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Yesterday I said goodbye to my twenties and hello to my thirties.

In other words, I went from this:

oh, the perm days

oh, the perm days


To this:





(Sorry the first picture is so small. It’s a scan, and I’m so old now that I don’t know how to do technologically savvy stuff like make pictures bigger.)

Yesterday was a lovely day. My family and friends made me feel oh so special, loved and celebrated. Forrest surprised me the night before with a “menu” that had 30 of my favorite things to do. I was to check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each item, thereby creating the perfect day. Seriously, this was the sweetest, most creative idea. When I asked him how he thought of it he said, I know you like check lists. :)

What a man.

So, the day began with a skype date with my parents, opening an amazing gift from amazing people, coffee, and donuts. Then a trip to the rhododendron garden to feed the ducks, pizza lunch at Oven and Shaker, and a night of pecan pie, homemade mac and cheese, and hanging out with three pretty wonderful people – Forrest, Annika & Juniper.

My heart feels full, especially when I reflect on the last ten years. A lot has happened. Since I love lists so much, here is a list of my twenties…

  • I have lived in Colorado, Arizona and Oregon; however, I have lived in Oregon the longest. Even though I am not an Oregonian by birth, I love, love, love it here.
  • I have completed a two-year program at Ravencrest Bible College, a Bachelors degree from Multnomah University and a Masters degree from Emporia State University.
  • I have worked as a nanny, teachers aid, data-base specialist, bookseller and librarian.
  • I have had my heart broken….but…
  • I fell in love!
  • I got married.
  • I had a baby.
  • I got pulled over for the first time for speeding (no ticket though!).
  • I have been to Paris.
  • I learned to knit.

The list could keep going, but the point is, I am one lucky girl. I am so thankful for the life I have been given, and I am so thankful for the people the Lord has placed in my life.

Thirty, at first, seemed a little scary. I mean, now I am really an adult. But instead of feeling fear at the reality of growing older, I am excited to see what comes next. I am tired of living in a state of fear and worry, and I am determined to fully embrace the life I’ve been given and live boldly.

So, here’s to thirty!


love him forever.

love him forever.

Unsure about the ducks

Unsure about the ducks


2 thoughts on “Thirty

  1. So if you are thirty that makes me…yikes! It seems like I blinked and you were grown. Time goes too too fast!

    You are going to love your 30’s!! It’s a great decade and I can’t wait to watch you live it. You make me love life with your words and pictures. With the way you see life and then live it. Thank you for that!

    Here’s to an awesome life! Yours!! :)

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