Today is my birthday! Now yesterday I was in a bit of a panic about today. I’m usually not the one to fret over age or wrinkles, an achy back or feeling out of touch with the latter generation, but yesterday the thought of getting older gave me the heebeegeebees.
But today, I woke up and the sun was shining.
I turned 30 years old today… and of my 30 birthdays, this was by far the most memorable. Now, I’ll spare you some of the details of the day, but what was most important is that I spent today with my family. Phil planned a lovely day that included walking through the Morton Arboretum, Zoe landed her first professional magazine photo shoot, we indulged in a yum-tastic dinner and Phil presented me with the ultimate spa gift certificate (which equates to 4 hours of pampering). I was on cloud nine all day!
But, the most memorable thing of the day was watching Phil carry a sleeping Zoe back to the car after dinner. The picture is still etched in my mind. It was at that point that I realized that the two of them are my biggest and bestest birthday gifts. My husband enjoys spending time with me and my daughter smiles every time she sees me. What a blessing it is to have and be a part of a family. I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, but I’ve never been more thankful than I am today.
Now, this isn’t to say that next year I might not have another melt down or that I won’t have a repeat performance at age 40. But one thing that is for certain is that I have a perspective on what is most important in life. A life that is full of love is priceless. It took me 30 years to get to this special place and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
So…here’s to life, love, companionship, motherhood and many more birthday celebrations to come! Happy Birthday to me!