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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Today is my 69th birthday. I am preparing to leave my 6th decade behind and begin my 7th.

On this day I look back with satisfaction on life work that is completed: raising my two sons - and working for 20 years as an educator of gifted children.
I am still working part time in a community college teaching writing skills to young people from a variety of cultures around the world.

Today I also bask in the warm glow of loving relationships with family and friends.

My husband and I have been married for 47 years. Our relationship has changed its shape several times throughout those years, and today I am happy to say that it is still defined by mutual respect and love.

I cherish the warm, loving relationship that we have with our sons and their families.

I also have the privilege of still having my mom around to share in my life.

And I particularly appreciate my good friends - who have been with me through thick and thin over the years.

Today I also celebrate that I am healthy. My family is healthy.
I never take this for granted.
Through the years, we have all had our health issues, and Iím happy to say we got past them.
I am grateful for each day that we are in good health.

On this day I also look toward tomorrow.

I have never gotten over my pure delight many years ago when I learned that President Jimmy Carterís mother joined the Peace Corp at the age of 70.

As I approach that age for myself I toy with ideas of performing some type of service that puts me in a different environment, and that brings me to a new place, a new experience, a new understanding and learning.
I havenít found it yet, but I am looking.

This year, there is one major goal that I will finally reach: I will have lost most of my excess body fat. Right now, my weight is 3 lbs above the lowest weight I reached here on Spark People as PennyAn45. My plan is to go below that level and then maintain the new lower weight indefinitely.

This weight loss is a dream come true for me.

Actually, it is not a dream at all. It is really a new learning.
I have learned what I need to do to lose that weight and to keep it off.

These are skills and disciplines that before now I have applied to other parts of my life - but now I am applying to my eating and weight loss.

It is good to grow and to learn. I plan to learn forever.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Another wonderful blog from a beautiful birthday girl. Jimmy Carter's mom has met her match. I think you and she would have been good friends. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of your life. You are an amazing woman.

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MJEFFERSON23 3/2/2014 11:57AM

  You are such an inspiration!

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KALIGIRL 3/2/2014 7:51AM

    Here's to your success and another wonderful revolution around the sun!

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What a beautiful writing of celebration, contentment, love, gratefulness and accomplishment in your life. What a wonderful place to be at 69 years of age!
Wishing you the best of everything all year long as you look forward to some new ventures in the 70's.
Am happy that we've met via SP.
emoticon on all the memories you've created and your successful journey here. emoticon So emoticon for you!

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    Happy Birthday and many more!

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    Happy birthday, my longtime Spark friend!
I wish you many more great years.

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    AWESOME!!!! Beautiful life with a great attitude about the future.
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JUST_TRI_IT 3/1/2014 5:23PM

    emoticon So impressive to have this attitude. When I was younger, 70b seemed ancient and people acted ancient. Today that seems to have changed and POSSIBILITY is an energizing factor. Giving to our communities is indeed a lovely thing.


Diane in Oregon

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VALERIEMAHA 3/1/2014 4:44PM

    Oh Sue, I revel in your full, rich life of such good fortune. And I love your feeling of exploring something entirely new and different in your good health of body-mind-spirit. GO GIRL!!!

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KANOE10 3/1/2014 4:36PM

    What a happy event for you! You celebrate your life, your health and your family. I am with you. Life is continual learning. I am happy you that your weight loss plan has been successful and know that you will reach your goal this year.

Have a wonderful birthday!


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CATLADY52 3/1/2014 4:25PM

    emoticon I would say that you earned it. Best wishes for a long and happy life. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 3/1/2014 4:17PM


Indeed, you have much to be grateful for.

Best wishes for many, many more happy & healthy years ahead.

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IMPROVINGME 3/1/2014 3:15PM

    Happy Birthday, Dear Friend!
I'm always so inspired when I read your blogs.
Best wishes!


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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/1/2014 3:05PM

    Oh what a wonderful blog.
Congratulations on your new learning about releasing weight, and your amazing achievements in all those other areas, too!
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ONEKIDSMOM 3/1/2014 2:59PM

    A very happy birthday, and much to be grateful for. Entering a new decade, you have a new opportunity to define the next phase of your life. I am always encouraged to see those even a few years ahead of me making changes and choices in their lives.

Kudos, and many blessed returns of the day!

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PRETTYPITHY 3/1/2014 2:26PM

    Happy birthday! Congrats on your success and good luck with your goals!

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2014 2:26PM

    What a wonderful celebration indeed! Love your zest, enthusiasm, optimism: all richly earned. And amounting to wisdom!!

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DAISY443 3/1/2014 2:15PM

    How wonderful it is to be able to continue to be happy, healthy and vital as we enter our best years! Happy birthday!

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