I don’t write many “personal” posts these days, but today – I turn FORTY!  And after spending hours over the past few weeks, trawling through hundreds of photographs to make a photo book for my party, I have been even more emotional than I usually am.  And that’s saying something!


1975. My Mum was one hot Mumma!

You see, I’ve had a pretty damn good life – so far.  In fact, on Monday, whilst sitting at the footy with my husband and four kids, I leant over and told Andrew that I was so very happy with my family.


Best rocking horse ever!

We have made a great life for ourselves, and have both come from great families.  We know what we want for our kids, and we are a great team!


Everyone had a haircut like this in Kindy yes?

But life isn’t always this rosey!  I’ve had plenty of interesting obstacles to tackle in my forty years….


Primary school

But have always somehow managed to get through them.


HIgh School.

The greatest gift I have been given (other than my immediate family, husband and children) are my friends.  And I just want to use this very public forum to thank them.  Each and every friend who has come in to my life, has helped me get to this day.  And there are some extra special friends I want to do a shout out to.  For without them –


Me, Suzie & Holly – 2000

I couldn’t have gotten through my childhood.


Tarassa & I at her wedding.


Cynthia, Me, Sam & Karen – If this is 40, then 40 is looking good!

Or my adulthood!


Jodie, Me, Hayley & Bec

They’ve supported me through my parent’s divorce, a change of states, my parents living overseas.  They’ve held my hand through my own divorce and the fallout that came with it.  And they cheered me on when I met the love of my life…..


2002 – My 27th birthday, the year after we met!

I’ve been blessed to have all of you in my life, and could not even begin to imagine how mundane it would be without you!  So, from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU – Suzie, Tarassa, Holly – for 34 years – most of them spent living states apart.  THANK YOU – Karen, Cynthia and Sam – for seeing me through my teens and beyond.  THANK YOU – Jodie, Bec and Hayley – for accepting me in to your friendship group in my mid 20’s, and embracing your mate’s new divorced single mother girlfriend!

19628_10153307085878619_5946086222141394267_nAND last but most certainly not least – THANK YOU to my darling husband, Andrew.  You are the most fabulous human being I have ever had the  pleasure of knowing, and I still count my lucky stars for the dodgy internet dating site you found me on!

If the next forty years of my life are even remotely like the first – then I can’t wait to get started!

Happy Birthday to Me!


Okay……back to the regular schedule tomorrow!  No more sappy posts! 🙂

22 Responses to Forty

  1. Happy Birthday Midgey! I’m so very thankful to have met you. I am so blessed to be able to bask in your wonderfully generous, funny, kind, nuts and a touch crazy personality and I love it. Thanks for letting me call you a friend and for not taking me out to bushland and making me dig my own grave when we hung out just recently! Hope you have a fabulous day! Rock out your Forties!

  2. Happy Birthday! What a lovely post to read! You get better looking with each photo xx

  3. Happy Birthday. 40 is fabulous (oh to be that age again) you look maaaaahhhvelous darling!

  4. Suesews Too says:

    Well happy birthday ms midge! It been a pleasure getting to cyber know you and hopefully meet you in person next week!

  5. Laurelle C says:

    Happy Birthday to you. I am loving my forty’s and sure you will too. I discovered quilting, kids are self sufficient and life is a little less hectic. I am working at a booth next week so maybe will get to say hi . Enjoy your party 😉

  6. Kate says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Melissa! <3
    Welcome to 40! Only been here a few weeks myself, but it's pretty cool so far 😉

  7. antigone_marcelena says:

    Happy birthday, Midge! I turn 40 in sept and that was a ver y
    nice post. You’ ve inspired me, lady. Hope you have a fab day

  8. Hayley says:

    Happy birthday! Hope you have had a lovely day and get a huge birthday festival. You certainly were a little cutie

  9. DeborahGun says:

    Happy happy Birthday! 40 is great 🙂

  10. Paula says:

    Happy Birthday to you. 40 is wonderful – and so too are the years that follow. Enjoy every moment!

  11. BillieBee says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  12. Forty never looked this good! Sorry I am a few days late, but I hope you’re settling into it nicely with flair and wisdom!

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