As the self-proclaimed “Math Fairy,” I love the playful side of math. In particular, I love patterns! So, every time a new age comes, I try to think of something fun about that number.

A deck of cards has 52 cards.

A year has 52 weeks.

And I now have 52 trips about the sun.

While the joke could be made that I am finally playing with a full deck, I decided that to let all of these 52’s come together in one fantastic year!

I took an old deck of cards—and yes, I specifically chose an old Broncos deck because if I can cram as much of what I love in one thing, then shove away! Back to my point, I took a deck of cards and have written the name of a friend or family member on each card.

My birthday happens to be on a Sunday this year, so every Sunday morning I will deal myself a card. The name on that card is going to be my “friend” or “family member” for the week. What does that mean?

Nothing and everything. We’ll see. Not every plan has to be fully formed for it to be a good plan. Hehehe!!

About halfway through making my “52 friends and family” card game, I began to fear that I would not have enough people. What if I could not name 52 people who have influenced my life?!

True confession, I ran out of cards before I ran out of people. In several cases I put married couples together — which normally, I hate it when a couple are only seen as a unit because they are both individuals. But in this case, it means I get to have more people as my “FOTW” (Friend or Family Or The Week).

As with most years, I still find it beyond weird that I am 52, remembering a time that 52 sounded so old. But here we are and as I made my card game, I am reminded that my life has been one of so much blessing.

So many people. So many experiences. So much more ahead of me.

Thank you for being here and reading these words. Thank you for being a part of a rich a wonderful life. Life is hard and disappointing and confusing and fun and exciting and hopeful. It is the messy middle.

Join me in a virtual slice of birthday cake!

With love, Amy

P.S. What’s your favorite birthday cake of choice? Mine is Angel food cake with mocha frosting!



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  1. Emily December 30, 2019 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Amy, this is such a great idea! Can’t wait to hear how your 52 experiment goes. Happy birthday!

  2. JACQUELINE HOUCHIN December 30, 2019 at 10:55 am - Reply

    My fave Birthday cake is a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Cake – white cake, orange cheesecake ice cream.
    I’ve joined the challenge to read 52 books in 2020. There are all sorts of categories and genres. Do you have any suggestions for books with a character that wears glasses? (not Harry Potter – I’ve read all of them, and not children’s books)

  3. Kathy G December 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I hope you keep us up to date as to how your project is going.

  4. LeAnne Parham December 30, 2019 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Love this idea, Amy!

  5. Erin ONeill December 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Love this! My favorite cake is Denver chocolate sheet cake with chocolate frosting and candied almonds. Yummmm

  6. Marty Miller December 30, 2019 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday Amy. your post reminded me of this. Hope you enjoy.

  7. Mike December 30, 2019 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    This is a great idea, Amy! Wish I thought of it nine years ago! :-)

  8. Amy Large December 31, 2019 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Neat idea, Amy. I hope I remember that in five years, my birthday sister! Kudos to your creativity! I hope you also had a great b-day weekend. :)
    Mmm…mocha frosting on angel food cake….another sweet idea!

  9. Cassie G January 1, 2020 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday Amy!!! Warm Buttered Pound Cake with fresh peaches on the side- or homemade ice cream…. I love reading your stuff and am inspired by your creativity!

  10. Cyndi January 7, 2020 at 5:31 am - Reply

    I love this idea. I think I modify it a bit. Instead of a call, I am thinking I will mail a card or short letter….I may even include the “card” and tell them I was blessed to draw them into my life. I lead a small group of 20+ ladies at church and I am the volunteer secretary for 175+ seniors for our church, so I have so many people I can card!

  11. Christine J Baxter January 7, 2020 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Hi Amy,
    Happy Birthday!
    2019 was my fifty second year also, well I guess 2020 is as well but I was a July baby. This of course must mean that I am older, and by default or definition wiser than you.

    I have very serious doubts about the the latter claim but I don’t actually think that wisdom is solely related to aging but I digress. Another topic for another day, perhaps.

    My favorite birthday cake is a difficult choice. Ice cream cake from Carvel was a frequent choice on my birthday, but I think that was more popular due to the temperature and humidity in July. If I had a choice in the matter I usually asked my Grandmother to bake a box cake from Betty Crocker or it could have possibly been sold by Dunkin Hinds (Hines?? completely blank on the brand, but the flavor was Maple Walnut and I am almost certain that she frosted it with rich buttercream frosting with just a touch of vanilla, a drop of yellow food coloring, and real walnuts added to both the cake and the frosting.

    The holes in the memories are a special gift that God gives to many of us in our fifties, if we just happen to be special (insert slightly sarcastic giggle). Of course God doesn’t gift everyone who is over fifty with this. Some people have to wait until they are past 60, 70, 80 or even 90 to be blessed this way and of course some of God’s children will never be blessed by the gift of forgetting anything of importance and remembering only the random things that are of very little use .

    Thanks for sharing your birthday with us. I am very confident that you do indeed have a larger dose of wisdom than many of us, including myself of course.

    Blessings and Peace,


    PS; Remember to behave or be sure to have an absolute blast when you just have to misbehave!

  12. Sarah Hilkemann January 13, 2020 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I love this, Amy! Thanks for sharing. :)

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