Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lordy, Lordy...Guess I'm 40!

Yep…It’s official!
I’m the luckiest girl in the world!
Not because I’m 40 today… but because I’m 40 and I’m waiting to travel to China to pick up one of the two most beautiful girls in the world!
Who needs a bucket list when life is already such an adventure?

I opened my email to some new pictures today! Makes this day just that much more special.
I didn’t know if I would be upset about turning 40, but I’m really not. There’s a little bit of pride that doesn’t like it, but who needs that anyway? If you watched our video, you heard me say that “I didn’t want to look back on my life and know that I didn’t do what I was called to do”. Being in the middle of this second life-changing journey…to bring a child into a family…to make sure there’s one less orphan growing up without the love of a family… makes turning one day older, not worth getting upset about :) Don't get me wrong...It does seem impossible that I could be 40 years old!!!

Just look at this beautiful girl that I'm lucky enough to be her Mama!!




I can't wait to love on this sassy ball of energy!!!


Stacy said...

Hey, GIRL!! Happy Birthday!!
Just think- summer will be over before we know it and off to China you'll go!!
Miss you,

Paige said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Gracie is precious!!

carolinagirl said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you! I just love what you wrote! Have a great day!

snekcip said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer! What an extra special "gift" on such a wonderful day! That Gracie is just gorgeous...and so are you My Dear!!

Linda said...

She is gorgeous! Love the attitude about the bucket list! So much to look ahead to - and just think - you won't face empty nest - by the time the girls are raised you'll be a grandma! Happy,Happy Birthday! I am so proud of you and appreciate how you brighten every one of my days! (you make 63 look a much better - I get to share in the adventure!!) Love, Mama

Deanna said...

Happy birthday, what sweet surprise to get these pics! I love the third, with her hand on her hip, SASSY!

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

Happy happy day and hope your day and year ahead is very special!!!

Beautiful pics of your sweet Gracie....who needs anything else as a birthday gift when you wake up to something as special as these??

now go eat some cake!!!!

Shannon said...

I think you'll agree that the timing of that new picture is a God thing. He gives us the desires of our heart. That was His birthday gift to you. Happy Birthday to my friend with a heart of gold. Have a blessed day!

The Gutmans' said...

Happy Birthday & welcome to the 40 and fab club, ha!!! I love what you posted today, I totally feel the same way. What a great birthday present, she's beautiful. Praying for your family during your wait & your sweet girl that is waiting for her forever family. Blessings & cheers to many more wonderful, blessed b-days!!!

Myra said...

Welcome to the club!! I joined in February! She IS beautiful and I know the pics were your BEST present of all!!! Hope your day was FABULOUS!!!!

McNew Family said...

Gracious sakes, you are such a lucky mama! Happy birthday to a lady with a lovely family! Speedy travels to your newest daughter - we are waiting on our fingerprint appointment date for our 3rd blessing from China. Nice to "meet" you!


Kjbikakis said...

Happy Birthday! (:
The pictures of Gracie are adorable!!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!
These pics are adorable, what a great present for you today!
Hope your 40th year is the best yet!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! What a special surprise you got! Those pictures are priceless.
Lynette in Laf

elliotts said...

Happy Birthday!!

The pictures of Gracie are adorable! Do you request these from GW or using another service? GW advised us not to ask for many updates more than one more before travel. Just curious.....


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! You look too young to be 40! Love the new photos of Gracie - she is so beautiful and so full of personality! Blessings, Wendy

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

what a great gift!


Christina said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!!! Gracie is such a dollbaby! Did you know that her and our little Sam are buddies? He was really working the nannies over for some of her birthday cake. Have a great 40!

Sharon Ankerich said...

Happy birthday sweet friend and what a precious birthday gift!!! She is SO cute and can't wait to see her in your arms!!! Blessings!

Mission To Macie said...

Happy Birthday my friend!

Your baby girl is Gaw-JUSS! What a great birthday present!

Hope you had a fantastic day!

Jill :)

cougchick said...

Haven't caught up in so long! Happy Birthday!

DiJo said...

Chiming in one day late on this post, but thankful I got to talk to you yosterday!!!! Happy Happy Birthday!!!!
Jen, you make 40 look FABULOUS!!!! What a blessing to see your baby girl on your birthday! Soon you will be seeing that face appear off the elevator at the Hunan Civil Affairs Office!!!!! I can't wait for that moment for you! She was born to be yours!

Happy Birthday!

Kim said...

Wow this is so neat. First I learned about your family through Gracie (our family is one of her sponsors) and then I read your blog and we have the same birthday and I was 40 yesterday too! Gracie looks so happy. We are praying your family can go get her soon!!

Wendy said...

Welcome to the 40's and Happy Birthday!! Love the new pictures of Gracie so beautiful!

Football and Fried Rice said...

She is PERFECT!!! What a wonderful birthday present!

Lauren McG said...

Jenn, I do believe that Gracie may have a permanent part in that hair of hers due to the adorable tight piggies!Can't wait to love her too! Lauren

Bridget said...

Happy belated Birthday! I couldn't imagine a better gift than to receive those sweet pictures of your gorgeous daughter! I can't wait to see the two of you together! May the year ahead of you be filled with nothing but happiness!

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