Hello from Mr. Sun-and-Candlelight ...
Birthday Cake with my Boys

I have no words this morning ...

So I'll begin with someone else's ...

Hand-delicate

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~ Marcel Proust

To my friends, family and charming gardeners ...

You cannot know how grateful I am for all your beautiful, heartfelt birthday messages. My 40th birthday was happier than I ever could have imagined, and it was all thanks to you - each one of you who took time from your day to wish me well. 
 
Your every wish was a seed, planted firmly in the garden of my heart ... and what beautiful memories will grow there.

And to my charming, clever and creative husband ...

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be. ~ Robert Browning

Honey, you are the best
Last month, when you asked me to help you set up a blog for some kind of "photo project" I never could have imagined all of this. Thank you for making my birthday so special. Thank you for making me feel special everyday ... I love it that, now that I'm 40, you have been in my life longer than not. :)

You know, more than one person has said to me, 40 is really just a number, and I agree. I really don't feel any different, I don't feel any older. (Well, maybe a tiny bit stiffer in the mornings ...) Inside I still feel like the little girl you saw in those pictures ...

I hope I always keep that girl fresh in my mind, and alive in my heart ~ she got me where I am today, after all. Healthy, happy, filled with love and life ... and eager to start the next leg of the journey.

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. ~ Madeleine L'Engle

Blessings to you all!

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