Truly. Not a 39-again birthday. But I can't help but think of how many people really do have 39-again birthdays. I almost feel like I have to say "for real" or "honest" afterwards because so many people stop at 39 and well... hold.
But I don't think that's for me.
The last 39 years have been amazing. I can't even put into words how much I've been blessed. And the last decade has simply been the icing on the cake. And if you know me, you know that's my favorite part of the cake! :)
Thirty saw me coming out of newlywed stage with a 2 year-old. Matt threw me a surprise birthday party and I still remember the shock nearly 10 years later. We'd been living in this house two months when I turned 30, and we've slowly made it a home, but still aren't done. We've welcomed another son and said goodbye to some wonderful people, both young and old. I've cried with friends over babies who died the same day they were born and celebrated 90th birthdays with others.
I finished grad school and now prepare to go down that road again in the fall. I started my current job and began to move up in my career, including some amazing leadership roles that I still can't believe I hold. Makes me wonder what is ahead, though I must admit I'm looking forward to a slow-down.
In that same decade, we started homeschooling and changed churches. We teetered through the awkward months of settling into me working and Matt staying home. Worth. Every. Minute. We found our niche at the new church and became active without being exhausted. Such a fine line.
We started our annual Hatteras trips. Need I say more?
We've made new friends, and stayed close with old - and I cherish them all. A few will be at my house tonight, my birthday wish. Really. It's what I wished for when Matt asked me what I wanted. I adore my friends. They're real. They're honest. We share our struggles and heartaches and we share our good times, too. Tonight, I'll just soak it all in. I just wish they all could be here.
But with all that said, if my thirties are any indication of how my forties will be, I say bring it....I'll be ready to celebrate. :)
|Blowing out 12 candles - 3+9. No way I was putting 39 on there!|