today is my twenty-eighth birthday! as i sat down to write this post, i was going to write 28 things i'm grateful for ... and then i went back to my twenty seventh birthday list & realized how many have held true this year -- i'm so blessed & love taking today to really soak that up. it's easy to do with such fun phone calls/texts/emails coming from so many dear ones in my life! a few things to add to the list this year:
i've already heard from my three grandparents this morning -- i'm 28 and i have three grandparents who have been an enormous part of my life & love me so well. they are incredibly wise & i'm so grateful for all the ways they've helped to raise me. (& they're funny as anything, i love our phone calls!)
this little girl who is about to enter our lives (i think she's decided we aren't going to share a birthday, just a birth month!). i am beyond excited to meet her & so grateful for the chance to be her mom. this is an incredibly meaningful december on so many fronts.
the simple joys of this season -- the smell of the wreath on our front door, little white lights everywhere; freshly baked cookies delivered by little neighbors so proud of their decorating; strangers exchanging heartfelt holiday greetings; carols in church; a beautifully wrapped, thoughtful gift.
our military -- all the amazing service members & their families who serve so selflessly -- i'm so honored to be a part of this community & appreciate more each day the service & sacrifices made.
for a warm home to sleep in at night and meals on the table.
and for a wonderful husband who makes each birthday even better & who i absolutely love doing life with.
sweet readers, thank you for all the ways you've made this year incredible -- here's to many more! xo