Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Turning 40.........


This was the year...there was no stalling it, I had to do it. I tried to convince myself otherwise but the days crept nearer and nearer and before I knew it I was on the verge of turning 40.
40
four-0
forty
4x10
Hmmmm.....I would like to say it didn't bother me one bit, but that would be a lie.
It did bother me.
I also felt empowered and very grown up.
My husband asked me what I wanted to do to mark the occasion.
I said "I want to go to henrybella's bakery."
He said "That's it? Pretty simple request. Where is it?"
I nonchalantly said: "Texas."
He didn't miss a beat, he just said "You should go."
So I did.
Did I mention that we live in upstate New York?
This was to be a road trip of the grandest kind.


And here I am at henrybella's with my sweet girls.
Sadly, henrybella's had to close shortly after our visit, but the owner and I share a birthday and she totally inspired me with her blog, her home, her writing, her baking, her dreaming and most of all her faith.
She has had lots of changes and continues to inspire me.

Here we are about ready to eat some southern style catfish and greens....

Turning 40 wasn't as bad as I imagined.
It still freaks me out a bit, but it is what it is.
My only option is to embrace it, right?
I have never been the driver on trips that I have taken, I am either with my husband or with Sharlyn and they prefer to drive and I prefer to read the map. Driving this far and this long on my own really was a turning point for me. I really can do anything I set my mind to. I felt proud of myself and kind of amazed and impressed by my bravery. I am so blessed. SO BLESSED. When I decided I wanted to take this trip it had to be low budget. LOW. Like almost no budget. It just so happenened that every 7 hours or so on the exact route I needed to drive to get to henrybella's was a family that we had traveled to China with when we adopted Lilly.They each met me with a smile and a cozy bed and warm meal.
These people have become family.
Bonded for life, and I couldn't be happier.
 So what started out as a crazy idea turned into a reunion with each one of these wonderful families. I never imagined the bonds and the laughter and the LOVE  that would occur between all of us.
Blessed, blessed and blessed.
I'll take 40 anyday.

1 comment:

Brin said...

Awh! That was SUCH a cool day... meeting you and those precious girls! I'm so honored you made that trip and felt immediately like I'd met a long-lost sister... :)

Here's to April 8th... and many, many happy ones to come! Are we getting together next decade, too? How about I come see YOUR dream next time?

Brin

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