Today is my 50th birthday.
Wow … that’s just weird to say.
It seems like yesterday I was half that age, full of youthful energy and busy with a toddler.
It would be easy to make jokes about aching knees, failing eyesight, and sagging “girls,” but I won’t.
Of course, all those things are true, but instead I prefer to focus on what I’m grateful for.
I’m grateful to have two legs that take me where I want to go.
My knees may hurt when I squat down, but they’ve served me well for years, and I’m truly grateful for the gift of walking.
I’m grateful for eyes that can still see. I didn’t wear glasses when I was 25, and I’m totally lost without them at 50, but I’m just glad I still have eyesight.
And I hope it doesn’t sound crass, but I’m grateful for my breasts.
They aren’t the perky young things they were at 25, but they nourished my infants, and I still have them, which is a blessing denied to so many women because of cancer.
I’m just grateful for life.
I’m grateful for every single day of it.
My daughter treated me to lunch for my 50th birthday, then we drove out to visit her beloved horse.
If you recall, she gifted him to another young lady when her life got too busy with work and school to give him enough attention.
He’s doing really well with his new owner, but we still miss him a lot and go visit him whenever we can.
I wanted to take a photo of the burlap tote I stenciled yesterday, so my daughter offered to take us to one of her favorite parks for a 50th birthday photo with the tote bag.
I love these burlap totes. They’re the perfect size to use as a grocery bag or beach tote, and it takes just a few minutes to give them farmhouse style with a stencil.
If you’d like to make your own –
stencil of choice – The small Milk and Cream Co. stencil is a great size for a tote bag and is the one I used.
Just tape the stencil in place on the tote, add paint to your stencil brush, then wipe most of it off, so the brush is very dry.
Lightly tamp the brush over the stencil until the paint is your desired darkness.
It’s a super quick and easy project, and burlap is the best surface to stencil on. You rarely get any bleed under the stencil.