Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The BIG 40

It's hard to believe in just a couple of days, I'll be 40. It seems like just yesterday, my whole family was moving from Rockford to Janesville, I was graduating from high school, then college--then college AGAIN-I met Ted and married him 2 years later (those years flew!), we cried through infertility and then celebrated 2 adoptions, lost my dad to cancer, celebrated a third adoption and then lost Ted's mom. Life is flying. Just yesterday, Ted carried baby Julia in the palm of his hand--today she stands next to me and she reaches my shoulder.
I remember my years at Edgewood and doing my clinical rotations--doing just about everything I could to avoid pediatrics(successfully I might add)--now I'm certified in pediatrics and really can't imagine doing anything else. 10 years ago Ted was planning a surprise party for my 30th birthday--now at 40 all I want to do is sit on my butt on a beach and watch the sun float overhead. I have 3 kids--all in elementary school. We've travelled all over the world--Ted finally flew in an airplane--just to prove we do nothing half way it was clear to the far east side of Russia!
These past 40 years have been a hell of an adventure--what will the next 40 bring? More sports, more graduations, marriages and births--meaning grandchildren some day, sadly more deaths, travel --and just LIFE!! JOY!!! TEARS!! LAUGHTER!! Every variety of emotion possible. I look forward to it.
The mantra of my life: I will not live my life with any regret


Betsy said...

Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like a lifetime of blessings already in the first 40 years!!

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you've got the right plan for the next 40!

Mala said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Here's to many more years and MANY more adventures!!!!