I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to confront only the essential facts of life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
My sisters threw me and Bill such a beautiful party filled with favorites - People and wine and lights and gifts - I felt so special and cared for in such an individual and incredible way. Below are some moments that Faith's camera captured and to say I am blessed by them would not be enough. The party sparkled and laughter resonated. Wine flowed and amazing food was served. It all touched my heart and was everything I imagined.
To my sisters, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You can't know how much it meant.
And to my husband, I would choose you every time. You are my everything.
We spent the following day in wine country nearby with Bill's parents and my parents arrive tomorrow for more celebration. I think what I have learned through it all is that it is important to celebrate the milestones, but it is equally as important to celebrate the day to day :) I feel like I am entering a new phase f my life, where I embrace who I am in a new way, and I am very excited for the change.
I think in my more youthful years I saw 30 differently, and
now that I am here I see it as an opportunity.
An opportunity to be more comfortable in my own skin. To release anything dramatic. To pick up things that feed my soul. To learn to take care of myself holistically –
spirit, body and mind. To learn that
happiness can be about contentment, and not necessarily overflowing joy. To stop spreading myself so thin and do
things on my terms. To discover my own
personal style in home and clothing and life, and be proud of it. To just be present instead of always trying
to impress people.
By no means do I consider myself wise, but I do think in the
past 30 years I have gained perspective, and I am so grateful for the life I
have been given. This was a big decade
for me! The amount that happens in a 10
year span is unimaginable. I moved to
California in my 20s, found the love of my life and married him, bought a home,
traveled to Europe twice, Africa and Asia, welcomed my first niece, got a dog,
graduated college, landed my first real job (and second and third), made
countless friends and went on incredible adventures. I honestly could go on and on. I became a part of a new family. So many prayers were answered for me. I learned to love and suffered great
losses. I think 10 years ago I could not
imagine what my life would be now. I
still find myself feeling like it is all such a surreal experience living the life that I do
with all that it entails. I kind of can’t
believe I am married and own a home and am turning 30… When did all that
I think this birthday, more than any New Year’s Resolution, has
caused me to take a hard look at my life and ask me where I am, where I want to
be, where I am headed and what I want to change. I am excited and nervous and anxious. I know some things will be harder than others
to change, but I believe with this step comes growth and legacy potential.
To each of you that love and encourage me, thank you. Cheers to 30 years of life, and a whole lot
more to go.
And to my twin, who takes this day on with me, may we be
closer every year that goes on and may we keep true to who we are and love the
Lord and our families more each day. I
am so glad God chose you to go on this journey of being twins with me, and I am
so thankful for everything you are and all you have taught me in this
life. I look up to you in so many ways
and pray for you constantly to find your happiness, whether it is in joy or
contentment. Your selflessness astounds
me, and your simple take on life inspires me.
Thank you for loving me through our tougher years when I was not as
deserving of grace, and thank you for always seeking me out even when I make