It’s a clever band name and the number of years I am celebrating on this earth today, my 38th birthday!

“Special K” is also a nickname that an old friend gave me 20 years ago.

In many ways I am exactly where I imagined and hoped I would be at this age and stage of my life, which feels very special.

I am happily married for 13 + years to my college sweetheart and my best friend.

We live in our “forever home.”

We have two amazing living children and another watching over us from Heaven.

Last month we got a new and awesome car after milking the life out of one that was 14 years old (Bob bought it the month after we got engaged in March 1999), which we traded in, and holding onto our minivan which is about the same age as our nine-year old son.

But life isn’t always easy.

I get overwhelmed and struggle to get through some days.

I know that I am not alone in feeling this way and appreciate having this outlet, among others, to share my thoughts and feelings (in good times and bad).

I am grateful for everyone who helps me to find peace and joy during difficult and uncertain times in my life, as well as those who celebrate with me when life is wonderful (which is more often than not).

A few months ago I was listening to NPR and heard an interview with The Tenors (formerly known as the Canadian Tenors). They played a song from their new album and I was moved at first listen. I tried to find and download it later that day and it appeared not to have been released yet. I finally remembered to look for it again recently and this time was able to find and purchase it.

The song is called World Stand Still and speaks to the ways that loved ones can help us to slow down in the midst of our often over-programmed and hectic lives. The first time I heard it I couldn’t help but think of my husband Bob, who has helped to make my world stand still ever since I met him in September 1996.

The more I listen to World Stand Still, the more I realize that Bob isn’t the only person in my life who helps to make my world stand still. My children Sean and Abby (with Molly and Babies Benson in our hearts) do that for me, as well as my parents, other beloved family members and dear friends.

On this, my 38th birthday, I thank YOU for the ways YOU help to make my world stand still and leave you with the lyrics to and a video of the Tenors singing this beautiful song.

World Stand Still 

Life has a temple we never have time for
Feels like we’re all missing out
No time for the beauty that always surrounds me
Walking with my head hanging down

I wouldn’t have believed it
Cause I never used to see it
You give this life meaning around me
When you make the world stand still
You make the world stand still
I keep spinning around until you slow me down
You make me real, when you make the world stand still

Just like the wind blows and turning in circles
When will my feet touch the ground
Lost in a race, where no one’s a winner
To finally turn me around

I wouldn’t have believed it
Cause I never used to see it
You give this life meaning around me
When you make the world stand still
You make the world stand still
I keep spinning around until you slow me down
You make me real, when you make the world stand still

I’m running, my eyes closed, I’m running
I try to keep up with all those around me
I find that I’m rushing, I can’t see
All of the beautiful things until you make the world stand still
You make me see and feel
I keep spinning around until you slow me down
You make me real
When you make the world stand still

I’m running, my eyes closed, I’m running
I try to keep up with all those around me
I find that I’m rushing, I can’t see
All of the beautiful things until you make the world stand still

With you the world stands still

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Jjiraffe March 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

Oooh, I love the lyrics to this song. With all of the non-stop commotion of texting and phones and FB and Twitter, etc, etc, etc, this seems very timely.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

Me too and I agree, very timely! Thank you J! xoxo
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Jules March 6, 2013 at 2:10 am

Happy Birthday! Hope you’ve had a great day.
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thank you Jules! :)
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Hilary March 6, 2013 at 5:32 am

Happy birthday…. Those lyrics are great. I love them too…. But not as much as I love the picture of you guys…
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thank you so much Hilary! :)
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lostintranslation March 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

Happy birthday Kathy!! Wishing you a wonderful day and a great new year with your loved ones around you. Xxx from France.
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thank you so much! xoxo
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April March 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

Happy Birthday Kathy!!!! Enjoy your day! *big birthday hugs*
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thank you April! :)
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Lori Lavender Luz March 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

Dear Special K — I wish you a fantastic day full of love and specialness.

Followed by another year of the same!
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thank you Lori! xoxo
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It Is What It Is March 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

Happy 38th birthday, Kathy. You deserve every ounce of happiness that’s come or will be coming your way!

What kind of car did you get, do tell!
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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

Aww! Thank you! xoxo

We got a 2013 Chevy Traverse!
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Esperanza March 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

Happy happy birthday to you!

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Kathy March 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Thank you, thank you! :)
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Justine March 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I wish you a moment in the dark, with a single, beautiful candle, where the world stands still before you blow it out. Enjoy that moment of taking a breath, closing your eyes, and feeling the love of all of those who surround you, in person and from far away. :)
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Kathy March 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thank you so much Justine! What a beautiful comment and I will tell you that I thought of you and what you wrote here, making a point to enjoy the moment when my husband and children sang happy birthday to me and the moment following, as you described, before blowing out the candle on my birthday doughnut last night. I could feel the love and it was very special. xoxo
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Kristin March 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

What a truly beautiful song. It’s appropriate that I learned abut it from such a beautiful friend. Happy Birthday, beautiful lady!

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Kathy March 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

Thank you so much Kristin! xoxo
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