December 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Another Year Wiser

Today is my 33rd birthday.  After your 21st birthday most loose the sparkle and excitement.  Aside from the decade celebrations there isn’t the flurry or angst involved.  But it does become a time to reflect.  To mark time.  Remembering what has and hasn’t gone on in the last year.  This is probably compounded by the fact that my birthday falls in the month of December, infamous for festive feelings, reminiscing and nostalgia as well as the end of the calendar year.

This year I can do these things and mark my 32nd year as the year I grew up.  I know, seemingly I had already done that.  But this year was different.  Special.  Beautiful.  I came into my own.  I may have been the mother of four and a wife for a decade, but this year brought truly significant change.

In many ways I became independent.  Attribute it to marrying at 21, or becoming a mother a year later.  But the truth of the matter is that I have always had loved ones around me to lean on.  My life has been about taking care of them for some time now.  Schedules to keep, homework to check, uniforms to have laundered, doctors appointments to make.  And after a decade of staying home and making that my job it was comfortable.  Safe.

Blogging changed all that.  It opened doors.  I had invitations to events and places.  Up until this year Daddy D always accompanied me.  I did not drive in the city on my own.  I did not venture to parties solo.  This year taught me to go it alone, without Daddy D’s hand in the small of my back, pushing me into a room.

Thirty-two.  A wondrous year filled with being on TV on the Martha Stewart Show, being on a Honey Nut Cheerios box, fabulous parties, my first solo trip, BlogHer ’10 in New York City, and simply wonderful experiences.  I got to hear my first name more than I had in years.  I learned that I could do It, It being anything that I wanted.

And yet it was a beautiful year for many of the personal, family related reasons.  I was here and present for so many of the milestones in my sons’s lives that makes it so rewarding to be a stay at home mom.  I love that I get to keep that job first and foremost in my life.  From elementary school graduations to first days of preschool I got to bask in the moments that make life beautiful.

This year will always hold a special place in my heart.  The year Daddy D and I bought our first, and hopefully forever, home.  So much hard work finally paying off.  So many beautiful memories I will never forget.

I look forward to 33 with open arms.  Already some amazing moments on the horizon to look forward to.  My sister will have her second baby in a matter of weeks, another niece for me to dote on and dress up.  This will also be the year that I will say goodbye to diapers, after eleven years of changing bottoms.  Blog wise I am already looking forward to the great opportunities that this coming year brings, highlighted by my first cross-country trek next August for BlogHer ’11!

If 32 was any indication of what is to come, bring it on 33- I like this getting older thing!


  1. Happy Birthday! I hope you are having an awesome day…it sounds like you have already had an awesome year!

  2. Happy Birthday! I can't wait to own my own home one day! :)Hu

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