Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Faux-Birthday TO ME!


It's been a heck of a week...a heck of a week, I tell you.

But all is well that ends well, and this week is ending with my birthday.

MY BIRTHDAY, PEOPLE!!!!  :)

My husband knows just how to treat me right on my birthday.

I dare say that he gave me just what I wanted, but that's a post for another day.

He had originally planned to give me a private airplane trip, where I got to be the pilot!!!! 
(Yup, we can pretty much do whatever we want out here in rural central PA!)...HOWEVER, I told him that on my birthday, I don't want to be in charge.  I don't want to make big decisions.  I don't want to ask anyone to be quiet.  I just want to relax, take a nap, maybe get a pedicure.  Also, flying an airplane seemed a bit extravagant...and just...not me. (Hello, honey!  Remember my strict policy against taking "unnecessary risks", especially risks that could result in bodily harm or death!! Ha ha.)  We'll save flying airplanes for the next big anniversary or something, ok?

Anyway, tomorrow I'm teaching a class about FINDING JOY IN FAMILY at Stake Women's Conference...so we are celebrating my birthday today instead...It's my faux-birthday.  At least that's the reason that I gave the ladies at the salon for why I was getting a massage today!  In addition to my massage, I took a long walk, through the beautiful countryside this morning.  It was raining lightly, and the leaves were falling softly on the path.  Fall is the most beautiful season.  It's the time of year that I feel most alive.

I am turning 34 years old tomorrow, 
and this is what I know about my life:

I am not perfect, but my Heavenly Father loves me anyway.

I don't have to be everything to everyone all of the time, try as I may.

Every once in a while, I'm going to let someone down.

Luckily, I have friends who don't hold those times over my head.

Over the last year and a half, God has given me some very specific, very personal challenges.

They have taught me a lot.

But most importantly, they've taught me that I am worth His time...

...and that He hasn't given up on me yet.

33 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday whenever it is! Celebrate being you!

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  2. You are wiser than your 34 years, Jocelyn.

    Happy birthday tomorrow.
    And happy faux birthday today.

    ;)

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  3. I love this Birthday Post! Happy birthday Jocelyn!!!

    I'm just a tad older than you and NOT wiser. He he.

    Your birthday requests resemble mine.

    I love it!

    Have a great day tomorrow at Stake Conference, I'm thinking about you!

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  4. Yay! Happy early birthday to you :)

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  5. happy birthday to a very special young lady-you are still a kid...I can hardly remember my 30s...lol!

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  6. That's exactly what I want for my birthday, too!!! Hope you have a great birthday weekend!!

    ~ Sarah

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  7. Happy birthday! I am glad you were born.=) And I couldn't believe you are 34 bc I am turning 31 soon and you seem so much wiser than me. lol

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  8. Have a wonderful birthday You have done much to elevate the teachings of the Gospel throughout this land!! Thankyou Gail

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  9. The last comment from James Evans, my son, was actually from me! Sorry, I didn't realize he was signed in!

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  10. BTW...who were the winners of those wonderful prizes, especially the one of a kind bracelet! We need to read their blogs and congratulate them!!!

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  11. Joyeux anniversaire!

    Thanks so much for sharing a piece of your life on this blog, I always come away edified. Have a wonderful birthday!

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  12. Happy birthday! I was going to pop on over here to wish you a happy early birthday, but I guess I'm too late, plus, it's now *actually* your birthday in your time zone... anyway, a very happy birthday to one of my favorite people (that's you) and I hope the ladies at the meeting realize what a treat they are getting to have you speak and on your birthday nonetheless!

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  13. Happity, happity wonderful lady! I forgot you share a birthday with my Julia, only she's turning two. :)

    Good luck on your presentation. you will do a fabulous job!

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  14. BTW...I'm sure you will do fabulous on your presentation!! You are so very talented!! ( Sorry to bug you about the winners...I realize I was out of line...with you being so busy, of course it's the last thing on your plate.) Please forgive me! We can wait for you whenever you have a chance in your very busy schedule!)

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  15. Happy B-Day!!! From Brazil to you =]

    Sorry, I don't speak english very well...

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  17. Birthdays are about celebrating your life - You have a good life which is worth celebrating! Therefore, I'm just here to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :D
    Corine :D

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  18. Have a great Birthday tomorrow! Thanks for this wonderful blog!

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  19. Wow, Have a very Happy Birthday, girl. I find following your blog to be a great education from a remarkable young woman. You have challenged my thinking several times. Wishing you an awesome day and keep on enjoying the journey.

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  20. Happy Birthday! I'm a new reader...I'm turning 33 on the 16th. ;-) Too funny. Love your blog!

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  21. Happy belated birthday wishes! I am late because I just spent the last 2 days inhaling ash and eating s'mores. SOrry about that!
    34? Just a pup.

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  22. Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

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  23. Happy Birthday, Jocelyn! I am (almost) old enough to be your mother (my oldest is 31 this month), but I learn good things from you with every post. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  24. Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday my dear FRIEND!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!

    I love yah dear friend!

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  25. A very Happy Birthday to you!! You deserve the best, enjoy your day!! :)

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  26. Happy Birthday, Jocelyn. Thank you for letting your light shine!

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  27. Happy, happy Birthday!! and don't forget the part where you learned that the Bible often says, "It came to pass..." It never says, it came to stay!! Hope you have an amazing couple of days. We call those eternal birthdays in our house and they usually last all weekend at least!

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  28. Wooo for birthdays!! Eat lots of cake (nevermind how much) and allow the people who love you to pamper you a little :)

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  29. Ugh..I'm late! Happy Birthday!!!

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  30. I can't believe I didn't get a chance to stop by and wish you a Happy Birthday!! Hope your day was great! That massage sounds a lot more my speed than piloting a plane, too. ;)

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