on my birthday

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  6 Comments »

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In the kitchen I found a Papyrus birthday card from David, signed by all the kids. The fish and coral are embroidered on muslin and studded with seed beads. He always finds amazing cards for me!

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We spent the early part of the day at our sweet, wild church on Lookout Mountain.  Paul Wilbur was a special guest.  It’s always fun when Paul comes to visit.  He’s a true lover of God, an awesome musician, and a Harley dude.

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We ate sandwiches in the car and took the kids horseback riding–actually for Zia’s birthday, a little late.

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This is our third summer visiting Pine Cliff Stables at White Ranch.  They take you up a thousand feet or so, and you can see Golden and much of Jefferson County laid out before you.  After the ride, you wobble around on bowlegs for awhile.

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Cash and I stayed behind to wait–he has to be six to go on a trail ride–but he got a leg up when they returned.

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“This horse is huge! I need a pony!”

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Heading home through the canyon.

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Studying my newly forty-year old face.

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And making silly faces at a stop for gas.  Obviously, I let David do all the work.

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BUT…

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I didn’t know someone had his head in the window, watching me wink, grin, and snap away.

“#562,” he muttered.

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I remember making silly faces in the mirror when I was about three and then turned to find my papa watching me.  I was incredibly embarrassed and quickly said, “I wasn’t making any faces!”  He gave me a look kind of like the one above, with just a little less of the chiseled-rock aspect.  Actually, I think I remember a smile, which made me even more embarrassed.

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The view behind me. Riding hosses makes you sleepy.

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I love my life–this man, these kids, this rugged land. I know turning forty isn’t so fun for many women, and I feel so blessed with all the goodness I’ve been given.  Happy trails, y’all!

6 Responses to “on my birthday”

  1. Carie says on :

    What an awesome way to celebrate- and that card it just beautiful!!

  2. Mom & Dad says on :

    Hi honeeee……we,too, are so blessed to have been able to share and get a vivid view of your awesome lives – thanks for everything and many, many more happy birthdays 🙂 luv/ mom

  3. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Mom! It was great to have you come visit, and now you have first-hand experience of the joys and trials of living 9,000+ feet high!

  4. Kim says on :

    What a day! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate. Enjoy 40, and all it offers. It is wonderful!

  5. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Kim!

  6. Yanic says on :

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful day. That picture of passed out Zia just made me crack up. I’ve seen that view before. 🙂

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