What’s So Special About Your 32nd Birthday?

Today is my daughter’s 32nd birthday and she made the comment to me, “We don’t have to do anything for my birthday, Mom. There’s nothing special about 32.”

WRONG. 32 is special.

You don’t remember when you were 7 months old and almost died from spinal meningitis, but I do. I still remember kneeling beside your hospital crib and praying (begging) God to let me keep you. He answered those prayers and I’ve been thanking Him every day since and adding a double thank you on your birthday.

rachel as a baby


Every year (every day) you have been here on this earth is special. You and your brothers are my life’s greatest accomplishment. You are my way of changing the world and making it a better place. Because of you I have a wonderful son-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren. Because of you I came to know and love your husband’s family and consider them good friends. Because of you your work place and your neighborhood are made brighter and cheerier.

You don’t even realize the influence you have on those around you, and that is one of the things I love most about you.

You went from being my baby, to my little girl, to an independent teenager, to my best friend and you have filled the last 32 years with hundreds, if not thousands, of memorable moments.

So don’t every think 32 isn’t special. Every single day we live is special and so are you. Cake and ice cream will be served this weekend along with our families ear-tingling rendition of Happy Birthday (bring ear plugs).

Happy 32 daughter! You are so special and so loved!

rachel daughter

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  1. Birthdays are special. And you are a wonderful mother.

  2. agrandjourney 24 May, 2016

    That was well said. She sounds like a treasure.

  3. Happy Birthday to your daughter she is a bit like me don’t like a fuss

    I enjoyed your photos too 🙂

  4. gaynycdad 24 May, 2016

    Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy birthday to your daughter. I had a very similar looking frock as a baby.

  6. Create With Joy 24 May, 2016

    What a beautiful photo and you’re right – 32 is special – EVERY day and every year we’re alive is special!

  7. What a lovely birthday tribute to your daughter! Congrats!

  8. LydiaCLee 24 May, 2016

    That’s a lovely post! Yes, we do need to celebrate more!

  9. She’s quite lucky to have a mom like you.

  10. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    That’s so sweet, but I think I’m lucky to have her!

  11. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    Thank you so much!

  12. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!

  13. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    I agree with you!

  14. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    Thanks Steve. Have a great week!

  15. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    She is!

  16. NanaHood 24 May, 2016

    Aww, thank you Rhonda!

  17. aquariann 24 May, 2016

    Very sweet post. I have a lot of friends that don’t want to do anything special for their birthdays any more, and then there’s me that’s like – I’m going to celebrate the entire month! Why not? ;D

  18. What a beautiful tribute and encouragement to your daughter, Teresa! You are so right about each year, no matter the age, is special and to be celebrated. Love the photos you shared as well. 🙂

  19. pioneerpat1 25 May, 2016

    Happy Blessed Birthday to her. Each birthday is special and so is every day.

  20. What a wonderful post. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter!

  21. Tom and Debi Walter 25 May, 2016

    Hi Teresa,
    This is my first time here and the title of your blog drew me in. I, too, am a Nana to 8 little people whom I adore. They live faraway though, thus the title of my blog–a name I resisted until God dealt with my heart. I also found it interesting that I have a 32 year old daughter and a 30 year old daughter who turned 30 on May 23rd! The same birthday as your 32 year old best friend. 🙂 What a great post about making every year count. I’m happy to meet you! http://thefarawaynana.blogspot.com

  22. That is beautiful! Every birthday should be special. I hope your daughter had a good one. Thanks for linkng up for Wordless Wednesday. Have a terrific day!

  23. Merlinda Little 25 May, 2016

    OMG this made me cry and miss my mother. I was 40 last September but I am not with my mother so it feels so sad and empty instead celebratory. I miss my mother more if thats even possible after reading your post *sniff*

  24. teresak 25 May, 2016

    Hi Merlinda, I’m glad you liked the post but sorry I made you cry. Big hugs! Teresa

  25. teresak 25 May, 2016

    Thanks so much and I agree!

  26. NanaHood 25 May, 2016

    So nice to meet you and looking forward to getting to know you! Sounds like we have some things in common. Blessings to you! Teresa

  27. NanaHood 25 May, 2016

    Thanks, Beth and thank you for stopping by!

  28. NanaHood 25 May, 2016

    I agree! Celebrate on!

  29. NanaHood 25 May, 2016

    Now that’s a word you don’t hear often…frock. Love it!

  30. Pam Ecrement 26 May, 2016

    I so agree with this post, Teresa! Our son will be 50 in August and our daughter will be 47 in July. Birthdays of our children are always to be celebrated!

  31. teresak 30 May, 2016

    Thanks so much Pam! I really appreciate your comment and blessings to you and your family!

  32. So true that every birthday is special. I hope your daughter had a great birthday!

  33. teresak 1 Jun, 2016

    Thank you Stephanie!I appreciate you stopping by!