Wednesday, July 27, 2011

thirty wonderful things


Thirty. It really feels like one of those milestone birthdays. This last year has been an incredible journey. When I turned 29 I was a new mom, stumbling my way to the next chapter of my life. As the pages keep turning, I find myself humbled by all that has happened and all the people who have lent a hand, some empathy and good company.

Here are 30 wonderful things I am grateful for as I complete my 29th year.

    - My sweet little growing daughter, Amelie, who has turned my world upside down and gave me a new start in life.

    - My funny and loving hubby, Jeremiah. 
    Celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary
    - Our menagerie. Furry, feathered and finned.

    - Yummy cakes made with love.

    -The good fortune to work not only with an incredible group of young people but amazing, talented and caring colleagues.

    - A trip to see the Dalys in Virginia, where everything slows down and the past is present.

    - A hot cup of coffee with just the right amount of cream.

     - Donuts.

     - Having the luxury to witness birds in flight and other masterpieces each day.
    - Our amazing, generous and giant family.

     - Girlfriends.

     - A good book. I’ve read many since Amelie was born: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller, The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom by Amy Hempel, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood and so many more.

     - French fries.

     - My daughter gets to grow up with views like this:
    - Amazing works of art created by family and friends.

    - Warm sunlight on my back.

    - Any stretch of sleep that lasts longer than two hours.

    - Our van that goes and goes, is comfy, fits almost anything into it and keeps our daughter safe.

    - The library. My favorite use of tax dollars. 

    - Loud, passionate female musicians. 

    - Soft grass under our feet.

    - My Mama.

    - My Dad.

    - Finding the time and giving myself the space to create, and the opening of my little shop.

    - A trip to Kansas to see Amelie’s great grandparents and great-great grandparents. 

    - Late nights with friends in the front yard.

    - The big, open Colorado skies.

    -  Long walks with fun companions to important destinations like McDonalds breakfast, garage sales and grazing cows. 
    - All the family and friends who have traveled from far away to visit with us. 

    - Discoveries.


      1. Happy Birthday! You have a beautiful family--esecially Amelie and her cheekage! Also, Terri Pratchett is hilarious.

        Rock on,
        Lizi Clawson

      2. Thank you!! Terri Pratchett is so funny, I need to pick up one of the others in that series. :)