Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I've a got a Secret!

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Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I've a got a Secret! 

 

 

 On March 5th, 1967, my parents were blessed with an angel.  Yeah, Me!!!

  

I will be 40~!  40 sounds so promising to me!  When I turned 30. I cried like a baby.  To those of you who know me, yall know I'm a cry baby. 

  I'm super emotional, have always been and will always be!

I'm really happy to be reaching this milestone.  As some of you may know, I was almost killed in a car wreck, in fact my daughter was killed.  It is my prayer that no-one will ever know that type of pain. 

I thank God that I lived, had I not, I would have spent eternity in Hell. 

I just wanted my extended family to know that I'm excited about this birthday.  I'm excited because, I'm pursuing what God created me to do!   To me, staging is not just about expressing my creativity, it is about helping others. 

I believe that it is why I'm sensitive, so I can peak into the hearts of my clients and understand their needs, desires and dreams! 

40 to me is about being Fabulous, Fit & Feisty!   I am approaching this with all the gusto I can muster!!!

As I look at the little girl in this photo, I wonder what  was she thinking?  Could she even imagine what my life would entail?  The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!

Would she be proud of the lady we have become? and why wasn't she smiling?  I'm a smiler and when there's a camera present- I'm grinning.  My mom says I was really mad that day! Looks like to me, I was thinking about something!

My teens...we're JUIMPY!

My 20's....were BUMPY!!

My 30's...were ROCKY!!

As, I ride this bicycle of life, 40's are supposed to be all downhill, so I look up and say.....Look Ma, No HANDS!!!

  

 

It hasn't been smooth sailing but hey I'm enjoying this ride!

Sing it with me.........Happy Birthday to me!  Happy birthday to ME! 

 

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Rainmaker
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Lola Audu
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate
Happy, Happy, Happy, Birthday to You!  Fourty, Fit & Fabulous...That's the way it should be.  I join with you in extending my Congratulations and Blessing for an Awe-Inspiring Year!
March 03, 2007 12:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Gina Dougherty
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com
Fusion Design Consulting

Marci- Happy 40th, you are an inspiration!  Mine is next March (the 14th) and I was feeling a little worried about it until now (ok I'm still a little stressed, but that's just my nature).  This post and all the comments on the virtues of wisdom with age are encouraging.  Have you heard the commercial that says 40 is the new 20?  Except 40 is better because now we are smarter and much more content.  Happy Birthday!!!

It brings me to tears hearing about losing a child, it is any parent's worse worry.  Words just aren't enough, but I pray for you and all who have felt that terrible pain.  God Bless.

March 03, 2007 01:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

What can I say... Happy Birthday!  I was hoping it was today because then I could say you and Active Rainer Stefan Scholl were  turning 40 on the same day but I think Stefan's birthday is today, so he is an older man.   Not an old man... or I am a much older woman.

I saw Diane's post about your birthday!

Happy Birthday Monday

March 03, 2007 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
130,855
Tina Parker
CNE, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax, NS
Century21 Trident Realty

I turned 40 last year and found it liberating - I hope you enjoy 40 as much as I am. 

March 03, 2007 06:01 PM
Rainer
108,963
Marci Toliver
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
438-4642

Atrine, that is how I feel- like Im finally an adult!

Denise, you know you are my girl!  Thank you!

Roberta, I hate that we have such a wonderful thing in common.  Those trials have strenthened our faith and I love that we have that in common!

Thank you Lola & Maureen

Gina-- I love the commercial! Happy early birthday to you and like I say-- enjoy the ride and get ready to LIVE it to the fullest!

Tina, I plan on doing just that!  enjoying to the fullest!

March 03, 2007 06:56 PM
Rainer
108,963
Marci Toliver
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
438-4642

Diane, thanks for your post!  It was absolutely amazing! I feel so much love here and I just really want to thank everyone once again! 

Then again, thank you -- just doesnt seem like enough!   I really love each and everyone one of YALL! 

March 03, 2007 06:58 PM
Rainer
227,568
Diane Rice
SFR, SRES, CNC
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL

.......and we just LOVE you too!  LAWD!!!  have Marci!!!!!

March 03, 2007 10:35 PM
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Marci, I know there is no thanks necessary on my part. At least one of us have been there where you are already  as for me I cannot fathom what you have been though, but you can just think of us as your support group if you need a shoulder you can always borrow mine. 
March 03, 2007 10:55 PM
Rainer
13,511
Karen Reynolds
Champagne Staging. LLC

Marci - did you survive the big 4-0?  What did you get?  (I am asking for a gift certificate to the mall for my next bday so I can blow it on staging stuff with no guilt heehee)

You guys are really the best, I cant say it enough.  One day we all have to meet somewhere in the middle of the USA, like Kansas and have an Active Rain 1st Annual Reunion - well, and watch the corn grow or whatever goes on there!  I lost my son Matthew at almost 5 months in 2001 -- it is a terrible thing to lose a child.  True, sincere friends make things better for everyone in this life, whether they are virtual friends or ones you can physically hug & share mocha with.  I get such a warm fuzzy logging on and reading how everyone is doing, and sharing stuff with people who actually UNDERSTAND (as those tho think this job is so easy - shop for a living) and can help each other!!!  ROCK ON! 

March 04, 2007 07:02 AM
Rainer
108,963
Marci Toliver
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
438-4642

Karen, I haven't gotten anything just yet--- the big day is tomorrow.  Brandon (my son) is supposed to detail my car.  He is going to clean it inside and out!  I don't know what other stagers cars look like- But mine is a mess!  It has candles- ribbons and all kinds of staging stuff in the inside!  So that will be the greatest present.  Brandon is a neat FREAK so it will look as if I had it professionally done!  He only does it for my special occasions.

In the morning--Tanya (my biz partner) and I  are going to talk with a client about staging 2 vacant lakeside properties (Wooo HOOO)!

In the afternoon, my best friend since 4th grade is taking me to a spa - relax- massage- and then end the day with my son and I going out to dinner!   Thats the plan!

March 04, 2007 12:41 PM
Rainmaker
299,310
Karen Otto
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Home Star Staging

40, Friends, FranceHappy Birthday Marci! 

This photo was of myself and 2 very dear friends in Nice, France, we all turned 40 last year, made the commitment to take a trip together (both friends live in Europe so I went there first time ever) and I changed careers! Spent 15 wonderful days with girlfriends in London, Italy and Paris - a trip of a lifetime and a start of new beginnings and adventures.  Embrace your 40's the best is yet to be! All the best in the fun years to come!  Karen

March 04, 2007 01:00 PM
Rainer
108,963
Marci Toliver
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
438-4642
Karen!  WOW!  I want to be like you when I grow up! I would love to go to Europe! 
March 04, 2007 02:33 PM
Rainer
227,568
Diane Rice
SFR, SRES, CNC
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL
Marci, may i borrow Brandon for my car too?
March 04, 2007 05:16 PM
Rainer
108,963
Marci Toliver
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
438-4642
Diane, yes you may!  i will send him to you!! lol
March 04, 2007 08:29 PM
Rainer
227,568
Diane Rice
SFR, SRES, CNC
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL

FOR THOSE UNAWARE....THERE ARE 2 OTHER CELEBRATORY BLOGS IN HONOR OF MARCI'S 40:

DIANE RICE'S BLOG FOR MARCI: "THE SECRET IS OUT - MARCI STARS ON STAGE!"

VAL ALLOCCO'S BLOG FOR MARCI:  "Everyone's favorite stager hits milestone"

 

Please everyone - go to these (if you have not already) - and leave a BIRTHDAY BLESSING!!!! 

March 05, 2007 11:22 AM
Rainer
141,208
Tanya V Fresh Eye Designs LLC
Where Staged Equals Sold
Fresh Eye Designs LLC

Well, I know I am logging in late. But I did get to tell Marci Happy Birthday in person this morning.  Marci you are very special and as I have told you before I am glad to have you as a partner.

 

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

March 05, 2007 06:20 PM
Rainmaker
299,310
Karen Otto
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Home Star Staging
Marci - when EXACTLY IS your birthday? Cause if it's today, March 5th, you celebrate it with my little sis, Tina 39 today and my niece 14 in Florida!  Pisces girls - water makes a path of it's own when there is none before it...it can carve out mountains and move continents.. a strong force! God bless you! Oh yeah, you can call me anytime too...
March 05, 2007 07:09 PM
Rainer
108,963
Marci Toliver
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
438-4642

Yall just know how to make me cry!!!!  This has been such a wonderful day! 

Karen it is today!!!!!!! March the 5th!  Tell your niece and Tina--Happy Happy Happy Birthday!  I like the thing about water.  Just hadnt thought of it like that!

Tanya, Im glad that we are partners also.  Some of yallmay know this but I tend to excite easily, my partner doesnt.  Thanks Tanya for keeping me grounded! 

 

March 05, 2007 07:49 PM
Rainmaker
133,756
Sheron Cardin
how2homestage.com
California Moods Inc

Hey Marci - I came back to read all the comments and darn I am wishing I was turning 40 again...it was the funnest party I ever had...black balloons and all. Did you get your hamburger cake? Let me see if I can find you another one...

Here is a good one...olala!

pink cake

I think the pineapple really takes the cake! Happy Birthday sweetie!!!

March 05, 2007 08:51 PM
Rainmaker
199,655
William Collins
Director of Property Management
ERA Queen City Realty

Marci,

Thanks for the post. Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday!

March 05, 2007 11:04 PM
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