Celebrating 40 seems like such a milestone and if I’m being quite honest, I didn’t really believe I would ever be here. I thought that my whys would have been exhausted by now and that at 40 I would just been a memory.

Thirty-nine has been rough.

Thirty-nine has me humming “The Song that Never Ends” but with altered lyrics.

This is the year that doesn’t end.
It just goes on and on my friend.
I started living it, not knowing what it was
And I’ll continue living it forever just because,
This is the year that doesn’t’ end….

Earlier today I was going through my Facebook memories and saw a comment from a friend that grew up in the area that I live in. We met through blogging when she was preparing for gastric bypass surgery. I decided to click over to her page to let her know I was thinking of her all the while cursing Facebook’s algorithms because I never see updates from her. And that is when I discovered that shew passed away over year ago. Leaving behind her two young children, her husband and her beloved cats.

Thanks for that one last memorable kick to the crotch, Thirty-nine.

Looking back thirty-nine was the first year without him, was filled with health issues, had me resigning from my full time job, and losing two friends that I thought would be around forever.

Thirty-nine had her good moments. I’m sure years from now I will remember thirty-nine fondly as the year I learned how to live off of the sidelines, started to plan The Chicken’s wedding, and realized that life without kids in the empty nest with The Husband is fun.

And since we are being completely honest about thirty-nine, I hope that she brings me a 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Championship.

If you follow me anywhere on social media you will see that the last day of thirty-nine had me changing all of my profile pictures to those with red noses on them in anticipation of celebrating forty.

For my 40th birthday I would love nothing more than to give back and Red Nose Day does just that. It is a cause that speaks to my heart because I can tell the kids that it benefits that I get what they are going through.

I grew up poor in NE Ohio where we sometimes get knee deep snow in the wintertime. Where on the last day of thirty-nine it is a cold and rainy 62 degrees. So poor in NE Ohio has you losing your pet fish because your dad thought it would thaw out after they took the heater from your room when you were gone for a week in the winter and when you question your parents they joke and say things like “we don’t like the gas company.”

I don’t tell you these things to embarrass my mama or have you feel sorry for me, things happen and my parents worked tirelessly to make ends meet. I tell you this so that you know that this is something that speaks to me.

If you would like to help me celebrate my 40th birthday I have come up with four ways you can help.

1. You can purchase a red nose at Walgreens for $1 and post a photo on Instagram or Facebook. Fifty cents of each nose is donated to Red Nose
Day. Be sure to tag me in your posts so I can like the photo and thank you for your support.
2. You can purchase a piece of LuLaRoe from us in our https://www.facebook.com/donate/10213629267551875/. Alexis and I are hosting a week long album sale fundraiser and we
will donate $2 of every item sold to Red Nose Day through June 2. On June 3 we will announce how much money we are sending to Red Nose Day.
You can join our VIP group here.
3.You can donate to my Facebook fundraiser. Facebook said that Bill and Melinda Gates will match any donations I receive, but I am not really
sure how that works. While I would love for you all to buy pretty things from us, I know that not everyone looks great in an Amelia. (I am
mostly looking at your cousin Mike)
4.You can share this post in your social media circles by using one of the share buttons below. This one is free and you will help me to
reach people that I may not be able to reach without your help. I believe in community and every share counts.

I know this got a bit wordy, but if you stuck with me until the end I am so thankful.

Do you have any causes that are near and dear to your heart? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

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  1. I’m so glad you haven’t run out of reasons . That’s the thing w children, they always give you one to hold on to. They’re my two reasons and I hope you find more ??