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My Birthday


Sunday, February 17, 2013

I can't even emphasize how much I've adored and appreciated each and every one of your comments on my transition to maintenance and all of the birthday wishes! You all made it a very special day for me, and I feel so much stronger knowing that I have you all to turn to in the months ahead as I try to figure out the world of maintenance! Thank you, thank you, thank you... from the bottom of my heart!!!

My birthday was great! I worked 12 hours Friday night and only slept for 3 hours yesterday, so I started the day off kinda tired.

Another year older!


I dropped the girls off at the babysitter and went to get a birthday present that I have been looking forward to for years and have been saving for this particular birthday. Meet my new tattoo!

It is latin and means "before the face of God." I don't know how to put into words exactly what this means to me... but I'll try. First, I'll have you know that I'm no Bible thumper and I'm very respectful of all religions and viewpoints. I'm also very diverse. But I, personally, do believe in God and the relationship that I desire to have with him is exactly what this tattoo signifies- open, intimate, honest, accountable, and in His very presence. I realize it's a bold tattoo, but it doesn't make me feel bold; it makes me feel very humble. Getting this tattoo was a very meaningful experience for me. A lot of tears were shed... not during the tattoo, although it did sting a little. But afterward- as I have been waiting for the right time and the right mentality to actually get it. This was a very important birthday for me for a number of reasons.

Then we went and ate sushi. I eat sushi every year on my birthday! I took a picture of it but I'm not going to post it cause I gotta admit... the sushi wasn't the best. I'll know better next time than to let my husband pick the restaurant. LOL!

Here's Robert and I later on that night. We had drinks and sang karaoke- an odd variety! I sang Nirvana and Janis Joplin. Then Robert and I sang a duet- All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera.


Thanks for sharing this journey with me, Sparkfriends!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENNY160 2/26/2013 11:50PM

    Sounds as if you had a fantastic birthday! I'm so glad you went and did something fun with Hubby and reached the place you needed to be to wear your faith for all to see (even when you're sleeping)! Congratulations also on MAINTENANCE as well as reaching your goals.

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STODD251 2/25/2013 4:04PM

    Happy Birthday!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/20/2013 12:04AM

    Happy birthday! Love the tattoo and that it has special meaning to you - that makes it all the more perfect :-)

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PIPSANDMSMAMA79 2/19/2013 8:11PM

    That sounds like a great birthday! emoticon I love the sentiment behind your tatoo. Very cool! I can't imagine what maintaining would be like either, since like you it seems like I've always felt like I had more weight to lose. I know you'll do great!

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KATYMS 2/19/2013 11:49AM

    Happy (belated) Birthday!
Your explanation of your tattoo was beautiful and eloquent.

I look forward to hearing your insights on maintenance as you work through it.

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BOOKWORM27S 2/19/2013 8:05AM

    Cool! I LOVE that jacket, you look awesome!

I can tell you are at such a good place in your life right now. I appreciate your support in my journey, too.

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SUN_N_SEA 2/18/2013 3:27PM

    Happy (Belated) Birthday!! Love the tattoo, as well. emoticon

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JADOMB 2/18/2013 12:49PM

    Happy Birthday. And it sounds like an awesome exclamation point at the end of the first and most important leg of your journey. My son is ALL tatted up and I have none. But if I was to eventually get one, I would lean the direction that you went. Such an awesome way to show ones love for God. May God continue to bless you and yours.

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BEMILLER30 2/18/2013 10:23AM

    Happy belated Birthday! I'm so happy you had a great day and got something that means so much to you! That is awesome!

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SHAYGETSLEAN 2/18/2013 9:58AM

    Fun!!! Happy birthday! emoticon emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 2/18/2013 8:38AM

    Birthday Sushi sounds like a great tradition!
I love the sentiment behind your tattoo!
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Congrats!

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SUSIQZER 2/18/2013 7:55AM

    Happy Birthday!

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CHRISTINASP 2/18/2013 6:06AM

    I personally think it's a beautiful tattoo, or rather the idea behind it is beuatiful, I think. And now you will have a reminder for good of this transitional moment!

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TINAJANE76 2/18/2013 3:40AM

    Belated Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was a good one!
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NUOVAELLE 2/18/2013 3:24AM

    I just realized that the number in your Sparkname meant your birth date! Our birthdays are only one day apart!
I'm glad your day was special and I wish you all the best for this year of your life.
I love your new tattoo. Both the look of it and its meaning.
Keep on being a great inspiration!
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GODS_TEMPLE 2/17/2013 11:05PM

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FITBY40-2015 2/17/2013 8:42PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

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JGRAY55555 2/17/2013 8:30PM

    Happy Birthday. I have joked about getting the Spark Symbol tattoo if I hit 100 pounds. 60 down in 6 months. Only 40 to go.

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OMMAMA7 2/17/2013 7:43PM

    Aw, Awesome - congrats! emoticon !

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OOLALA53 2/17/2013 5:08PM

    Belated Happy Birthday, my dear! Here's to the next phase of your life.

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/17/2013 4:53PM

    Looks like a great birthday! Happy that you enjoyed your day. Best wishes to you now that you are entering maintenance, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIGGILY 2/17/2013 4:03PM

    Glad you had such a great birthday.
I love the picture of you and your husband, looking gorgeous ;o)
You will rock the maintenance.
Good luck
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Dee

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DREAMWEAVER1637 2/17/2013 3:59PM

    Looking good. Keep up the good work.

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ERIN1957 2/17/2013 3:20PM

    You look adorable and it is a great tat.
Awesome time, you both look very happy!
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PHOENIX1949 2/17/2013 3:03PM

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ROCKMAN6797 2/17/2013 2:42PM

    It sounds like it was a wonderful birthday!
Not a fan of tattoos but I love that yours has deep meaning for you.

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TRACYLYNN853 2/17/2013 2:31PM

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Happy Birthday!

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SHMARA 2/17/2013 2:25PM

    Happy Birthday , happy maintenance , and all the best!

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COOP9002 2/17/2013 2:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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