Today Is My 50th Birthday

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This past week, I’ve been telling you 51 things I want to …do…accomplish…be… by my next birthday. I listed items in the following categories: educational, finances, organize, others, outings, personal, and spiritual.

When I was growing up we always had 1 extra candle on the birthday cake. The extra one was called “one to grow on.” Well, I have a “one to grow one” goal.

Today’s One to Grow On list is . . . 

1. Study prayer

What is your One to Grow On item for the year? I’d love to hear it.

GUESS WHAT? I’ve already completed one of the items on my list under educational: Write 1 article series for my blog. I wrote the whole article, broke it down into bite-sized reading chunks, and then scheduled when the posts would become “live.”

Yes, technically it was written before my birthday. But, my list, my rules. SO COOL, 1 down and 50 to go.

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  • 1. Duker  |  . at .

    Well, I would sing to you over this blog but then the bloggers would have to cover their ears !!! HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I wish you as much joy, happiness and fantasticness as you pass out on a regular basis to other people !!
    Oh and BTW, I have a little pressie for you !! But you have to come to the wearin O’the Green dinner to get it !! =-)
    haa haa, Enjoy being 50 ! I hear it it the new 30 …….
    You Go Girl

  • 2. lynette  |  . at .

    Happy Birthday Susan! Be sure to pop over to my site!

  • 3. Iris  |  . at .

    Felíz Cumpleaños Susan.
    May the Lord bless you with health, Joy, and your “one to grow on”! – Big hugs

  • 4. catlady  |  . at .

    Let’s pretend we’re at Chevy’s – sing this very fast:
    Happy, Happy Birthday – from all of us to you !
    We wish it was our birthday, so we could party too ! OLE !

    But we did get to party, too. Thanks for letting us share your birthday celebration and for sharing your wonderful self with all of us.

    CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • 5. doodah  |  . at .

    Susan, the official FunGirl Birthday song:

    Happy Birthday! Have a happy birthday!
    Happy Birthday! Have a Happy Day!
    Do we have a birthday here?
    Yes we have a birthday here!
    Birthday here!
    Birthday here!
    Happy Birthday! Have a happy birthday!
    Happy Birthday!
    Have a Happy Day!!!!!

  • 6. Jenny Arnez  |  . at .

    a mi hermana hermosa,
    ¡50 cumpleaños Feliz feliz!
    ¡Amo usted, hermana!

    su hermana mucho más joven,

  • 7. Elizabeth  |  . at .

    Ja må hona,
    ja må hon leva.
    ja må hon leva uti hundrade år!
    Ja visst ska hon leva,
    ja visst ska hon leva,
    ja visst ska hon leva uti hundrade år.
    Hon lever! Hurra! Hurra! Hurra

  • 8. tonia  |  . at .

    Happy birthday! May 50 bring you wonderful surprises and much joy.

    God bless,


  • 9. susan2009  |  . at .

    Hey Duker, Thanks for the birthday wishes. I thing you sing right pudy! I’ll see you at the wearing of the greeen then. It is advertised very nicely at

    Thanks, Lynette. I did pop over. What a surprise. Thanks for the recognition. :-)

    Querida Iris, Muchas gracias. Con amor para ti tambien.

  • 10. susan2009  |  . at .

    Dear Catlady, You are such a surprise stinker. It was a very fun and even productive party. Thanks for loving me as I am.

    Doodah, I feel so blessed to have all these birthday songs flung with abandon my way. Thanks for your wishes as well. It means a lot to me.

    Well my sista, thanks for the sentiments! I really do FEEL like the much, much older sister now. :-0

    Elizabeth, you are being tricky. My guess was that you were “singing” birthday wishes in Swedish. Because of your friend Molly. Babelfish didn’t help too much. Well, not at all really. Thanks for letting me know, last night, that it is Swedish.

    Tonia, Thanks for the birthday wishes. I’m 2 days into my new year and it already has had some surprises and joy.

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3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
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21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
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