Wednesday, April 29, 2009

39 from this day forward

Wish me a happy birthday and make it good because this is the
LAST one that I will ever acknowledge.
(Note to Brent: You are still on the hook for getting me a present every year just make sure the card doesn't mention the reason for said gift.)

39 years old? WHEN did that happen?
38 years ago I was already sharing the spotlight with a little sister. Stephy and I are only 11 months apart. She was a great 1st birthday present.
33 years ago I was finishing up Kindergarten. Because I was so shy and nervous about school, my mom let me skip a lot and stayed at the school several of the days that I went. Pretty sweet mom. Funny that I deal with tons of these situations as a School Psych. now.
26 years ago I turned 13. I pray every day that my teenagers will not be as insecure and emotional as I was. My parents deserve a medal for enduring my mood swings.
21 years ago I was getting ready to graduate from High School. Honors in every subject but one (P.E., of course) was enough for a small scholarship to BYU.
20 years ago I finished my first semester at BYU with roommate friendships still in tact but scholarship gone.
16 years ago I completed my student teaching in Home Economics as MRS. Zimmerman and graduated from BYU.
13 years ago I contemplated a long, hot summer pregnant with Todd. The air conditioning in our brand new home was faulty and I thought I might die of heat exhaustion. I feel sorry for the customer service individuals who had to deal with my pleadings and threats that summer!
11 years ago I was accepted to graduate school. BYU again. I felt sooooo old compared to the others in my cohort.
9 years ago I crammed for my comprehensive exams unaware that Kenna would arrive the morning I was scheduled to take them! I had the pleasure of taking her to campus at 1-1/2 weeks old to take the two-day long tests. Brent was hired at a company in Bountiful and the commute from Provo was a killer. We began plans to move north.
7 years ago I got brave enough to put my Master's Degree to the test and apply to work part-time as a School Psychologist for Davis School District.
4 years ago I prepared to take another year off from working before Alec was born.
3 years ago I started training for my first marathon. I also interviewed to return to work for Davis School District.
1 year ago I was anxiety-ridden about attending my 20 year High School reunion. It turned out to be way more fun and much less worry than I imagined! Loved it.
TODAY I go to work, enjoy my kids and husband, eat way more calories than I should without feeling as much guilt as I normally would, and thank my Heavenly Father for my 39,000+ blessings. If you're reading this, you're on that long list. I love you, Friends.


Penny for your thoughts said...

Happy Birthday Rita I hope you have a great day. I love that picture of you, your Beautiful you dont look a day over 21 :) love ya to pieces.

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday! I guess in 10 short years we'll be the same age! I know I'll never be able to catch up with your beauty, wisdom, mad school-psych skills, or overall coolness. I love you!

kmmclain said...

Happy Birthday Rita! You have accomplished a lot of things in such a short amount of time! I hope the next set are just as wonderful.

Lynette said...


Hard to believe you ever felt insecure bout yourself!!! You are sooo beautiful inside and out, and you have always been!!! And...39 looks great on you my friend! Just a number right? Long as we don't act our age....don't let the digits get you down!

I think you are awesome!!!

Have a Happy Birthday my friend!!!

Kristen Gregson said...

That was so fun to read. You have accomplished so much in your mere 39 years of life. May you have equal success in the next 39, then the next 39, and so forth. You are a beautiful and talented YOUTHFUL gal and I'm glad that I know you. Hope you had a great birthday!

Rockelle said...

I hope that your day is AWESOME!
I am so glad to know you Rita...All my life even!
Happy Birthday!
Love ya tons..sweet girl!

Scott said...

A very happy birthday. Welcome to Club 39. You are now the same age as your father-in-law and much older and wiser than your husband. You are a wonderful addition to our family. I'm glad Brent took my advise to "marry up."

Jana said...

Deets, I loved your little walk down memory lane! You are such a beautiful person -- inside and out -- and should be so proud of all you've accomplished and learned in your short 39 years! Here's to a wonderful birthday and at least 39 more!! Love ya, hope you had a terrific day!

Sheri said...

Hope you had a great birthday. And if I hadn't turned 33 this year I NEVER would have guessed you were turning 39. Glad you're a part of the family.

Amy and Brad said...

What a great post! I loved the little glimpses into your life and laughed out loud at "roommate friendships in tact, scholarship gone" :) Sounds like you had your college priorities straight for sure!

The Bullknitter said...

I hope you had a great birthday, Rita! Loved the lifelong list.

Debbie said...

What a fun birthday post. I loved reading it all. What a wonderful live you've lived. Happy 39th. 40 is not nearly as bad as you think, Rita. I'm turning 4-1 this year. Enjoy your special day!

Kenna Z. said...

Happy b'day, mom!!!!

Kellie said...

Happy Birthday Rita! I have absolutley loved getting to know you better. You inspire me and always make me smile. I am grateful to consider you a friend. Look how much you have accomplished in your 39 years - WOW!!! You are awsome. I hope I can be as youthful as you when I am 39!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday, Rita! I'm sorry I didn't send my wishes sooner, but I'm going to plead temporary brain-damage (at least I hope it's temporary...). By the way, great post!