Feb 6, 2013

Thoughts at 30!


.....problem is....I don't have any!




That look?! I don't know...a blank stare?  Fear of getting older?? A woman with too much time on her hands???


I sat down a few days ago to type out my "Thoughts at 30!" and stared blankly at the screen....okay..so it's not like I don't have any thoughts...just nothing particular to turning 30 I guess.  I mean, any birthday will bring about reflection and contemplation.  But I don't worry about getting older or aging - I'm not bothered by the number of candles on my cake or the fact that the only gift I really wanted was paint for my kitchen - that yes, I've reached the age where practicality wins out when it comes to gifts.


But then I still have a wonderful man who brings home these for me...



And I can't say everything I 'wanted' for my bday was entirely practical - I did receive an iPhone!  That's right, my 30's has brought me into the age of technology! ;) hahaha!  The wonderful thing of it all is that the iPhone cost me nothing but a visit with my brother!  What a blessing!

I had contemplated getting an iPod, mainly to stream Christian radio, (since we have no radio reception a way out here...well no Christian radio reception), for taking pics when I don't want to bring along the big camera and for music while I'm in my studio or what have you.




So I emailed my brother to ask his opinion on what to get and if I should buy second hand or not.  (He's the tech guy in the family - and my husband is so NOT a tech man!)  A few minutes after sending the email, I got a call from my big brother.  He told me that they had an 'old' iPhone 4 that he and his girlfriend did not use and I could have it, for free!

Ain't that sweet of them!! 

So my hubby planned a nice little day up in our Nation's Capital for my birthday and to pick up my new 'toy'! ;)   It was a great day!  The weather was amazing...well amazing for what it usually is on my birthday, I got in a visit with my bro, a trip to the most amazing coffee shop, complete with bringing home a bag of delicious 'black gold' (coffee!), hubby and I took in a little gluten free cafe and then home again to spend the evening...and part of the early morning (see I'm not that old...yet!) with dear friends.




My actual Birthday was on the Sunday - we skipped out on church - bad, I know - but it was nice to actually sleep in! Yes, the baby let us, good boy!  Dave made me a lovely breakfast complete with homemade home fries, fried eggs, bacon AND sausage! Fantastic - oh and of course complimented with that amazing coffee we picked up the day before!


We had our closest friends - who were good and went to church - come over for lunch and stay for supper.  We played a fantastic giant game of Settlers of Catan - I love this game...we all do!  And if you haven't played, find someone to teach you - 'cause it's just too much fun!





And for those of you who know the game, check out what my hubby had made me for Christmas;


My own BLACK pieces!!  Fantastic aren't they...why black?  Well...let's just say, I'm a little competitive when it comes to games...and we'll just say it's a good "strike fear into the hearts of your opponents" kind of colour....did I say a little competitive..???

;)

So it was a weekend of blessings, fun and love!  And I feel very special for it.  Even my mother-in-law contributed by babysitting for us and also trying her hand at some gluten free baking for me.  She made this very lovely cake;




And well I'm officially not a twenty something anymore, that decade is gone and I am at the brink of a new one.  What will my 30s bring?  The last ten years brought some fantastic and dramatic changes to my life.  Ten years ago I did not have a relationship with God - I had no focus or direction for my life, I am so thankful to know Him now and to be able to continue to grow in Him!

These last ten years also brought me my wonderful husband, three beautiful children and three lovely homes.  They brought much, much joy and some serious sadness.  They brought good memories and bad ones as well.  They brought dear, dear friends and the loss of some too.  These past ten years taught me to continue to try new things, (like photography and blogging!) and to know when to say 'no'.   They taught me to slow down and take each day as it comes.

In that time I have rediscovered who I am and who God is teaching me to be.  I see that I am a more confidant woman then I was ten years ago.  And I am learning more and more to trust God and to truly put my life in His hands. 

I have no idea what the next ten years will bring...honestly a year ago I couldn't have imagined what awaited me just a few days a head....

So I try to not focus on what the future may hold and I try to be thankful for each moment the Lord gives me.  But I am also both anxious and excited to see where the Lord will take me.  To see how He will mold and shape me through my 30s.  I know there will be many more ups and downs - the ebb and flow of this life but I know that my God will carry me through it all! 

And fitting enough I find Psalm 30 to speak much on where my life has taken me to this point.  I feel very blessed by my God and I want to continue to strive to live for Him, in all ways.  I celebrate the now with love, peace and grace and I look forward to what lies ahead with anticipation, hope and a growing trust in Him.




Psalm 30 

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have drawn me up     
and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 
 O Lord my God, I cried to You for help,
   and You have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
   You restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
   and give thanks to His holy name.
 For his anger is but for a moment,
   and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
  “I shall never be moved.” 
 By your favor, O Lord,
    You made my mountain stand strong; 
You hid your face;
   I was dismayed.

To You, O Lord, I cry,   
 and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
 “What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
   Will it tell of Your faithfulness? 
 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!”

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent.     
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever!
  




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5 comments:

  1. Lovely post from a lovely woman. God is doing such wonderful work in you. Ha, the icing on my cake was nice at least, but perhaps the cake wasn't. Love you.

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  2. Happy Birthday! 30 is a wonderful age to be....and it looks like you will enjoy the next decade. When I was 27, I worried ahead of time and thought I was getting so old...now that I am 55, I look back and see how I wasted time worrying instead of living...and all the old ladies who back then, told me I was young, they were correct! So, you tackled all those firsts of motherhood in your 20's, and now you are probably entering the most perfect age. I hope it goes slow so you can enjoy it. (Although with young kids...the days will probably fly!)

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  3. Happy Birthday. It sounds like you celebrated well and were gifted well, also. I've heard of the game, Settlers of Catan, and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for reminding me of it. I'm glad you aren't fretting over getting older. It is so much better than the alternative. :)

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  4. Oh ... I can remember me turning 30. I fear I didn't walk through that time as gracefully... as you are now.

    Turning 30 was the worst thing in the world for me. I can't go back and re-do my attitude. But I wish I could.

    Happy Birthday sweet friend. Love those roses.
    And Anita - beautiful cake decorating. Wow!!

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  5. Yay, Kaitlin I hope you had a fabulous birthday!! Love that cake :-D

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