Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Happy birthday to me!



Yep, today is my birthday--49 and counting!

The other day my youngest son asked, "Mom, were you born when John F. Kennedy was President?"  The answer to that question is YES, I was.  Just barely.

For my birthday today, I'd like to ask you a special favor.  Would you please do something special for me for my birthday?

You see, I'm conducting some research, and I'd love to include you in that.  I know you're busy, but if you have just a minute, please, please, PLEASE leave me a comment and complete this statement:

"I wish I were more like _________________ because s/he is so ______________________."

Or if you don't really wish you were like anyone else, I'd love to know that, too!

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Thank you so much for helping me to have a happy birthday!  I'm so grateful for you!!

54 comments:

Amanda said...

I wish I was more like my sister-in-law, because she rolls with things an doesn't have to have things micromanaged like I do!

Heather said...

Happy, happy birthday! I wish I were more like my husband's grandmother because she is able to go with the flow and laugh even in difficult circumstances.

Linda said...

I wish I were more like Jesus. I so desire a meek and gentle spirit. I want to reach out to others more than I do...with a sincere heart of love and selflessness. (:>) Self gets in the way too often.

Dawn said...

gosh what a tough thing to answer!!! and i've always been good at fill-in-the-blanks :) but the truth is... i just wanna be me. a better me... but i so want to be done with comparing and not livign up!!! so... i just wanna be me, but with more Jesus, more orgainization and less lazy!!

Linda said...

Oh...and a Very Happy Birthday Richella!!!! May God Bless your 49th year!

Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Kari at A Grace Full Life said...

I really wish I were more like my bestie Rebecca because she is so calm and doesn't let things get to her.

Happy Birthday Richella! You don't look like you are 49 at all! As someone in their 40's, I can appreciate how looking young at our age feels.
God bless you on your day!!

Jessica Reurich said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!!
I would love to be more like...that is really a complicated question...I would love for my body to be more like my pre-children body, I would love for my mind to be more organized like Martha (but not in the crazy compulsive, overbearing way), I really want to be more Christ-like and that is what I'm striving for, but in reality I am a perfectly imperfect human who wants to love and be loved...sooo, the long of the short of it is...I just wanna be me!

Quilting Grannie said...

Happy birthday! Today is also my Scottish daughter-in-law's birthday too. We are in Scotland just now and her sister just came by the house here and they Skyped their sister who lives in Portugal. Lots of Scottish Borge.

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday Richella. I'm 49 too.

I would like to be more like Mama Linda (my MIL). She has so much faith and such a positive outlook every second of the day. She is just wonderful to be around - she makes everyone feel good.

Linda (Lawless) Stinnett said...

Happy Birthday Richella! I could give you lots of wishes. I wish I was more like my grandchildren. Jesus told us to be more like children and they are hungry to learn and quick to love. As I age I'm less and less those two things. I also wish I was more like our Aunt Hazel and our other aunts/grandmothers of that generation. They lived from a time of almost no technology to see men walk on the moon. Just think what we could have learned by experiencing that! And, there have been times I wished I was more like Richella when I watched her interact lovingly and with an attitude of teaching her cute little redheads. God bless on your special day!

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

Happy Birthday!
I wish I were more like my husband. Hs is so selfless and caring. He hardly every complains and is such an encourager to me. I hope I can be all that to him.

Judy @ A Meek Perspective said...

Happy Birthday, again! I wish I were more like Darlene, because she is so full of energy. Her energy is always positive, reaching out to everyone without any preconceived ideas, getting so much accomplished, reflecting a christian attitude -- always, always a breath of fresh air. I think these wishes are always for something we are lacking in our own personalities otherwise we wouldn't be yearning for something different.

Heathahlee said...

Happy Birthday, Beautiful! :)

There are so many amazing women I wish I were more like. But, I have to agree with Dawn...I just wish I were a better ME. Living up to the potential I have in Christ, living in the promises He has for me in Ephesians 1.

Oh, to have that faith!

becky said...

Happy Birthday! for your question....I'd like to be more like Jesus, because He has a forgiving heart, He uplifts the downtrodden, and He restores lives.

Lisa said...

I hate to sound overly spiritual, but I do wish I was more like Jesus. Yes, I am becoming more like Him as I age (I'm almost not 50 anymore). Yet I've walked with him for over 30 years, and still find I'm too selfish and not as patient, loving, forgiving, discerning (as to what is really important at the moment), and secure in self identity as He is and as I would like to be.

Happy Birthday!

At The Picket Fence said...

Happy Birthday sweet friend!!! I hope your day is filled with reminders of what a blessing you are to so many people. :-) You know, in the past I probably could have filled in those blanks with lots of names...but now, I'm just learning that God created me to be me and He loves me just as I am. And that the only person I should strive to be more like is Christ. So I guess that fills in the blank, right? :-)
Have a wonderful day,
Vanessa

Renee A said...

I wish I was more like my daughter, Grace, because she has more patience & kindness in her little heart than anyone I know.
Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

Jill said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful 49th year!

I want to be more like Jesus, but my lazy and selfish desires get in the way. I want to be bold!

Valerie said...

I wish I was more like the person God created me to be because then I would not feel so conflicted or at odds with myself/actions at times.

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday! I always hated it when someone asks that question!! I want to be like Jesus because he always knew what to say in any circumstance! I find myself wishing I had said this or that or not knowing what to say sometimes. Hope your research project goes well!

Stefanie Brown said...

Happy Birthday!!

Shelly W. said...

Happy, happy, happy day! What a blessing you are to so many, Richella.

I wish I was more like . . . me! Only skinnier. And the one who actually DID what she talked about doing. :)

Sarah Crain said...

I wish I was more like my mom. She is unselfish, never complains, and is always a blessing.

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday, Richella!

I wish I was more like Chip. He knows when to speak and when to listen.

Shelia said...

Happy Birthday, Richella! You're adorable.
Well, even though I'm fluffier than I'd like to be, I'm pretty satisfied with who I am. But I would like to be more like the woman Jesus sees me as.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Happy happy birthday!

I don't wish I was more like anyone that I know.

Liberty said...

HAppy Birthday dear one!!
Hope it's as perfect as one can be here...

In the last few years I've grown fairly content ( and dare I even say it happy) in my own skin.

There are lots of people I wish I was more like...What I primarily envy is a piece of their personality - and I know that we are all just jumbled messes being sorted out in an individual way...

So, to make a long answer longer: what I'd like is to be more like who He created me to be. With all the fruits of the Spirit a bit closer to the surface and a heaping side of forgiveness!

Kristin said...

Happy Birthday!

I wish I was more like my dogs. Living in the moment and not obsessing about things, especially things out of my control. :o)

Living Life in the Lowcountry said...

Happy Birthday! Today is my husband's birthday also!
I wish I were more like my friend Tina, she is so creative!

Susan Jacques said...

I wish I were more like my dear friend Nita because she walks so closely with the Lord.

Happy Birthday!

Meadows Clan said...

I wish I were more like Jesus - seeing others through His eyes.

Happy Birthday!!!!

Erica {let why lead} said...

Happy birthday, Richella! Great question - it really gets you thinking! I'd say I mostly just want to be a better me—a more patient mother and a closer follower of Christ. But I don't mind admiring others' finer qualities, so I'll add that I'd like to be as hard working as my mother. She never complains and yet never stops working!

Kayla said...

I agree with Erica....that really got me thinking. Most of the time, I fully embrace the "me" that I am. Everynow and then, though, I will meet someone that I would like to steal a little piece of and add it to "me". If that makes any sense. Usually, those are more adventurous, outgoing, fun people. Because, I am basically a cautious, semi-introverted, careful person....but you can always have more fun, right?

Kathy Olson said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Gosh, that's a hard question. My daughter said, "Well, you always say you wish you had Beth Moore's hair." ha ha I don't know. Just more like Jesus and a better me, maybe with Beth's hair. lol

Paula said...

Happy Birthday!

I wish I were more like my husband. He always is positive and stays calm under pressure. He's also the nicest person that I know.

Kelli W said...

Happy Birthday Richella! We are celebrating at our house today too...it's Eli's fourth birthday:)
That is a tough question for sure. There are a ton of people that I wish I were more like for a ton of different reasons!

Kim said...

I wish I was more like my best friend because she's so accomplished and I'm so... Not. You know, great job, married, house, kid, menagerie of animals, and only 6 months older than me. While my life goal consists of visiting every zoo in the country.

Jules said...

I just wish I was more confident like my friends.. They all seem to have it all together and I always feel like I'm the one struggling...

JMD said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Actually I am satisfied to be me. I still am a work in progress but content with who and what I am.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have many, many more and today is super Blessed. Hugs, marty

NanaDiana said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day. As for your quesstion...hmmmm...

I wish I was more like my Aunt Bice (now deceased and no I don't wish i was dead -thank you). She always found the good in every person and built up everyone whose life she touched. She was a beautiful woman and worked hard and never had a hair out of place. If she loved you-you KNEW you were loved and special to her.

Blessings to you- xo Diana

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Happy Birthday, sweet friend!!

I wish I were more like my grandmother--she was a real go-getter!

Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday! I just keep working on being me :)

Jill C. said...

Happy Birthday! You are just a couple of months ahead of me, I will be 49 in December--how are you feeling about 49? I am actually kind of excited about it--why not embrace the coming big 50?

Ok, I wish I was more like my mom because she is so loving and calming and optimistic.

I just love your blog--thanks for putting yourself out there :)

ottszoo said...

I have 2..I hope that's ok....I wish I was more like my friend Rachel because she always speaks so highly of her husband and takes such good care of him. I also wish I was like my friend Allison because she is so sweet spirited and patient with her children.

Anita said...

GOD bless this new year in your life, Richella with an intimacy with HIM as never before.
I would like to be like Enoch because he was in love with GOD with his first love for HIM till the end, though I am a far cry from him.

Steve Weaver said...

I wish I were more like my wife Peggy because she is the most spiritual person I know.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

While I love learning from other people, I rarely find myself wanting to be like someone else.

Happy birthday.

Fondly,
Glenda

Patti said...

I want to be more like the person God created me to be. I keep messing up his plans with my plans! :-/ Because...the person he created me to be is everything I need to be...and not all this extra fuss I keep throwing into the mix! :)

Patti said...

I want to be more like the person God created me to be. I keep messing up his plans with my plans! :-/ Because...the person he created me to be is everything I need to be...and not all this extra fuss I keep throwing into the mix! :)

Erin said...

I wish I were more like Mother Teresa (whose feast day is September 5th!) because she was so patient, kind and faithful.

Happy Birthday, Richella!

Erin

Barbara Hiatt said...

Happy Birthday!! I wish I were more like Queen Esther because s/he was so courageous and determined."

You don't look a day over 35! :) XO Blessings to you!

Kristi said...

I'm so late...... But happiest of birthdays, sweet Richella!

What an interesting question. Like many others, I'd love to be the best edition of 'me' as the Lord intended me to be, more like Jesus as well as several godly women that come to mind. But the first name that came to mind was Mary. She knew what was of greatest importance - sitting at the feet of Jesus. I don't serve effectively or very humbly, I'm afraid, when I neglect this 'one thing.' I suppose that is how He intended it to be ~

Dear Lillie said...

I wish I were more like my cousin, Cathy. She is so Christ-like, thoughtful, kind and such a woman of grace. And I've never heard her speak ill of anyone, ever!

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