I am celebrating 50 years….born 50 years ago in 1966! Holy moly how did THAT happen?

For the last month, I have been dreading turning 50, thinking I will be an ancient, old lady. 😀 I mean really, 50 – a half-of-a-century. maxine-cartoon-character-clipart-1

This week I had the realization that it is always better to celebrate life, successes-even small, milestones rather than dwell on past mistakes or worry about the future and getting old. If I really think about it…I am only middle age because many of my grandparents, great grand parents and great-great aunts have lived to 90 and beyond.

I thought about what I have accomplished up until this point in my life and there has been a-l-o-t of things, exciting things. I could not find all of my photo albums, you know, before we decided to keep all of our pictures in cyberspace? Here is my little “walk down memory lane and celebrate life”. Hope you enjoy it!

Before we get to the pictures – what else celebrates 50 years this year? My mom told me on an apron she gave me: 50 years of the Country Music Awards, the Monkey’s (yeah you have to be old enough to know who they were) 😉 the first Super Bowl and 50 years of Southern Living Magazine.

cool apron from mom
cool apron from mom
baby-me-and-mom1966
Me and my mom
my 1st birthday
my 1st birthday
all 4 generations
all 4 generations

I was lucky to have my Mom, my Gram and my Nanny – 4 generation of women!

Gram taught me how to crochet when I was 8-9ish
Gram taught me how to crochet when I was 8-9ish
I played the clarinet and then the bass clarinet in junior high
I played the clarinet and then the bass clarinet in junior high

 

Me in the back freezing during cheerleading
Me in the back freezing during cheerleading

I was a cheerleader in high school but not at school – it was nearly impossible to join. This was with a youth association, we had the best time for a couple years!!

Missing a few years of pics, cannot find those photo albums – grrr 😀

I met my love in 1985
I met my love in 1985
Wedding shower with mom and gram
Wedding shower with mom and gram
John & I  and the gang
John & I

me-and-country

Horses became a big part of my life in Georgia. We rode for pleasure, trails and then competed, became a student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, attained my own goal of Level 3 Liberty 2010 and Level 2 riding with my current mare Tina(not pictured). The video is here if you care to watch. Freestyle riding video

1996 olympics
1996 olympics

I was lucky to be picked to work at the 96 Olympics in GA as a barn manager. I was totally excited to braid an Olympic horse’s mane!! The pic on the right is in Oympic Village the night before the bombing.

Our beautiful baby
Our beautiful baby

After 9 years of trying to conceive – our miracle baby was born. The biggest celebration of life!

Baby Jonathan's Christening and my whole family came!
Baby Jonathan’s Christening and my whole family came!

Look at that munchkin face – so adorable!!

me-and-jonathan-baby

 

halloween, we all loved dressing up
halloween, we all loved dressing up
Trip to Paris - a once in a lifetime trip
Trip to Paris – a once in a lifetime trip
Ladies Homestead Gathering 2011
Ladies Homestead Gathering 2011

I met my tribe – women who love everything homesteading! I have learned so many things from these ladies and the friendships are treasured and to be celebrated!

1st time with a chainsaw
1st time with a chainsaw

The things you learn….

log-pic celebrating our first mushroom logs that WE innoculated together in 2013ish

Happy Faces!
Happy Faces!

Meeting the famous Rosemary Gladstar – just wow!

celebrating my birthday with my new herbie friends! 2014
celebrating my birthday with my new herbie friends! 2014
Celebrating Gram, to be my very last visit with her. Miss her lots.
Celebrating Gram, to be my very last visit with her. Miss her lots.
Jonathan and I
Jonathan and I
my year of learning to be a better herbalist
my year of learning to be a better herbalist
our beautiful farm!
our beautiful farm!

So remember, don’t fret about the past or worry about the future, celebrate your accomplishes, live your dreams and enjoy the moment.

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Love to you all,

Anne-Marie

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