Another Trip Around the Sun


“Hold fast to what is good.”

Romans 12:9


Today is September 8th and my birthday.  I’m so grateful for this past year’s journey around the sun. Not because it was perfect and wonderful, but because it was filled with difficult lessons—lessons which really forced me to see, reflect, accept, and grow.  And… It. Was. Hard. This may come as a surprise to most, especially since I haven’t openly shared my challenges with many people.

On days when I was drowning in sorrow and grief, I looked for a silver lining or something positive on which to focus.  And, everyday, I held fast to what was good.  Much joy and comfort came from painting, visiting with friends, helping others, and spending time on the farm with my beloved pets; however, there were days when all I wanted to do was sit on the sofa and cuddle with sweet Bizou, Dash, and Clemmie….and that’s what I did.

But, there’s a time for reflection, and then there’s forward movement.  With every step, good things appeared to me:  new friendships, learning and travel experiences, supportive friends, an opportunity to serve on the board of a local organization that helps people in my community with speech, language, and hearing issues. And, there were also exciting achievements; such as, my blog being featured on WordPress Discover, completing new paintings, and passing the WSET Level II sommelier exam.

Although I was fortunate to have these positive experiences during the past year, I realize that the main blessings in my life are always my loving and steadfast husband, Scott as well as Green Hill Farm and our animals.  This is the good that sustains me.


Here’s the thing:  Sometimes, you just have to take off those rose-colored glasses and SEE life’s true colors. But, don’t be blinded by them, because there are too many GOOD THINGS to behold.





  1. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have an amazing and blessed day! I am happy you shared your trip around the sun. It reminds all of us when we have our stormy days that they will soon pass and we can pop those rose colored glasses back on 🙂 Fantastic pictures!!

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  2. Happy birthday, Tonya! No one’s life can be perfect, but as you mentioned, as painful as it is, it’s through difficult times that we learn and grow. I am thankful to be able to call you friend, a friend that is always encouraging and helpful to me and pointing out all of the positives when things go awry in my life. Wishing you a year ahead filled with many blessings.

    P.S. – I love that song! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for such a thoughtful and lovely comment, Donna. I am thankful for our friendship as well. Much love! 🙂💗

      I love that song, too. I first heard it on Pandora when I was exercising. I’ve been jammin’ out to it the last day or two. 😉


  3. Happy happy birthday🎂🍭🍬🍨🍦🌹💐Wishing you good health, happiness, joy and wealth. Love you black outfit with hat – gorgeous!😎. Big Hello and shout out to Scott. Plse ask him to continue to take good care of you and be that great big rock of support. Garfield hugs to you both🤗🤗💕💕⚘⚘

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  4. So well said! I’m sorry there were misfortunes in your year, but I am so glad you could find those silver linings, and even gladder that you can revel in the growth you’ve experienced. I am always happy to read your uplifting posts. Happiest of birthday wishes to you! ❤

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  5. Great photos! Years ago, on the anniversary of my birth, a close friend said, “What have you learned in the past year?” I never forgot those words and reflect on them once a year. Happy Birthday! Have a Christ-filled day! 🌟✨💫

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  6. Happy 18th Birthday, Tonya!! I never knew how old you were but after the photo you shared I now know. You write very well for a teenager..:)
    I’m sorry about the challenges you faced this year and pray when you celebrate your 19th birthday many of the difficulties you faced this year will be in the past.
    Hope you’re enjoying your birthday weekend😊🍰🎂

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  7. Happy belated birthday, dear Tonya! 🎶
    🎂 or 🍰 or ?
    I hope a little wine and dancing. . .🍾🍷🍷some gifts and time well spent. . .
    Sorry life gave some sadness and misfortune, Tonya. . . tears shed for pets and lives. 🕊
    Happy new year around the sun ☀ to a wonderful woman who has a lovely home, farm and the love of her life! ❤❤

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