Now that's a birthday cake!

Today is my birthday. Which means I am giving away Seth Godin’s book, “Linchpin” later today. Go here for details.

It also means another year has gone by. Today is number 37 and forty is looking younger by the moment! I think most all of us get a little philosophical on birthdays and New Year’s. We look back and reflect. We look forward and plan or dream. Today, I’m trying to just enjoy the present. My girls piled in bed with us this morning to wake me up and wish me a “Happy Birthday!” Elena gave me a very nice watch (I like watches). Great way to begin the day.

On a side note, Elena told me that she and both girls actually all agreed on the watch when they picked it out. I can’t tell how amazing that is for the three of them to all agree on the same thing! 🙂

Here’s to enjoying the day and living in the moment.

Have a great day and Happy February 26! :0)

6 comments

  1. Happy belated Birthday Pastor Shane! 37. That’s weird. I was there for the 30th. Time flies–too fast.

    Tyler

  2. PASTOR,

    THIRTY SEVEN!

    REMEMBER IT WELL.

    THE HORSE AND BUGGIE. THE FARM. NO RADIO. NO TV. NO ELECTRICITY. NO FROZEN DINNERS.

    YES, THE YEAR WAS A’WAY BACK IN 1966.

    LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA.

    THE SINGING AMISH LAYIN STONE FOR OUR NEW RANCHER, THE CANARY INSIDE SINGIN ALONG.

    BUT STILL NO CAKE!

    NO FOUR-COLOR INTERNET CAKE CLOSEUP, PERSONAL-LIKE, THAT’S FOR SHURNUFF!

    MONICA AT 12. ALREADY A LAWYER IN ATTITUDE. AND ON OUR CASE! CEIL INSISTING, EVEN THO ELDEST DAUGHTER WAS NOT OF THE FAVORED LAWYERED GENDER BACK THEN, SHE WAS, NEVERTHELESS, TO BECOME OHIO’S SECOND ‘LITTLE GIRL'(AS SHE WAS ADDRESSED BY JUDGE AT JOB INTERVIEW) TO BECOME BLACK-GOWNED JUDGE OF OH’S COURT OF TAX APPEALS – SITTIN THERE ON BENCH UPON TELEPHONE BOOK TO ‘RISE’ TO THE CASE AT HAND – FACE-TO-FACE, ONE-ON-ONE – THE ACCUSED TAX CHEATEN JESSIE JAMES OF THE DAY. SHE WAS SOON TO SURRENDER IT ALL FOR THAT HIGHER POSITION OF STAY-AT-HOME MOM.

    AND LEST WE FORGET OUR 9-YEAR OLD VALERIE OF 1966. HOW COULD WE NOT HAVE KNOWN, WE DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE IN ALL TOO SOON FUTURE, SHE WOULD BE COMPETING NATIONALLY IN CLEVELAND COME THIS MAY 2010 FOR CHAMPION OF THE WEIGHT LIFTING CONTEST OF HER CLASS AND AGE (52). THE ONLY CIVILIAN REPRESENTING FT. HOOD, TEXAS. THE ONLY CPA/FINANCIAL PLANNER, LIKEWISE. ALL PACKAGED INTO ONE LOVELY, TRIM, “LITTLE GIRL.”
    CHARLES ATLAS, CALL HOME! (YOU DO REMEMBER OL CHARLIE OF GOLDEN AGE OF COMIC BOOK FAME?)

    1966 – THE RIGHT REV. IRA STANPHILL PASTOR THERE AT FIRST ASSEMBLY. EVERY SUNDAY THERE WAS ROOM AT THE CROSS, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. IMAGINE! PREACHER AND SPANKING NEW CADILLAC, TOO! WAS IT THE SAINT’S CHRISTIAN GENEROSITY? OR MAYBE THIS BELOVED SONGSTER’S PUBLISHING HOUSE? (COURTESY ELVIS PRESLEY’S RECORDING OF “SUPPERTIME” AND OTHER IRA HITS.) SEVEN THE POOR CHURCH MOUSE WASN’T FOR SHURNUFF.

    1966 – MOST OF CCC WASN’T BORN YET. BUT THOSE 44 OR OLDER TODAY, CAN LOVE THEIR KIDS ALL THE MORE WHEN CONTEMPLATING NOT ONLY THE LOVE OF FAMILY IN THE PRESENT – BUT THE LOVE THAT GROWS IN SHAPE AND FORM AS “KIDS” GROW OLDER “ALONG WITH THEM.” ALL EVENTUALLY COMPETITORS FOR THAT FRONT PORCH ROCKER AT THE OLD FOLKS’ HOME. SO SOON. SO TRUE. SO TODAY.

    AND THE GRAND KIDS? NOT FOR THE WEAK.

    COULD IT BE, ‘LIFE IS LIKE THAT?”

    STILL WONDERIN AS I’M WANDERIN,

    SENIOROUSLY YOURS, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    GAR

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pastor Shane! We hope you have a great day! And you are correct…40 (and 37!) IS young!
    Blessings!
    Jack & Sara Snavley

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