17 April 2011

This is what thirty-five looks like.  {It is also what 29 weeks pregnant looks like.} 

I thought it would feel somehow older, more mature at the very least.  Thirty-five seemed ancient when I was eighteen. 

I now realize how incredibly stupid I was at age eighteen and it amuses me.

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This is probably the most content I’ve ever been in my life. 

I am happy, really happy. 

And that, my friends, is saying a lot.

I know just who I am as a person.  And I like that girl woman.  All of her.

Part of the plan for me, it’s the journey… at twenty-five or even thirty, I still hadn’t figured that out.  I wanted to know where I would end up, where I would go to college, who I would end up with, what I would be doing, what my life would be like, would I have kids, and on and on.  I wish I hadn’t wished away some of those years for the next step because the next step, it’s coming {it really is and it always does} so enjoy the step you’re on while you’ve got it.  I’m ok now with learning what the next fifty years will bring as it comes.  

Right now, I am here, right in the moment.  There is my Davester and a marriage {and a friendship} that I only could have imagined.  Finn, my funny little partner in crime and the sweet baby girl on the way.  Monty Poodle and Dexter, this family wouldn’t be complete without them.  There is my incredibly supportive family who has seen me through all thirty-five years, hugs me tightly and still loves me despite my teen years.  There are friends old and new, who make me laugh and lift me up.   And there are all of you who keep me endlessly entertained and who I love talking to daily.

Right here, is thirty-five. 

It feels good.


Belinda said...

I'm so glad you are happy. Thirty five is a wonderful age to be. Enjoy your life as it happens. Before you know it, you'll be 55 and wondering where all the time went. You look beautiful!

Unknown said...

:) I think you are awesome! and I cant wait to see your new baby :)
We are due in September, actually the c section is scheduled for my birthday..:)
(another Girl)

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

As someone who is in their late twenties and trying to figure out where the next step will come (where husband will get a job after law school graduation), I feel I'm still concentrating on the end point. But after reading this, I'm wondering if I shouldn't start to concentrate on the journey and not wishing away my twenties to get to "the real part of my life" that happens after school. Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Happy 35! What a great post to make you think about living now and not for what may happen. You look great, btw. :)

Unknown said...

Great Pictures;) happy 35th! Great post....I am turning 30 in a month and I am so not looking forward to it. And when I was 18 I thought 30 was ancient Have a great day!

Morgan Owens said...

Happy birthday! Just wanted to tell you that you don't look 35- you are a very gorgeous woman..inside and out it sounds :)

Jenn Jacobs said...

Happy Happy Birthday Michelle. I too will turn 35 this year and I could not agree with you more. It just seems that lately, I am exactly where I am supposed to be. My worries about what's happening and what's to come have fallen by the way side and I'm just happy to be living the life I have with the people that are in it. You put it all so nicely in your post. Hope your birthday is absolutely wonderful!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! Such beautiful photos :)

I just love this post! It's just what I have been needing to hear because I'm always wondering where will we be in 5 years... heck where will we be in 1 year! But now I'm going to try and live life in the moment.

diane said...

you look lovely.
wait til you hit 50! as they say, "the best is yet to come."

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and kind comments, you made my day a heck of a lot better!

Yostee said...

I hope you had an amazing birthday!! I found you randomly while searching for Dr. Seuss party ideas and you have become a party of my daily routine!! From what I know of you through this blog, you are an amazing woman who deserves the world for her birthday!!!! I hope your 35th year is nothing short of fabulous!!!! <3

@JessEsco said...

Happy Birthday friend--again. You rock.

erika said...

35 looks absolutely beautiful! :)

belles♥mom said...

You look gorgeous (and as always Mr. Finn is absolutely handsome!). I hope your birthday was amazing, you deserve it!

MommyLisa said...

Excellent - you look gorgeous!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

awwww.... happy birthday! Love your photographs. What a babe!

Stacy Kaye said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am sorry I missed it on the day! I am soooo happy to see you at that point where you can say you are truly happy. What a blessing! I am also thankful to have "met" you.

P.S. You make 29 weeks pregnant look good! That hair is awesome! Gotta love pregnancy hair!

Meg said...

Happy birthday! 35 looks amazing... and HAPPY!

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