The Perks of Being 38

Friday Five

Birthdays, like New Year’s Day, are a prime time to assess one’s life. I process life with pen and paper. So, for my 38th birthday, I decided to make a list of things I have going for me. It is a good practice to be thankful on my birthday. Today’s #FridayFive is a birthday edition!

The Perks of Being 38

I Have My Knees.

I work in geriatric rehab. I am painfully aware of the fragility of one’s knees. There is a day on the horizon when the weight of my body will be too much for my 2 knees. Today, I can run in the backyard. I can bend down to play cars and trucks with Barrett. I can get on all floors to look for lost shoes under the couch. I can kneel to pray for my girls before bed. Thank you, God, for 2 good knees to carry me.


thankful on my birthday

I Have My Eyes.

My husband passed the 40-year threshold. I watch him look at his iPhone with his arm fully extended. I told him it is time for reading glasses. I know my time is coming. For now, I will enjoy good books. I will sign reading logs and homework agendas. I will write checks to the mortgage company and utility board. All without readers!

 thankful on my birthday

I Have My Writing.

Through the years, I have used my free time for all sorts of fun things. I perused decorating blogs and found creative ways to add beauty to our home. I consumed hours of The Food Network and learned how to cook new, delicious dishes. I scrapbooked Claire’s first two years and the “we’re having a baby” page in Sarah Kate’s book (sorry, SK!). At 38, I am content with the same decor we’ve had for the last 8 years. I am ok with my ready-made menu from Emeals. I try not to let the stacks of photos in the hall closet fall on me when I open the door. I use my free time to write and that suits me just fine!


thankful on my birthday

I Have My Friends.

I have always had friends. Sometimes relationships ran deep; other times they stayed superficial. At 38, I have more deep, genuine friendships than ever before. I became more comfortable being myself around others. This vulnerability brought deeper intimacy. I am aware this gift of friendship is no small thing. I have felt loneliness and longing; it makes me all the more grateful for the treasure of friendship. Today, I celebrate my tribe, my peeps, my friends.


Date Night

I Have My Husband.

I have been married 17 years; I have been with my husband longer than I have been without him. I know marriages don’t always last. Just like friendship, a lasting marriage is a sacred gift. It hasn’t always been wine and roses. There are times when we both wanted to stop and start over. At 38, I am blessed to be married to the love of my youth.

Where two or more people are connected in Christ, carrying out their calling to fulfill His purpose, they will experience the blessing of being in a love that lasts longer than a lifetime. (Andrea Stunz)


#FridayFive Link Up

#FridayFive October

Now it’s your turn! Pick an age, any age. What are the perks of being that age? Maybe you step back in time and remember what it was like to be 12. Or consider the gift of your current age. Share a perk in the comments below. Better yet, write about it and link up with the button below.

Be sure to come back next week for one of my #FridayFive favorites, Five Smiles!

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  1. Definitely enjoy those eyes! It is a pain not to be able to read. My family laughs when I say I have to take out my contacts to see, but it’s true when I want to read a book.

  2. I am going to try to do this one…THANK!! For making it available, and for sharing yourself with us!

  3. Five Perks of Being 45
    1. Been there. Done that.
    2. The joy of dessert stays with you well after consumption…on your thighs.
    3. The large style variety of reading glasses (aka “cheaters”)
    4. Your kids love to tell people how old you are.
    5. Life is about who you want to be rather than what you want to do.

  4. What??? I’ve been quoted! 🙂 Kelly, I love your 5 perks. My 30’s were some of my most favorite years. Thanks for hosting the linkup!

  5. Oh, I loved reading this! I’m 39 and I would agree with everything you wrote. I will also add that a perk of being 39 is that I’ve now owned some items of clothing long enough to see them go out of style and come back in again! ; )

    • If only I weren’t so quick to toss my old stuff! But, I don’t think any of it would fit anymore. My 14-year-old rear was a little smaller than it is at 38!

  6. such a sense of belonging with friends at this age!

  7. Love this. It might encourage me to blog again on Fridays. I had been doing 5 minute Fridays but stopped awhile ago. I’ve never seen a permanently open list! If you write a post about your relationship with God please link to Sunday Stillness.
    Janis a friend at Me Too Moments for mom

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