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Sunday, August 18, 2013


Reflection. The dictionary defines it as “a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration”. On Tuesday I will be turning 45. The days leading up to my birthday are always somewhat reflective for me.


Little memories come back to me. Such as the Fashionista’s favorite movie as a little girl was “Mulan”. When she was four she must have watched that movie 100 times or more. I can pretty much recite the entire script by heart. :)


While I would often busy myself with other things as she watched the movie I would always come and sit next to her and sing with her during this song:

As we grow and struggle to find who we are I imagine that all of us have at one time or another felt like:

“Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me?”


We all have growing pains. Some of it exterior… years of braces, bad haircuts or acne. Some of it interior when we fight against who we are, who we want to be, and who others think we should be.  Sometimes we can lose ourselves in the struggle. 

I remember this girl with the bad mullet hairdo. I remember what her dreams were. For the most part I have been blessed that I have achieved many of her dreams and am still working towards making a few more come true.


Yes, there have been times I have lost my way. I’ve fallen for the trap of what society tells us we should do and be. I have wasted time chasing after things that really didn’t matter. I have paid the price for some of the more difficult choices. But still, I am thankful for all the lessons learned.

At 45 I have earned every fine line and wear them proudly as I try to be the best possible me that He wants me to be.


Above all, I am born again and there is nothing greater. No matter what the future may hold I rest in that knowledge.


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” ~ 1 Peter 1:3~4


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You are beautiful inside and out and one of the most caring people I know. Happy Birthday and I had a fabulous day at your party. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Maria Elena said...

Happy Birthday! Hoping you have a wonderful day!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Happy birthday beautiful girl!!

Rita C. said...

♪Happy Birthday week to you, Laura!♫
It's a pleasure having met you, and I hope to know you many years to come. Acknowledging who we are and how we are the compilation of all our life events is a good reflection, indeed.

Bloggymom said...

Happy Birthday!! You are a beautiful person.

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! Thank you for sharing the most important thing that makes you who you are. Take time to celebrate on your special day.

Marydon Ford said...

Laura, yo are just as sweet & genuine as can be. What a darling newbie to this gorgeous lady, you have become.
Your heart is giving & caring ... we all must stumble & hopefully grow as we trek thru life ... you are a gem!
Happy birthday sweet friend

.♥.Gaby.♥.Homestyle.♥.. said...

Happy♥ Birthday♫ beautiful♥ foto♥..;))
Hugs Gaby..♥

openid said...

In that reflection I see God's love. Happy Birthday, my friend. A box is scheduled for delivery tomorrow, however you can't open it till Tuesday!
Love, Deborah

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Happy Early Birthday, Pretty Lady..

we never make mistakes, we just choose to have learning experiences:)

May all your days be Happy ones.

Redhead Sadie said...

I think a certain little red haired girl would have loved to hang out with that pretty little braces and mullet haired girl. She looks very kind and sweet and like she would have been a very fun and good friend.

I know that I sure enjoy being your friend now and am very honored to have celebrated your pre-birthday with you yesterday!!!

Things are only going to get better from here, are only getting started with your Divine Fabulousness! I am looking forward so much to seeing you shine even more!!!! Look at you go, sweet Laura!

Watching you with pride, awe and love,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh gosh, I wish I could have been there at your party!
Happy Birthday dear Laura!
You are beautiful inside and out.
(you looked cute in a mullet)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Happy birthday sweet Laura! I hope that your birthday week is wonderful! I am headed your way again in October and hope to be able to see you again then.

The Boston Lady said...

Happy Birthday week to such a beautiful soul, person, mom, wife and friend. I hope you have a wonderful week. Ann

Kelley said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Tuesday!


Jane said...

Happy Birthday! As others have said, you are beautiful inside and out!