Wednesday, July 17, 2013


(Just cleaned the pictures off my phone.
Get ready for some photo randomness.)

I turned 34 on Saturday.
I have completed 34 years of life.
You know what that means?
I'm older than Jesus.

(Swimming with Alice.
I do not love swimming.)

Having a summer birthday is pretty anti-climatic.
This is not news to us summer birthday people.
We learned this lesson early on.
(However, Ben and the girls did a wonderful job making it special.
One of the best birthdays ever!)

(I asked for a bottle of wine for my birthday.
I couldn't stop laughing when Alice walked in with this.
Klassy Mom of the Year right here.)

But, here's my favorite thing about having a summer birthday:
It's almost like getting 2 New Years.
It's a time to reflect, set goals, and celebrate. 

So, as I was reflecting on this past year it boils down to this:

I am stronger than I thought I was.

It's been a challenging year, but one that has likely grown me more than any others.
And for that, I am grateful.

(She cat-kissed me.)

I'm grateful Ben and I grew closer during the hard/stressful times.
I'm grateful for getting to spend my days two sweet, funny, and busy little girls.
I'm grateful for the best friends a girl could ever ask for.
Grateful for a supportive family.
Grateful for this little life growing inside of me.
I am incredibly blessed. 

I'm excited to see what the next year brings!

(My mini-flames for my minivan arrived today.
It made my day!)


Laura said...

I have a summer bday, too. I get it. We are usually out of town on my bday. By the time we get back, everyone has forgotten about it and it just gets overlooked. BOO! Love the flames!

Miss G said...

Happy Belated! The "I'm older than Jesus" CRACKED me up!! :) I guess I am too then. Enjoy your flames!! Kelly