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Aug
29
2013

Happy Birthday Hannah!

Number 25.  A very important one.  No more important than any other but very important just the same.  Hannah has become such a beautiful young woman.  Strong.  Determined.  Disciplined.  Focused.  Brave.  Brilliant.  Hilarious. Motivated. Honest. Trustworthy. Conscientious. Accomplished. She a wonderful daughter, sister, cousin, friend, student, employee…human.  She feels strongly about women’s rights.  And being raised to believe she was at least equal to every man she knew, she expects every man she meets to comprehend this as well.  She doesn’t instigate any confrontation, and will play the roll of peacemaker to a point, but don’t hurt her family or friends unless you want the full hurricane force response from Hannah.

If you have followed my blog you know Hannah spent a year at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Yep, that happened. I missed her more than I said.  And more than I realized.  But she is back and attending LSU Shreveport and is moving into her first apartment this very week.  She is so excited to have her own home. It is a beautiful apartment in a safe, gated community.

What a birthday!  She has a great job with an accounting firm (her field) and of course they love her and seem to appreciate the gem they have found in her.  She just started the semester and of course loves school, loves learning, loves grades and new books and classes and lectures and assignments, sticky notes, highlighters and notebooks. Not to mention new clothes, make-up and shoes :)

She won’t spend her birthday with us and won’t get a birthday cake unless someone at work gets her one.  But I don’t think they know she’s gluten free so…maybe just a “Happy Birthday” would be best.  We will go up tomorrow because Jerry, Ben and I all have doctor’s appointments and will take her TV and a few of her clothes.  Then Saturday will be the big haul.  All of her chotchkies, books, shoes (she has a LOT of books & shoes), posters etc.

Jerry and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of her. She is goal oriented and disciplined enough to accomplish those goals.  She made up her mind a long time ago that she wanted to be able to take care of herself financially and she has set about to get the education that will insure she can do that.  She decided she would get married and have a family when she met someone she couldn’t live without and who couldn’t live without her.  She realized she deserved to be loved and treated like her dad loves and treats me.  She also realized those kind of people aren’t just coming out of the woodwork.  She knows her own value as a person and that she doesn’t have to “settle” for what comes along just to be able to say she’s a wife.  That’s when things begin to go wrong in a woman’s life, if they are good to begin with.  I have always wanted and believed my daughters would grow up to be strong, independent, determined women and to believe that their worth is in no way tied to their marital status.  Do I hope the two that aren’t married get married?  If they want to.  If they choose to.  More than that, I hope they find love.  I hope they meet a person like their dad.  If they don’t meet that person and fall in love with them, then I hope they don’t ever feel pressured to marry the next best thing.  That would break my heart.  You shouldn’t marry “good enough”.  You should marry The One.  And as far as I know both my unmarried girls are straight but if they aren’t, all this still applies.  I want my children to be healthy and happy and know they are always the lights of my life.  I want them to be who THEY are – not who someone expects them to be.  They are way more than anyone could ever expect anyway.

Well, that turned into more than a birthday tribute, didn’t it.  I get long winded sometimes.  But that’s what you love about me, right ? LOL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH! I LOVE YOU!

hannah

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bramble

Happiest of birthdays Hannah, enjoy all the adventures headed your way!

Hannah

Thank you, mama. Love you so much. I could never be the person I am today without you and Dad.

I hope that Hannah had the happiest of ever Birthdays. I think if more children had parents with values like yours and Gerry’s, there would be a lot more happy people in this world. All the best to Hannah in her new year at LSU! I wish her all the success and happiness in the world! xxoo