So This is 40

filed under: I Am Mommy on February 1, 2017

I did not know what to expect from 40. I have seen the skits, the cards, the mid-life-crisis movies, the seemingly surprising mental breakdowns of reasonable people who once they hit 40 are wondering the world aimless and dejected.

It would be socially acceptable to have a black cake with 40 black candles burning bright.

It would be perfectly fine for me to tweet, “Headed to the closet with a bottle of wine and bonbons”.

It would seem reasonable for me to be bummed. Weary.

However, I can’t help but feel like I would be doing myself a great big disservice if I started down that road.

i am baker, amanda rettke, faith, Jesus

In this day and age, where nothing can be taken for granted, I want to celebrate fully the gift of another year of life.


I am THANKFUL to be here.

GRATEFUL to be alive.

BLESSED to be breathing and HONORED to have people who love me.

My family is here, next to me. My loved ones are safe.

I have absolutely everything in this world to celebrate.

Dear 40,

I feel lucky to meet you. I am excited to get to know you better.

This is not what I thought my life would look like when I met you… it is better.

Thanks for being patient and for knowing that no matter what anyone else says, you are a wonderful accomplishment.

And the moment we become comfortable with each other and I can’t imagine leaving you, I hope I am lucky enough to move on to 41.

Thanks for everything-



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  • Londa says:

    Happy birthday, Amanda! I think this is my favorite post from you and exactly what I needed to read being one week out from 40! You are always such a ray of sunshine! Hope you have an extra special day full of the most perfect cake!

    • Amanda says:

      Love to you!!!!

  • Linda says:

    Happy birthday, Amanda! Hope your day is as sweet as you are. I heard 40 is the new 20 so stay young and wonderful! 🙂 Hugs!

    • Amanda says:

      lol Thanks Linda!!

  • Mary says:

    This makes my heart so happy. I’m wishing you the very happiest of birthdays, my friend. May 40 be the BEST year yet.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you sweet friend!

  • Julianne says:

    What a wonderful post and happiest of birthdays to you!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety!!! MISS YOU!!!

  • Sue {Munchkin Munchies} says:

    Happy 40th Birthday, Amanda, and many more! I celebrated when I turned 60 because my mom and oldest sister didn’t make it to that milestone. So happy to be here with my beautiful, growing family!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Sue!

  • Melissa Griffiths says:

    Happy happy birthday to one of my favorite mama’s of many littles. You do it beautiful and are a breath of fresh air to me daily. Thank you for being born and being great. I sure like you.

    • Amanda says:

      I sure like you too. 🙂

  • Amber says:

    I LOVE your take on celebrating 40, and that alone will keep you young and happy! Happy birthday to a fabulous gal!! ????

    • Amanda says:

      You blessed a few times now with your kindness… thanks for making my birthday better!!!

  • Susan says:

    A very happy birthday. 40 is no age to worry about. Its experience, patience, love and understaning and person you are. Well done you☺☺xx

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks!~ <3

  • Kristen Hills says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have a greasy one!

    • Amanda says:


  • Christina says:

    Happy Birthday! I think you have the right outlook regarding Turing 40.

    • Amanda says:

      Well, thanks! <3

  • Shiva names says:

    Happy Birthday!!!❤️????????????

  • Carrie | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen says:

    Happy 40th Birthday Amanda! I just turned 49 yesterday myself, now on that road to the big 5-0 and I couldn’t be happier. I loved my 40’s and will be sorry to see them go. It was the decade I finally let go of all of the negativity from my life and chose to only let in “the good. I am much happier, calmer and let things roll off of my shoulders easier than I did in my 30’s and also realized that no matter how bad something may seem at the time, I am beyond blessed to be living, learning and constantly evolving in this life. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

  • LML says:

    Happy Birthday! The next 10 years will go by even more quickly than the last 10. Don’t forget to take time here and there to have fun.

  • Amber says:

    Love looking and reading your recipes could sit here hours reading and dreaming of all that I would love to make. Thank you

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