I turned 35 on Thursday.
35 is old to some, young to others, and
just a number to me. But my birthday is a time for me to reflect each
year, on life, where I've been, where I'm at right now, and where I'm
I had a check up with my doctor the day before, and was pleased to tell her I feel great.
I've set some goals for myself for the coming year.
And, naturally I had a few birthday wishes.
getaway!! I love home, but I also long to hit the road. Even for just
a day. It's been a while, and my yearning for a change in scenery has
been no secret.
Being whisked away for a special day is probably my biggest wish every year.
always on my summer wishlist to explore new waters on our kayaks. We
only had them off the property once last year. It was on my birthday,
and it was simple & wonderful. A designated evening out on the
water is a definite treat.
3. Stain the siding / exterior of
our addition. I thought this would be an awesome birthday present, to
have helping hands to get this project done after the long winter & spring, so we can enjoy it this summer.
That was my wishlist, any of those three things would have made me very happy.
Well, none of my birthday wishes came true. (Please hear me out.. there's a lesson beyond what might sound like a pity party.)
had a few really beautiful days this week surrounding my birthday, but
Mitch had to work on a roofing project each of them. That was a
bummer. It would have been perfect timing between things tying us down for a getaway.
was raining on my birthday, the only day he didn't have to roof.
Kayaking wasn't much an option. And again, on those nice days, helping
hands & ladders weren't home.. so the staining didn't happen
either. (Although I did start working on it today on my own.) And I'll
just briefly mention that bat mess & black tar are things I get to
Mitch works on tearing off & fixing old roofs. With Mason
& Eric helping during summer, the nasty laundry & ruined
clothing was tripled this week. I felt glum & kept dreaming more
& more of that getaway.
But while the week was not what I'd
wished for, my birthday was filled with good things. A rainy day meant the
whole family was home together. I woke to tea & breakfast in bed,
kid-made cards & a few special treats. Eric gave me Junior Mints and a
box of fudge pops in the freezer (this having teenagers thing has it's perks.) My mom stopped by bearing thoughtful
birthday gifts. I got many kind birthday messages that made me smile all day.
Mitch tried a new recipe for a birthday cake that was delicious. We
went out for a quiet, late dinner date. I had a good salad. He opened
the car door for me.
I was reading a book the next night when I came across a line that struck a chord in me:
"Like opening a can of mushroom soup and finding tomato instead;
be grateful and eat it anyway." (Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen)
I did. Well, mostly. The food & sweets were too much. I was
grateful, and ate part, and shared the rest. :)
My birthday via instagram:
Junior Mints (my favorite candy) from Eric
My favorite shirt... so far it hasn't worked.
Mitch's hot fudge spoon cake. I've promised to track down the recipe & share.
Snuggles & selfie with Beau
The Number of the Day in crayon.
Necklace from my mom.. it has tiny smooth rocks and I love it.
Peace, Love, and Gratefulness,