Owning It


It’s my birthday today. Since I’m having a hard time with the number I have achieved, I’m announcing it in an attempt to own it like it’s something fabulous. Here I am, in a photo taken a few days ago. And even with no makeup.
This is me. I’m 50.


  1. MMHoney says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with you always….have a good one….

  2. pensiero says:

    ♥Happy Birthday, Suzanne!♥ 50 is the new 30!

  3. candyryan says:

    The very happiest of Birthday wishes. You look marvelous and your life touches many with love, laughter and harmony. Thank you for sharing of your wonderful farm, family and life in rural America.

  4. ChefChristineM says:

    You are stellar 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  5. Lierin says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope your day is filled with people and things you love :ladybug:

  6. laurie hamar says:

    I’ll be 50 in a few months too so I feel your pain!! Happy Birthday. Here’s to 50 more!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Charlene says:

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! You look fabulous and you do not look 50 years old!

  8. Dumbcatluvr says:

    That’s the best picture you’ve ever posted of yourself. Happy Birthday!

  9. brookdale says:

    Happy happy birthday!!!!! Celebrate!

  10. 4jsMOM says:

    Suzanne, I really like the picture. Don’t tell anyone your age. They would definitely think you were much younger. Enjoy the present, no matter how many birthdays you have celebrated. Hope your day is filled with people and things you love. :wave:

  11. Granma2girls says:

    Lovely photo! Hope you feel especially blessed today as you celebrate another birthday . May you enjoy good health,a wealth of friendships and happiness for many years to come.

  12. marrypoppinz says:

    Happy Birthday, it’s just a number….went thru the same thing 10 years ago. I’m happy and healthy, may have a few aches and pains but still ‘kicking’.

  13. Ann W says:

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! I think you look like Jennifer Aniston in that photo. 50 was a tough one, not really looking forward to 56 next month. Maybe today you can congratulate yourself on what you’ve done the past few years – you’ve worked hard at your dream and put yourself in a good position for future growth and opportunities. I picture you in an open door with sunshine streaming in – that’s where are you today.

  14. fowlers says:

    Awe, Happy Birthday…..I sure hope I look as good as you do when I hit the 50….You look great!…hope your day is filled with nothing by joy for you. :hug:


  15. nfrantz says:

    Wishing you a very happy birthday from a 58 year old. It really is not the end of the world, but I must say it does bring a new perspective to life! As I stare 59 squarely in the face, I realize how much I took the energy and agility of my youth for granted! Have a glorious day and enjoy every moment of it.

  16. cabynfevr says:

    Fabulous 50! Happy Birthday :snoopy:

  17. Louise says:

    You look great! Have a wonderful birthday and thank you for letting us share in your life. You are one amazing lady. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Thanks to your influence I make soap, can, and have 4 chickens in a coop in my backyard. :snoopy:

  18. alosyu says:

    Happy Birthday.
    Having passed 50 years and years ago I realize the number has nothing to do with how old you feel, and I do not feel any older now than I did then. So, celebrate it, embrace it.

  19. DeniseS says:

    Beautiful photo. Celebrate your day and all your 50 years on this planet have blessed you with. May you be filled with peace and joy.

  20. ConnieM says:


    50 is a piece of cake. You look great. I passed 50 several years ago, and am stronger than I have ever been thanks to goats, chickens, and gardening. It will keep you young! Happy Birthday.

  21. bbkrehmeyer says:

    50 is awesome and you are beautiful,both inside and outside… Embrace it and run with it…..

  22. Pat says:

    Happy birthday, Suzanne! You look about 28 in that picture, which is beautiful. Best wishes for wonderful day and year to come.
    Pat in Eastern NC
    p.s. I’ve read both the books and loved ’em! Looking forward to the next Maia novella.

  23. maryellen51 says:

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne !!! Fifty and fabulous, that’s coming from a person who is coming up on 63,so I’ve been there and done it. Celebrate yourself. Life is what you make it.

  24. connilu says:

    The sun is shining on you….be happy….embrace your age. I have 31 years on you and still having fun….although not as cute as you……even WITH makeup. Happy Birthday :sun: and many more!

  25. joeyfulnoise says:

    Happy birthday – you look fabulous! May it be a blessed year for you!

  26. AnnieB says:

    Happy Birthday!!! 50 is a great age – still beautiful, yet growing in wisdom. Enjoy the best of both worlds!

  27. Njoylife says:

    Lookin’ good Suzanne. Happy Biethday! Love your blond locks. Fifty is empowerment! You can do anything you like! Enjoy!

  28. PattiLynn says:

    Happy Birthday Suzanne! Enjoy! – Squeeze every ounce of happiness out of every single min of every day. 50’s great, it sure beats the alternative!

  29. steakandeggs says:

    Happy Birthday Suzanne..You certainly don’t look 50, and you know what they say. You only as old as you feel. So go out and have a birthday bash. :shimmy: It your day Enjoy!!!

  30. wormlady says:

    Happy Birthday & many happy returns of the day! We want you to get really really old, because we enjoy your wit and that backbone you grew and want to continue to do so for many years to come.
    We don’t have to look at pictures of you very often, so even if you get ugly and wrinkled and all that, your followers wil be fine with it. lol
    Just don’t let your driver’s license expire for more than 6 months, or it’s a real pain to get back.
    Turning 55 in 12 days.

  31. nanaK says:

    :happyflower: :snoopy:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! Beautiful picture, alluring and captivating – 50 becomes you …. besides 30+ is the new 50 these days 🙂

  32. Naturegirl46 says:

    50 and rockin’ it. You go, girl! Happy Birthday to YOU.

  33. PinkyMac says:

    It’s you and you are gorgeous. Happy Birthday! :snoopy:

  34. Marigene says:

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne…and many more!

  35. OregonJoy says:

    you’re a lovely 50 year old. My 50’s were a great decade……..getting real close to 70 now, and still can outwork, outsmart, and enjoy life more than most of my loved ones…..

  36. annabel52 says:

    50 is only half way…you have at least 50 more to go. Enjoy life and your birthday with your loved ones.
    And you are just a spring chicken….in the road!!

  37. Minna says:

    Happy Birthday! :snoopy:

  38. beforethedawn says:

    Happy birthday! You look amazing for 50! I never would have guessed!

  39. boulderneigh says:

    I agree with dumbcatluvr – best photo ever! (I’ve seen your legs, too; you’re fabulous for ANY age!)

  40. Glenda says:

    Happy Birthday! Forget the number and just celebrate the day. You look wonderful. Love your hair.

  41. Snapper119 says:

    God love ya! You look amazing…you are amazing! Happy Happy Happy Birthday

  42. jnet says:

    Happy Birthday!
    You look great!
    I really enjoy your site, keep up the good work!

  43. CassieOz says:

    50 is LIBERATING. I am so over the cult of youth. Celebrate!

  44. slpuckett52 says:

    Oh honey..you look beautiful and age is just a number! Only the good live to see these great numbers!!! Wishing you a Happy Birthday and many, many more!!!!! :sheepjump:

  45. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    Oh, honey, 50 isn’t fatal!!! Own it and flaunt it. Could you share some of those curls with me, please?????? Fabulous picture, by the way.

  46. Journey11 says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope it was wonderful. :sheep:

  47. Claudia W says:

    Happy happy birthday! Sweetheart…I’m 61 and the last eleven years have been my most fun! I pulled the filter off my mouth, no one questions what I say or why, it just is what it is. I make decisions without the questions, and I am having fun, fun, fun. Live it up to the fullest, you have earned it all!

  48. prairiedaisy says:

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! Keep up the good work! 😀

  49. holstein woman says:

    50 isn’t so hard, every day is just another day. Tomorrow will be 50 +1 day.
    Everyone owns them differently, I let them go and you?????

  50. MousE says:

    You look mahvelous, simply mahvelous, and certainly not your age! Happy birthday and many more.


  51. Leah says:

    I remembered your BD was coming up April. Enjoy the day. I like your hair a lot. 🙂

  52. Joell says:

    Have a wonderful day, I am 50 plus twenty something and can out do most gals half my age, I never think of my age, I am younger today than I will be tomorrow–live life to its fullest, do your thing and dont worry about what anyone says. I do and I an very very happy.

  53. amyg says:

    :sun2: HAPPY HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY SUZANNE!!!! :sun:
    :happyflower: My gosh woman, you’re beautiful! Wishing you the most joyful year yet. May it be filled with love, laughter, fun, great health, prosperity, great friends and your very special animals. Here’s to another 50! xoxo :moo:

  54. myaizar says:

    Looking fabulous at 50…we could all only dream to look as beautiful adn youthful as you do. Besides age is just really a number! Happy belated birthday!! :sheep:

  55. Starfish says:

    I just finished your book and was sad until I found your site. You remind me of me (except the farm in the boonies part). You are a courageous and beautiful woman Suzanne. You are an optimist and that’s what keeps you looking so young! Don’t worry about the number since there is nothing you can do about it, just continue your beautiful living, that’s what shows. One day soon I hope to make one of your retreats! I love your bouncing sheep video!!

  56. PinkyMac says:

    I am coming waaayyy late to this party 🙂 I just want to say you look fabulous and remind you to appreciate every year. Many don’t have that privilege. :snoopy:

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