July 31, 2010

What I Know....



Today is my birthday.  I'm 31.  That's a bit hard for me to believe because I still feel like I'm about 24.  21 on a good day.  I don't mind though.  Really.  I'm content with where I'm at in life and who I'm with.  Birthdays kind of have a way of making you reflect on your life.  I wanted to make a list for myself of things I've learned in these 31 years.  I thought I'd share my list with you, since we're friends.  Here we go.

I know that I can learn something from every person.

I know that time heals wounds.

I know that the process of creating makes me feel deeply happy and close to God.

I know that we each have something important to do on this earth and I get excited when I feel like I'm figuring mine out.

I know that patience is one of the most divine qualities and I'm definitely still working on it.

I know that laughter makes everything more bearable.
I know I sleep well when I've accomplished a lot in a day.

I know that I shouldn't keep score.

I know that helping others is an important part of life.

I know I need to care less about what others think.

I know that each year of my life will pass faster than the one before.

I know that Rex and Baden were supposed to be mine.

I know that marrying Jeff was not only the right decision, but a privilege.

I know that I can change. 

I know that all I have comes from the Lord and He's pleased when I share it.


I'm excited to learn a whole lot more in my next 31 years.  What do you know?

50 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I know that 32 is even better than 31! ;) Enjoy your special day!

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  2. Lovely Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!
    Every day is good:)
    XOXO from Ireland:)

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  3. Happy Birthday.
    Wait till you get to the other end of your 30's and the years really whizz by - I like to think it is because my days are so full.

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  4. Happy Birthday!!

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  5. Happy Birthday! Here is some imaginary fabric for you to create something fun! I know that I agree with what you learned in your 31 years to be true of my 31 years. I also know that today is also my son's birthday. He turns 5!

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  6. Happy, happy birthday! We're having a party for you today! Not really, but we are having a birthday party for both my kids. My daughter's 3rd was 3 weeks ago, and mmy son's 1st is in 3 weeks ;-)

    I hope you have a wonderful day! I know what you mean about feeling younger. Most of the time I feel like I'm about 14.

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  7. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day with your boy. :) I too feel like I'm in my early twenties, love my life at almost-thirty, and can't wait to see what the next decade brings.

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  8. ... catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away...
    in love, in happiness, in peaceful;
    Happy Birthday to You :)

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  9. I know that no matter how old you get-- I'll still be older. Ugh! Happy Birthday you old fart!

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  10. Have a lovely Birthday! And what a beautiful way to celebrate...sharing your wisdom and insight! =)

    Oh & to answer: I know there are sooo many things that I don't know; but God does.

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  11. Happy Birthday! I'm 30 today. Glad to hear that life is still great from here on out. :)

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  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! from a fellow July girl!

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  13. I really love your list. Happy bday!

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  14. Happy Birthday! I know you are very wise for a 31 year old, (wish I had been that smart) and I know that the next 31 years will be full of life and changes and for the most part go by far too quickly, love those little one, enjoy every moment possible, there is nothing like it!

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  15. Happy Birthday! May the Lord bless this year! Great list... I too am working on the patience thing on a minute by minute basis (two boys too) and I'm learning more and more that what others think is not important as long as I am happy and the Lord is happy with me.
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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  16. LOVE this post!! Patience is something I feel like I am constantly working on - I've definitely improved since have my two little girls, but I've got a long way to go :-).

    Happy Birthday to you!! Hope it's a great one!

    Lindsay

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  17. Happy Birthday!!! I hope it is one fun and fabulous day.

    I know that there is always good to be found in people.

    Loved learning all these things from you. I could really relate to your list.

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  18. I know that you're a wonderful person who deserves all the good things you have going for you :) Happy Birthday!!

    p.s. You definitely don't look 31, but much younger ;)

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  19. Happy birthday :))))
    Enjoy it every time, another year means more knowledge.

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  20. Happy birthday! I turned 31 this year also, and I know exactly how you feel. Great words of wisdom you have here.

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  21. Happy birthday Cheri!! You are such an inspiration to so many. Keep doing what you're doing. Happy Birthday from Colorado!

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  22. Happy, Happy Birthday! I'll be 31 in 22 days. I know that 30 was great because I had my first baby. I also know that I believe in myself more every year. I hope this is the start of a wonderful new year for you and that you continue to realize your dreams. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Dagny

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  23. Happy Birthday! You will love being 31!

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  24. Happy Birthday! I'm 26 but feel like I'm still in my early twenties. Age is just a number :)

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  25. Happy Birthday! The adventure just gets better.

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  26. Happy Birthday! :) I know that I love seeing what amazing things you come up with on your blog! :)

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  27. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope it's the best one so far! I love this post, you are so eloquent! And I know what you mean. I just turned 25, but I feel like I'm 19 still.
    I know that justice is great, but mercy is greater. Praise God for His mercy on us...

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  28. Happy birthday!!! I know....I love your blog! Great post!

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  29. Happy Birthday!!!

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  30. What a beautiful list! Thank you for sharing it and for all you share here! I loved the hair video. Happy Birthday!!

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  31. Happy Happy Birthday!
    I turn 30 this year, and have been having a little bit of a struggle with it, but after reading your post I am resolved to focus on accomplishments, and wisdom gained, and get to work setting new goals! You are truly an inspiring person. Thank you.

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  32. I know that your blog is awesome! Great work and happy birthday.

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  33. good grief you all are YOUNG!! I turned 40 this year with very little fanfare and I still feel about 28 or so....I guess it's all how you look at it! Enjoy your day and all the goodness along the way. (and 40 was not bad at all, until I had to write it down on a form last month!). But it's all about how you feel and if you feel great, then you will BE great.

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  34. Happy Birthday!!
    I turn 31 this year also. Hubs and I often remark that there is no way we can be in our 30's. Neither of us feel older than 25! We watch American Pickers on History Channel. (yeah, we're old!LOL) We just found out that the guys from the show are 34. I said they look sooo old for 34. Hubs replyed....yeah they do...maybe we look old and don't know it!! Ok, it was funny at the moment : )

    Enjoy your day!

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  35. Happy Birthday! I absoultly love your blog. You are so creative and such an inspiration to me.

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  36. Happy Birthday! I know that I think better when I'm not up all night with a crying baby!

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  37. Happy Birthday Cheri!

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  38. Happy Birthday Cheri!! wishing lots and lots of JOY!!!
    xo

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  39. happy b-day, what a great list....

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  40. I know you don't look like your 31! :) Happy birthday! You share your bday with my first born who just turned 7 today!

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  41. Happy Birthday Bear! We sure love you!

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  42. Hey, it's my daughters bday today too....hope it was fun! I know I enjoy life much more when I slow down....gotta have balance! Thanks for sharing your list

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  43. Eeeek! I did not touch the PC yesterday, missed ur bday. HappY Belated Cheri. I really enjoyed reading your list here, it was sweet and funny too. Now the question, what do I know?..hmm...that I am really blessed even on the most horrible of days...that there is a lesson in everything:) You my bloggy friend are wise for 31!! Glad you had a great day, was there cake involved, mmmmmm cake.

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  44. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful year!

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  45. Hey cutie! Happy birthday! Enjoy the time with your parents. Truly one of the best gifts to get, aside from the birth of your kids. I remember seeing my mom for my birthday in Holland. So great to feel the love. Snuggle the boys and have an extra piece of chocolate cake. Yeah, you are 31 and have earned it! Love ya! Heath

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  46. Happy (belated) birthday!!! We share the exact same birth day... It just makes me enjoy your blog even more and makes me think I can be as cool and talented as you some day :) Hope you had a great day.

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