Tuesday, June 22, 2010



today's date - minus 48 years

my birthday

a date that I will have for the rest of my life

a date that defines me and others born on this day

and as I am approaching that big "50" in a few years, I began to reminisce about the old days
you know, the days when your life was carefree and someone else took care of you
days when all you had to do was get up, get dressed, eat and play
the days of my youth

so happy and content we must have been as wee little ones
having a mommy and daddy to take care of us
and not a care in the world

growing up in a nurturing home really makes a difference on how we as children
grow up to be the men and women that we are today

and believing in Santa Claus made our Christmases each year come to life

having siblings helped us to learn the skills of sharing, caring, and arguing

having a special toy taught us to love and care for someone

taking time to smell the flowers showed us the simple things in life

and at a young age we are taught the importance of being "stylish"

and I'll have you know the pixie haircut was very "in" back then too
as you can see in all these photos of me

in fact, the pixie haircut was "in" for all the children in this family

going to grandma's house for Christmas happened every year

as well as the portrait taken next to her Christmas tree in the formal living room

then there were those good ol' summer vacations that were spent exploring new sights
and always wearing our cool digs

our life as children chronicled in the photos taken at different stages of our lives

and there were many portraits taken of us

and here come the school photos
so young and innocent

I think I was trying to go for the "twiggy" look here
but couldn't quite pull it off

then the milestone of graduation
this is when things change - this is when we get serious about life
who do we want to be? - what do we want to do in life? - what does our future hold for us?

little did we know that our destinies were already planned out for us

known before we knew ourselves

and while we may have been walking down a certain road not knowing where it would lead
our master planner of our lives already knew

He let us have our "growing" room

room to spread our wings and become individuals
experiencing life and all it has to give us
but still - He had a plan for us

He, the one who loves us unconditionally
had a plan just for us

and when things happen that change your life in a blink of an eye
He already knew that "change" was going to happen

And He knew of our future and what it held for us
and the many roads that we would walk down
and the many side paths we would take
that would lead us to where we are right now

He was there all along walking right beside me - guiding me - loving me
and I should know after all these years of being taken care of

that I do not have a thing to worry about as I approach 50 or 60 or 70

for right beside me will be my Father watching over me

walking beside me while I take this future journey

a journey that has already been laid out before me

a journey that will lead me down the road

on the path of my life

full of surprises

full of wonder

full of twists and turns

A life that is FULL


Wanda said...

Happy Birthday, Rochelle!!!

City Girl Country Heart said...

Happy Birthday !
Love those pics, thats so cool that you have them all!!!
Happy Summer too !

Grace said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I hope all your birthday wishes come true! Grace xoxo

Riki Schumacher said...

Hey, happy birthday Rochelle! Love those photos. Are you at the Hearst Castle in one? I think I recognize that?? And the photo of you with the tree and the gold angel, love it. Love the hairdo's!