Crazy that this little budding fashion star {kidding} is already 

As I've gotten older birthdays have become more of a reflection than a celebration for me. 
It's cool & weird & eye-opening
[& honestly sometimes disappointing]
to look back and see where I'm at and what I have accomplished. 

Sometimes I think I haven't done enough or fulfilled any of my big dreams that my little girl heart was set on. Sometimes I feel like I've hardly done anything at all with my life and just wasted time. 
In fact, I found a timeline the other day that I made in elementary school that said I was going to be famous by the time I was 20 or something... 
hah! yeah, that didn't happen. 

But then I remember that I have been able to reach some of the more important goals & dreams. 
I found another little memory page where it asked 
"What do you want to accomplish in 20 years?" 
My answers: 
- get a degree 
- write for a newspaper 
- get married in the temple 

And you know what? 
I did those things! 

I may not be a movie star, 
or famous singer, 
or a professional spokesperson. 

No one really even knows my name except the people in my small circle. 
Only Elijah requests songs from me. 
And he hates my lectures. 

But I have my family, my beliefs, and my education. 
I am happy & healthy. 
I have people around me who love me and who I can turn to. 

And that's all that's the best birthday present around!

Here's to being one year older!! 
Can't wait to see what 26 has in store :) 


Amy's Fashion Blog said...

Happy Birthday

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Happy happy birthday! Cheers to this being the best year yet!

Unknown said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Wow 26, I can't even remember 26 (I am feeling really old right now, lol), may God bless you with many more wonderful years to come!!

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Stacie S-H said...

Happy birthday! Yay for July birthdays (mine is today). Cute pics btw!

Alicia Snow said...

Oh my gosh, Eli looks exactly like you!