Monday, January 18, 2010

Growing Old Gracefully

They say twenties is the new thirties right? I don't know what it is but hitting my thirties hasn't been too bad. There is something about saying goodbye to your childhood and awkward twenties where you are frantically trying to find yourself.
Maybe that is why turning twenty-five was my hardest birthday. I think it was that I had so much expectations on myself and hadn't reached all that I wanted to by that age so I freaked. Literally I freaked out. Fell off the deep end, okay maybe just fell out of a plane. I went skydiving on my twenty fifth birthday. I thought this would some how make up for lost time. Time I had wasted on finding myself doing stupid things, time I had wasted on not so good people in my life, time being what others wanted me to be rather than being who I truly was. You ask, did it solve all that? Not exactly but I faced a fear and a monster obstacle I never thought I could do and boy was it empowering. It changed me forever. It was the beginning of a bright future. Though I am grateful for my childhood lessons and my awkward twenties as they have shaped and molded me into who I am today but I embrace the next chapter in my life even if it means a few extra pounds and some unwanted wrinkles. Life is good because I have Christ in my life. This doesn't mean that life is going to be easy without its ups and downs but it means that I have a hope and a future in Him.
As I celebrate my thirty second birthday I am simply thankful. Thankful for all that God has blessed me with.
It has turned into my birthday month! Wowzer! I must have been a good girl this year. :) Thank you to ALL of you who made my birthday so special. You know who you are. All your planning, sneaking around, lying, giving, and labor of love has meant everything to me. To be surrounded by so much love is priceless and cannot be wrapped up in a box with a bow on top. My heart is forever grateful. I love you ALL!
Love, Danielle, Danny, DJ

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January is the Best!

I always knew January was a special month. A new beginning, a fresh start. I may be a little biased since it's the month of my birthday too (January 18). But it became even more special after I met my husband Tony and share the honor of celebrating his parents wedding anniversary on the 16th and then his mother's birthday on the 17th.

Tony and I are both blessed with parents that are still married, in love and have reached milestones in their marriages. They have been incredible examples to what a marriage and commitment truly is. We are so thankful for their examples.

Happy 45th Anniversary, Dad & Mom and Happy Birthday Mom! We had a great time celebrating with you. We love you with all our hearts! Your love and support mean everything to us.
Love, Tony & Danielle