Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There is still no cure for the common birthday.

~John Glenn

It’s Gerry’s birthday today—seven perfect tens.

This man is generous and always has an encouraging word. He thinks about the other person before himself.

He has a heart for serving and will throw himself in wherever he sees something that needs doing, never waiting to be asked.

His is strong in his faith and genuine in his desire to go deeper.

He is fun-loving with a wacky sense of humour that, at times, makes me just a little bit (okay, a lot) crazy.

Aged to perfection, growing richer and more mellow with each passing year. All original parts—and even one little extra one this year for which we are very thankful.

He changed my life all those years ago when he invited me to go for lunch one Sunday after church. And the rest is history.

I am blessed to be walking through life at his side.

Happy Birthday, Gerry. I love you.

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In other news I received my blog books yesterday—one book for every year since 2008. I read 2009 yesterday. Three things that defined the year: grandma-hood, getting down to the business of writing my memoir, and stress—lots and lots of stress. It’s fascinating to look back and see how much has changed in eight years, and to see those things that remain constant. Lots of material there to mine for writing ideas. I’m glad I took the time to create the books.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Happy Birthday to Gerry! I love that — 7 perfect tens. It gives me a new perspective for my own milestone birthday next year;)

    And congratulations on your blog books! I wish I was more faithful about blogging, like you are. I did publish a book of my first five years — just the highlights, I had to pick and choose from my posts. I like your idea of using yours for writing prompts.

    1. How wonderful that you compiled a book of your own blog posts, Karen. In my mind, there is a granddaughter or great-granddaughter who will be thankful for this glimpse into the heart and mind of an ancestor.

  2. How wonderful to celebrate the 70th birthday of your soul mate. Soon my man will reach 75 and I will ponder the best way to mark this milestone.

    Your blog books are so appealing – and useful. I admire your sense of order, beauty, and organization.

    1. Aren’t we both blessed to have these husbands of ours?

  3. Happy birthday Gerry! Nice tribute.

    1. Thank you!

  4. Happy birthday, Gerry, you perfect ten, seven times over! 🙂 Thank you for being Linda’s bestest friend. We love her, too.

    1. You’re kind, Karen. I appreciate you very much.

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