Betsy Speicher

Happy Birthday to TexasTeacherMom

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Happy birthday TTM. We haven't heard from you in a while. It would be interesting to hear, if it's not too personal, how you have been doing in overcoming some hurdles you had encountered and wrote about here.

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Happy Birthday . . . Mom!

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Thanks everyone. I have had a lovely day. DH brought my sons and lunch up to work for lunch where my coworkers had a cake. I got a bicycle from my mother, a dressmaker's form from my husband and some gift cards to craft supply stores from my sister and stepmom. It's the first year in a very long while that I knew exactly what to tell people when they asked me what I wanted. I used to have literally NO idea what I wanted, and would say, "Oh, I don't need anything, don't get me anything." This year, I remembered the feeling of joy I have myself when I give someone I love what they want, and so I decided not to deprive others who love me of that joy.

I am making great strides. I have learned that I need to determine a purpose in life for myself, since for so long I let others tell me what that purpose is. My task, as I see it now, is to enjoy every moment possible in every way possible. DH and I have been through some ups and downs as I've been on this path, but I think he is gaining acceptance. We have been to the brink, and then I suppose that reality was "on the winning side" as Ms. Rand would say. He has realized that he loves me, not my religious faith. The thing is, I feel that no matter what I might have lost by living truthfully, it would have been worth it for what I have gained.

I thank you all for remembering me on my birthday. When I first joined this forum, you were like a beacon light giving me faith in what I now know was simply myself. Your patience and thoughtful advice has been like gardening to the seeds of truth within me. It's amazing how a few true words typed between would be strangers can have such an impact on someone's entire life.

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TTM, congratulations on all your accomplishments and I look forward to hearing more wonderful things as the years go by.

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You've come a long way and I'm so happy for you! Especially considering all the joys you have to look forward to as you continue discovering and pursuing the things you want.

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Happy birthday, from the "wrong" timezone. :) Sounds like you had a good day. Kudos on your courage to act on what you know to be true.

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