.golden birthday.

Twas the mecca of all birthdays: the golden birthday. Today I turned 30 on the 30th.

And as I type this us, I'm laying across the arm chair, legs draped over one arm of the chair, head resting on the other, laptop propped up on my knees. Feeling like I'm getting sick, aka, achy with a dry cough. But even though this birthday ends on a not-so-great note, the day itself was quite enjoyable.

But the celebration really started about 3 days ago, when my friends surprised me with a dinner at Houlihan's. Then we went to Target and tried on fun hats.

Having my sister in town gave us a few days to spend together, which I relished in. We even got a long-time dream up and going, but that's another blog post. ;-)

She and I did a lot of shopping and also spent some time at my neighborhood pool.

Then there's today, my actual birthday! It started out with church, followed by a delicious lunch at a downtown coffee shop with the hubs. Earlier in the morning, he surprised me with two cd's I wanted. He had them stashed in the drawer we keep our Bibles in, and when I went to get them out for church, I saw the cd's. He's good at surprising me! After church, we went to a flea market where I picked out my gift. (Hubs had originally ordered me a pair of Chacos, but they weren't comfortable, so I returned them.) At one of the flea markets, I ended up getting this cute little blueish gray distressed curio cabinet. I plan on putting baskets in it and storing our medicine and bathroom supplies in it. The little lines on the glass is my favorite detail.

Once we got home, we relaxed for a while and hubby watched the Nascar race then ran to the office to do some work. When he got home, I told him I wanted to take Simon to a park and have a picnic or something since it was so nice outside. We sat around and tried to figure out where to go and what to do, when the doorbell rang. Turns out it was a pizza delivery girl. Hubs had ordered a surprise dinner for me! We loaded up Simon and the food and headed to a nearby park for a picnic and walk.

Thankful to have kicked off the 30's with such a wonderful day.

I don't think it's fully hit me yet that I'm not in my 20's anymore. But I keep thinking of the Deana Carter lyrics from "Strawberry Wine."

"I still remember
when 30 was old..."

I just keep reminding myself that some day long in the future I'll look back on this birthday and think about how young I really was.

Gonna enjoy this time in my life and be content, not wishing away time or longing for years past. This is where God has led me at this point in my life and I am thankful for all He's blessed me with!

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