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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In my email I got a birthday greeting from Spark, with a quote from Ernest Meyeres - "Don't just count your years, make your years count."
I've thought of the things I've wanted to accomplish -
Get married (done)
Have kids (done)
Be an artist (done)
Go on missions (done)
- and can say I'm content. Not complacent - I would like to continue to be a positive influence in the lives of my children and now grandchildren; to be a helpmate to my next husband as I was to my first during our 37 years together; to draw closer to my Lord, to serve Him more and better; to continue to do shortterm missions until Levi and I establish something permanent that can be left to the next generation.
I created this video 3 years ago, with this in mind.

I'd love to be in Lima for my birthday, because, quite frankly, they spoil me. I've built strong relations with my "home" church there, and if I'm with them on or around my birthday, they make a big deal of it. Not that I consider myself worthy of all the fuss - but Pastora Sabina has said that when I am with them, I remind them of God's love, and inspire them to love one another - and hence they'll have "paseos" - outings and picnics - when I'm with them. For myself, I feel like they're doing it unto Christ, because I am "one of the least of these."

If you want to see some scenesvof these birthday bashes, here's the first one they threw me in 2006 (by the count of plates they went through, there were about 100 people, from the different churches I'd visited)

From 2007 - I wanted to treat the PASTORS to a meal at a polleria, but they remembered it was about time for my birthday, so they arranged things and paid for ME and all guests (again from the different churches) paid their own way - and if THAT wasn't enough, they also had a "little" lunch for me at the church (with a few pastor friends in attendance)

Of course, LAST year's birthday was unforgettable because it was when my bus broke down in the middle of nowhere en route from Lima to Pucallpa. But my in-laws made up for it when we finally made it "home" 2 days later - Mamita had made a cake, and family members came for dinner.

So this year I'm with my daughter Abi aka Glitterfairy77, who's making grilled salmon for me. We did go overboard, with frozen keylime and turtle pies.'s one of those special occasions. I'll enjoy my grandkids' excitement about a birthday. I loved the card and decorations they left on the table for me (I'm told they were up late last night getting them ready - good thing I went to bed early!)

And I'll look forward to living, moving, and having my being in Christ.
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    Happy belated birthday, Shell!!! So sorry I missed it. May God bless you with many more happy and healthy birthdays. I enjoyed your wonderful blog and looking back over the past. THANK YOU!!
    Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
    1634 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2013 1:10:21 AM
    emoticon It is interesting the journey God has us on. I'm getting back on track because I see the pounds coming back and my birthday approaching. Celebrating life with the people God has blessed us with is an amazing blessings. Like you I pray I am back with my friends in another country because they seem to better understand the value of life and making the most of what God has given. Thanks for keeping tabs on me, it helped me get back on track. Congrats on all your success making the scale go down!! emoticon
    1636 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Shelli!
    1637 days ago
    birthday blessings Shelli! May God bless your socks off this year!
    1637 days ago
    Happy Birthday
    1637 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Sounds like this has been quite and eventful year for you. Blessings.
    1637 days ago
  • DIETER27
    emoticon nice blog !
    1637 days ago
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