Wednesday, March 7, 2012

another year better

The oreo cookie is celebrating it's 100th birthday today. I'm celebrating 43 years.
Thank goodness, the oreo cookie is older than me!
You know, Amtrak is NOT older than me.
It's kinda cool to share a birthday with the cookie that has a rich and creamy center. 
I'm pretty sure the double stuf is responsible for some of my "softness" :)

Here's my annual birthday pic.  Nothing special or exciting.
I'm beginning to notice a few more lines on my face.
A few more stretch marks.
LOTS of deep lines on my hands.
But the story I read between all of those lines is one of lots of laughter, some heartache and way more hours in the sun than any girl should enjoy.
Some fantastic choices.
Some not-so-fantastic choices.
Hundreds of pounds gained and lost.
But I wouldn't change any of it if I had it to do over again.

I'm content and satisfied with where I am at middle age.
Some of those not-so-fantastic choices and heartache have increased my compassion.
All of my life experiences have made me thankful for the mercy, love and forgiveness of my Savior.
I hope my life experiences have made me more willing to extend the mercy, love and forgiveness that was extended to me.
I hope I'm a better mommy and friend than I was ten years ago.
I hope I'm even better in another year.

Here's my new life motto.
Thank you, sweet Gina, for reminding me to laugh everyday.


Anonymous said...

Nice photo! I appreciate that you take these photos every year and celebrate your life. Thanks for being an encouragement.

rentz said...

A beautiful reflection Danielle! I'm blessed to be one of your friends.

Dad said...

You are a wonderful woman and a great daughter. I love you. I hope you had a great birthday and many more just like it. Dad

Mitch said...

You are better every day and I hope I am too! Love you more very day! (An I love you more dan dat!) ; )

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

You do a birthday photo every year too?! I knew I liked you for a reason.

You look beautiful!

Amy said...

Love you, my friend! You make 44 look darn good! :)

Amy said...

Ah!! Not 44, 43!!
Sorry about that! ;)