Today is my birthday and I am happy. Happy because I have everything I have always dreamed of having and it is a blissful life. My closest friends and loved ones still email me and call to wish me well. My dad called this morning to sing happy birthday to me. My best friend invited us over for dinner and I made pink and blue and purple mini cupcakes for our kids to decorate. DD was giddy with excitement while I was putting the cupcakes in the oven. "Are we going to have a birthday party for me?" She asked. I explained to her that today it's my birthday, but that I will gladly share my birthday cupcakes with her and we could have a little party at her aunt and uncle's house. I think she's most excited to decorate the cupcakes. When I asked her if she wanted to, she said, "Oh, yes. I think that's a good idea Mama." She wanted to see each one of the trays before I put them in the oven.
Her excitement reminds me of what it was like to be a little girl. It was a magical time. Everything was full of wonder and pixy dust. Now, DD is full of those things and it never ceases to amaze me: how beautiful this life is, how quickly it's flying by, how important it is to me to enjoy every moment of it. I love it, all of it. I have chosen this life for myself and I am proud of it. As I near thirty, I'm keeping in mind what my mother has always said about each stage of life: there is something good in each milestone. From birth to death, there is something to enjoy and something to look forward to. Twenty seven will be a good year for me. DH and I are looking forward to growing our family, and we've reached new milestones in our marriage. We're working hard to build a more solid foundation for ourselves and our children. I believe we are succeeding.
As for me, specifically, my only plans today are to clean my house, have dinner with my brothers and parents, decorate cupcakes with the kiddles, and come home and open a few presents with DH. It's nothing extravagant, but it doesn't have to be. It's my life and I love it just the way it is.