1 day to go…

Tomorrow’s my 50th birthday. I knew it would come quickly.

I wouldn’t be celebrating any birthday without my mom and dad. There aren’t words to express the love and gratitude I have for my parents.

My dad was one of my favorite people. He was gentle and kind. Dad was generous, open-minded, caring and fun. He was creative and inventive, he knew everything (or so it seemed) and knew everyone. He always made time for others. People loved my dad. He created a comfort and ease in his presence that made others enjoy his company. He was a beautiful person. I would not be who I am without his influence in my life and there isn’t a day I don’t miss him and wish I’d had more time with him.

My mom is an amazing human. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to lead me in this life journey. My mom loves deeply and strives to make everyone around her feel special. She is generous, loving, open-minded, caring and fun. (No wonder her and my dad loved each other so much). She is creative and hard-working, she is always willing to help us out, no matter what is going on. My mom is the bravest person I know, has endured so much loss in her life and continues to be positive and live her best life. She is a beautiful person and I am who I am largely because of her.

I grew up in a house full of love. As a farm family, we spent our days together, worked together, helped each other out. I always knew I was loved. I know my parents did their best – they were young parents, kids raising kids – but I think they did a pretty good job.

We had lots of laughs, our share of tears, family and friends, hard work, play, learning, and growing together.

When my sister and I moved away, we still loved going home and taking friends with us. Saturday and Sunday mornings disappeared around the table drinking coffee and Bailey’s – solving world problems, sharing our lives, spending time together.

I always know my mom is there for me. I talk to her everyday. I appreciate her wisdom and her good nature. She supported me when my oldest had health issues and we sought a different path, she came on board when I decided to homeschool before homeschooling was popular, and she supports my youngest in his love of gaming. (Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – sorry mom).

I love my parents. I know I am blessed. Thanks Mom and Dad for making me the person I am and for always being there for me. There will never be words to adequately express how grateful I am and how much I love you both. ❤



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  1. Hi Laura-Jeanne:

    I’m going to wish you a very happy birthday a day early in case my tomorrow gets super busy. The items on my agenda for tomorrow promise to make it a busy day.

    All the best as you enter this new decade. I hope and pray it will be exciting and full of good things and you make a lot of good memories. I’m so glad to learn that you have a close relationship with your mother and that she supported your life choices for yourself and your children. Parenting as we both know is no easy task. You did some of it as a single parent which is even tougher. I tip my hat to you. Best wishes my friend and have fun tomorrow. Hopefully we will see each other at Freefall at some point in the future. ((((HUGS))))

    • Thanks, Susan. It’s been so lovely to have you visit my blog. When you share it reminds me of so many Susan stories I have enjoyed hearing in our Freefall room. I look forward to many more stories shared up there when we are all able to come together again. Thanks for the birthday wishes, thanks for reading along, thanks for your stories.

  2. It’s 12:03 am on the 9th – Happy Birthday Laura-Jeanne!

  3. Beautiful… great read.

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