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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Last week I turned forty-nine. My birthday was wonderful. I homeschooled, napped, went to dinner with my people, and ate Dairy Queen cake.  When I think about this being my last year before I turn half a century old, I actually feel a sense of peace. And thankfulness. Because forty-nine is awesome. Forty-nine is...

~knowing who I am and what I like, while not really giving a damn what other people think about it.

~using the word "damn" on my blog without worrying about someone being offended.

~accepting my middle age body, curves and all.

~ letting small things go...because...who cares if all my silverware matches anyway?

~watching my children embrace adulthood with confidence and joy.

~living each day in the moment, not wanting to rush life along.


~enjoying perfect nights with the ones I love.

Nights like this...

Shout out to my awesome sister-in-law Beth for this beyond beautiful bouquet.
Which of course, made me feel like Miss America.

Wherever you are in this awesome journey called life, my friends, just be there.
Let the past sleep and let the future dream.
Today, just be.


  1. Happy birthday! I hope you have a fantastic year ahead.

  2. Happy birthday B.J. I'm not that far behind you in years and I know what you mean. There's a subtle confidence that comes with the growing numbers and it's really kind of nice. Blessings to you and your family.
    xx Beca

  3. Glad you had a happy birthday, especially being with all your 'loves'.

  4. Happy belated Birthday and wishes for many more happy birthdays, Billie Jo.
    I will be 52 in March, where have the years gone by?
    I hope you have a lovely week, my friend.

  5. I'm right behind you on turning 49 and I loved this post so much. A very happy belated birthday to you!

  6. You are beautiful! Happy Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy Birthday, sweet Billie Jo! Love this post. I'm the old gal around here, but you always make me feel welcome. Enjoy everyday, my friend! ♥

  8. Happy happy birthday my sweet friend! I don't think you could have had a better celebration. 49 and feeling fine! The best is yet to come! Love you!!! xo

  9. A very Happy Birthday to you. X

  10. Well hot damn you go girl! Happy birthday.

  11. I'm still working hard to appreciate the extra fluff and curves but I'm trying! Happy 49th Birthday to you! And may the next 49 be just as wonderful!

  12. Happy Birthday- You are just beautiful---inside and out!!! I loved being in my 50s and I bet you will, too. You have a whole year to decide whether you will or not....lol

    Have a blessed day! xo Diana (whew-so relieved you didn't say HOT damn)....

  13. A belated but very Happy Birthday wish is sent to you. I too find that growing older makes me more comfortable with who I am. I'm sure you'll find this to be the case more and more as you experience more birthdays. Have a lovely week ahead and a lovely new year to celebrate.

  14. Happy Birthday beautiful friend!

  15. Happy birthday!!! No way you're 49! :-) You look amazing and very happy! Have a wonderful week.


  16. Happy birthday!! A beautiful post and a beautiful lady!! This made me smile!!

  17. Hi!

    Happy birthday Billie Jo! What a fun way to spend your special day...family, friends and fun.. a perfect day for sure!

    Hugs and Love,

  18. You beautiful Soul you!!
    Happiest of birthdays to you!!!

  19. Happy Birthday, what a wonderful celebration.

  20. Happy #49 girlie! I know what you mean about being happy in the place where you are. I am 64 and love my life! Enjoy your day "Miss America"! HUGS!

  21. Happy Belated Birthday! You're looking good and have a great outlook.

  22. Happy birthday Billie JO! I'd forgotten how close our birthdays were! Mine was the 9th and I am also 49. I have to admit, I don't like odd numbers!! I liked 48. I feel like I'm only 35 though, I feel like I'm saying the wrong number when I say I'm 49. Anyway, you are beautiful, glad you had a wonderful day!

  23. Happy Belated Birthday sweet friend. And, I could not agree with your statements more. I turned 50 in July and it was such a relief to be honest. The past couple years have taught me a lot!! So many things I would have told my younger self.

  24. Happy (belated) birthday!! I know it was a wonderful one based on these photos :) Before I read the caption of the last one (you with the flowers), I was like, she totally has that royalty wave going on. May you have a year filled with abundant blessings!


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