Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's my Golden Birthday!

My Golden Birthday
Photo by Lindsey Wiatt Photography
Today is my golden birthday!!  Yes, I am 28 years old on April 28th!  I know in the grand scheme of life 28 really isn’t that old, but it sure feels old.  I’m officially in my “late twenties” or “almost thirty”.   My high school reunion is this year, ahh so old!  I am going to soak up this birthday because 1) I’m still in my twenties and 2) hello, it’s my golden birthday!  To be completely honest, I’m kind of a birthday nut.  We celebrate birthday week in our house, because one day just simply doesn’t seem like enough!  Sloan’s due date was actually on my birthday, but she was three days late.  So we don’t share a birthday, but we always share “birthday week” :).   We are spending our birthdays in Disneyland this year, which is so exciting!

Getting older makes you think about where you are in life.  You take inventory of the people and things in your life and check boxes off of your lifelong to do list.  When I was in my early twenties and newly married (Eric and I got married when I was 21, just a baby I know!), I thought about where I'd want to be at this point in my life.  I hoped that I would have graduated college, own a home, gone on some memorable vacations, and had a few babies.  Of course there were other things too, like not have a bunch of wrinkles, have a killer shoe collection, and go to a Britney Spears concert (I still love her guys, don't judge me) ;).  As I sit here typing this, I am overwhelmed with gratitude because pretty much all of my dreams have come true.  I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters, and amazing friends and family.  I am surrounded by so much love and seriously feel like the luckiest ever!

I still haven't been to a Britney concert though... Please go on tour again B!

Anyways... while I am only 28 years old and know there is still lots more to learn, I do know this:

Time is precious and fleeting.  Time is really like a dirty thief.  It tricks you into thinking you have all the time in the world, but you don't.  Squeeze your spouse, your babies, all of the people you love-all the time.  Make sure they know how special and loved they are every. single. day.  Take responsibility for your life and create the life you've always dreamed of.  Soak up those special, sometimes everyday moments and do your best to take mental snapshots because like Darius Rucker says, "It won't be like this for long."  Embrace being a hot mess, because chances are you're doing more important things than showering or staying organized.  You're probably playing princess dolls with your toddler, nursing your baby, folding endless amounts of laundry, or cooking a hot meal for your spouse after he's worked all day to provide for your family (ok that may just be how I spend my days, but you get the idea).  Clean houses and perfect hair is overrated! 

My life isn't perfect, but it's a damn good one.  I am truly in awe of how the Lord has blessed me and I look forward to many, many more birthdays with my special people!



These photos were taken by the very talented Lindsey Wiatt Photography.  If you're in the Portland, Oregon area definitely check her out!

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