1.31.2014

Birthday Girl: 29 Years Young

 
Happy Birthday to me!  I am now officially entering the last year of my twenties.  What?!?  How'd that happen so quickly?  Luckily, 29 is looking pretty good. 

As I've reflected over the last decade, I am really grateful I had the opportunity to marry and begin a family in my twenties.  Instead of "finding myself", I've spent the last years letting my husband and children mold me, challenge me, and refine me into the person I am today.  I hardly know that 22 year old girl in those wedding pictures anymore.  Instead, the woman looking back at me in the mirror is much more selfless and patient and loving than I ever imagined for her--and I'm still growing!  The gift of family is the best way to grow into one's self... even if it does include a few stretch marks.

So 29, here's to the best year yet!  I think I'll begin with a giant slice of cheesecake for breakfast.

13 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday!!! You look radiant! I mean seriously!

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  2. You're so beautiful! Happy Birthday! I turn 30 this year and I can hardly believe it!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Jessie! I'm so glad I got lucky enough to be your mom! You're a beautiful girl, inside and out.


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  4. Happy Birthday!!! Hope it is a special week - yeah, stretch out the celebration!. :-) You took these photos yourself?! You amaze me...and not just for your photography skills!!

    Anna :-)

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  5. You said it perfectly. Having a family is the best way to grow up and be a better person. You couldn't have a better little family! Happy birthday, Jessie! I love you so much. I'm lucky to always have had you as my sister to look up to.

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  7. you are beyond adorable! happy happy birthday! i love your perspective on how instead of "finding yourself" you let your family mold you into who you are! love that!

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  8. Happy Birthday! :) You are seriously beyond gorgeous! :) I hope you had a wonderful day and weekend with your adorable family :) I'll be turning 29 in September! :) I love that we keep finding out things we have in common! <3

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  9. A very Happy Birthday to you pretty lady!! Hope it was amazing!!!!!

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  10. Happy Birthday to you my sweet friend!

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  11. Happy, happy birthday!! Yes, having my family has taught me so much more about myself (and what I'm capable of too)! You deserve to have the best day and the best year...EVER!

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