Friday, September 23, 2011


I turned 40 yesterday. Mom and dad are here from Indiana, and I enjoyed a relatively quiet day with my family. I'm grateful for my life and for the people who love me. I'm grateful for the last 13+ months of a new, healthy lifestyle.

I awoke to find that Luanne and the kids had recorded a song and uploaded it to Facebook. Enjoy!

My dad, my dad is having a big birthday
My dad, my dad is having a big birthday
My dad, my dad is having a big birthday
And this is what we say...

He's 40 years old
Not quite so young anymore
Feeling older than a dinosaur
He's walkin' through the old man door

My dad, my dad oh this is what you get
For all the times you said you're younger than my mom
My mom, my mom she's so happy today
And this is what she'll say...

Mom, Dad and I took Emily to the orthodontist, waited for her for an hour at Starbucks, and then took her out to lunch at Qdoba.

After we dropped her back off at school, we went to the Gardner's Books tent sale, and I spent $12 and got 10 books at 2 CDs.

I spent a long time reading all the birthday greetings on Facebook. I felt loved. And then I made myself a developer and gave myself the new Facebook "timeline" profile a few weeks early.

When Luanne and the kids all got home, we had dinner at Genghis Grill and then came home for cake and presents. No, I didn't have cake. I had "cake" made from popcorn, cottage cheese, peanuts and a banana (my normal healthy snack foods). Check out my wife's creativity:

And then, to cap off a great day, I went for a run. I finished 6.2 miles (10K) in a little under an hour, and I am grateful for the ability and drive to do this at the end of my 40th birthday! (Although I have now learned my lesson about eating Genghis Grill and then trying to run a 10K within an hour...)

Thanks be to God for all the blessings he has poured out on me! I am grateful.

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