Tuesday, October 12, 2010

36 and Counting...

"Grow old with me!
The best is yet to be."
~Robert Browning

"Birthday Week" has officially begun....LET THE SPOILS BEGIN!

Although a time to celebrate, it is also a time of introspection.

Looking back...
I am reminded of the richness 
of living and learning and losing and loving.
of endings and new beginnings.

I am reminded that life is 
so layered.

so complex.

so fragile.

so precious.

I'm reminded to prioritize.

I'm reminded to remember.

to ponder.

to listen.

and to LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

I'm reminded of how fast it really all goes,

every bit of it.

And how important it is to make the time 

to stop and look around.

Going forward...

I'll make every effort to contemplate more beauty,

savor more moments,

be more spontaneous,

and never stop marveling.

I'll spend as much time as I can 

finding new ways to show mercy

and learning how to be more gracious.

I will continue to cherish the richness of truly FEELING.

To embrace every gray hair, and every new wrinkle, 
because it is part of the story of my life...

I will continue to rest in the Hands of Providence,
cherishing every step of this life journey...
I promise to always save a little room in my tummy
for an unexpected nosh...
you never know when a good friend, or,
a new friend will cross your path,
and it could very possibly be "the unpardonable sin" to be "too full"
to share a nibble with another soul :)


  1. Happy Birthday!! Being more than halfway through my 36th year at this point I can firmly say it's a great year! Enjoy your special day!

  2. Happy Birthday!! May your wishes come true! Have a fun and happy day. Enjoy your 36th year, it only comes once! Here's to your 36th birthday! Cheers!

  3. Ciao!!!Buon Compleanno! I wish you a fantastic birthday with lots of blessings! ♥♥

  4. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous 36th year! :)

  5. Happy Birthday fellow libra! Mine is on Friday and I'll be 38 :o) Hope the coming year brings you nothing but joy!

  6. Happy 36th year! May sunshine and gladness be your constant companion all the days of your life! You are blessed!

  7. Happy birthday. I had my 66th this summer. Your blog header has me drooling!

    I just stopped by from SITS to say hi; hope you will find time to do the same.

  8. Happy Birthday!!! Aww, Jamie. I hope it's a wonderful week and filled with treats for you! you've touched my life so many times with your words. You are a woman to be cherished and pampered. Have a great one!

  9. Happy birthday! how beautiful! I hope it was a great one!!

    Found ya from SITS! :D

  10. Happy birthday! I've missed having your around. It seems that you don't blog as much and you're so amazing. Thank you for sharing your 36 with us. I look forward to many more.

  11. Happy birthday...you are such a beautiful and thoughtful writer. I loved reading your reflections on life. Such poignant words. And thank you so much for your kind words on my blog tonight. Your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me and to my family. I am excited to follow you in the weeks and months to come!

  12. Hey Birthday girl, I love reading your blog, Monet is so right you are a beautiful and thoughtful writer...and I am happy to call you friend!
    I wish you many many more very happy years to come!

  13. Beautiful lady, you've received another award. It's waiting for you on my blog. Congratulations.

  14. Dear Bella Jaime,
    In honor of your birthday "month" :)
    I thought it would be nice to present you (again) with the sunshine award! Since it was you that originally presented it to me, and since you bring sunshine into my life daily, I think you are more than deserving of receiving it over and over again! So...stop by my blog, feel the love, and know that you are on of God's brightest stars and a precious soul! He danced the day you were born! xo Lorraine

  15. Happy Birthday...sorry I am late.
    May you have a most beautiful year, with all the joys possible :)

  16. Happy belated birthday bella! I love this post, particularly what you said about keeping things in order of true importance even amidst the busiest days. I don't do this and need to not just do it, but make a habit of it. Especially when I'm busy I tend to put importance on the biggest squeakiest wheel when really that wheel isn't so important in the machinations of my life. Kudos to you and your beautiful blog and soul. Thanks again for the great comment on my blog.



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