Friday, January 8, 2010

Fabulous Forty

Twenty Ten is here! Wow!

A dear friend told me recently that she thought that 2009 was the year of "struggle and strife" and after I thought about it I think she was right. There were lots of difficult things that happened and that we experienced. So much of this life is not necessarily the choices that we make but how we respond to the situations in our life that we have no choice in. It is just a path of our journey. 2010 has started bittersweet for our family. My sister in law lost her battle with cancer on New Year's Day and her first grandbaby was born on New Year's Eve. It was a long hard battle but thank God for her salvation and the promise of heaven. We know that it was not the end for her...just another beginning. She was 40 years old.



I want to respond well this year. I want to live with purpose and direction. So thanks to Jamie and with her encouragement I am committing to do 40 things this year that I turn 40. We will update once a month and let you know what we are working on and have accomplished towards our goals. The items on my list may not seem like much to you, but it will help me live life this year on purpose. Come back Monday and see our full lists!

I dedicate this Fabulous Forty to Liz Meyer Shelby
October 2, 1969-January 1, 2010

11 comments:

Sharon said...

a wonderful idea! happy Birthday! Jamie sent me over to say hi and I'm glad she did!

I'm sorry for the loss of your SIL - Praise God for the promise of Heaven.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Happy Birthday! I came over from Jamie's blog. What a fun idea you guys have!!

Wendi said...

Wow you and Jamie have teamed up on this 40 things! 40 is sounding fabulous, not so "crusty!" LOL

I am excited to see your list.

My prayers are with Liz and her family, and yours. May God comfort you all is this time.

ElleBee said...

I think this is a great idea! I turned 40 last year and as I mentioned on Jamie's blog...40 is simply "twenty-nine eleven"! :)

kim said...

40 sounds way better than 100! (both in years and in to-so lists!) maybe i'll tackle 40 in a year when I turn 40.

Sorry to hear about Liz. *prayers*

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Happy Birthday Jill! I love your blog design!! It's gorgeous!
I'm over from Jamie's blog.

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

I've come over from Jamie's. I look forward to reading your list!

He & Me + 3 said...

I think this is an awesome idea. Beautiful picture and so so sorry for you loss. Praising God that she is cancer free in Heaven.

Jeanine said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your sister-in-law sounds like she was a beautiful person...inside and out.

Looking forward to your list of 40 coming up next week. Just read Jamie's post, too, and it will be fun to read what you two plan to do.

Peace.
Jeanine

Beth said...

Yes, indeed this has been a challenging year... it seemed like wherever I looked there was struggle. But, with all that struggle I have also seen so much growth in the lives of those close to me.
I have been thinking about a list of 40 things... I think that I may tag along. I could do 42, but think that I will stick to 40 in honor of all my beautiful friends who are reaching that milestone.

Graceful said...

Oh Jill, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I can't imagine what you all are going through in this new year.

I'm coming over from Jamie's Six Bricks High -- I love your idea of doing 40 things to celebrate your 40th year. I'm turning 40 this year, too (July) -- you guys have inspired me to do the list, too!