2. going back to the Dominican Republican in November
  3. hearing and seeing the funny things my son says and does
  4. walks with my dog
  5. cool breezes through open windows
  6. having my back tickled
  7. discovering something new about myself
  8. discovering something new about God
  9. taking a risk
  10. sunrises over the Perquiman’s River
  11. sunrises or sunsets anywhere
  12. the smell after it rains
  13. running a 1/2 marathon in April (if not sooner)
  14. crying over something beautiful
  15. eight (amazingly quick) years of marriage in November
  16. being there for a friend
  17. a friend being there for me
  18. making some new friends
  19. watching God work
  20. being a family with my husband and my son
  21. sitting on the beach and listening to the waves
  22. thunderstorms
  23. snow in the South (comes and goes quickly)
  24. hearing a song or reading something that changes/inspires me
  25. role-playing with my son….again
  26. kissing the top of my son’s head and snuggling next to him
  27. listening to my husband play with our son
  28. laughing together as a family over something completely silly
  29. video chatting with family far away
  30. visiting family and friends far away
  31. making soup when the weather cools off
  32. putting the lawn mower away in the fall
  33. taking the lawn mower out in the spring
  34. pumpkin seeds in October
  35. Christmas morning
  36. the smell of cinnamon in December
  37. memories
  38. this spacious journey called life that I get the privilege of experiencing every single day

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