Celebrating Another Year of Life

Celebrating Another Year of Life

Today is my birthday. I can’t say I have ever mentioned my birthday on my blog before. The past few years I have gotten together with a few friends, but never wanted to do anything significant. From what I recall, the last larger gathering I had with friends was when I turned 25. However, this year changed. I really felt like the Lord was speaking “celebration” over this year and honestly, I have no idea what that all entails, but I do think I should celebrate things more.

My circumstances around me have kept me from celebrating. Loss and death have kept me from celebrating. Another year gone with no babies has kept me from celebrating. The “who cares it’s just another year” attitude has kept me from celebrating. But this year is different. This year I am choosing to celebrate.

I know, I know so many people say birthdays are no big deal. That has been my thought process most years too. But I also know that tomorrow isn’t promised. I know that I should consider every day a gift. I know that so many people, even young people, never get to see their next birthday and because of all of that, I am choosing to not only acknowledge the day, but celebrate it too.

I have felt very self-absorbed as I’ve been talking about my birthday on social media for several days now. It’s made me feel a little uncomfortable. I wondered if I should really have a party just to celebrate me? But, just a few weeks ago we decided to do so and this past Friday night, several friends came over. You know what? The party made me realize just how blessed I am. So often I feel so out of place or like I don’t belong, but Friday night? Friday night all I felt was love from those who came.

So today I am 33. It’s certainly not what I thought it would be. My plan would have included 3 kids at home by now. But, I do know that 33 years is a gift and for that, I am thankful. I am thankful for my Savior. I am thankful for my family, my marriage, my friends, my online community, my ministry and so much more. I am thankful that God has extended me grace over the past 32 years. I’m thankful for the hardships life has brought and the blessings it has brought too. And, I am thankful in advance, for another year ahead.

Here is to 33. I can only hope that there is some related significance between the dream of becoming a mom since I was a little girl and the number 33 being my favorite since I was a little girl too. Ultimately, I don’t know if there is any relation at all, but no matter what this year brings I hope I continue to have the attitude of celebration! It’s much more fun this way!

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23 Comments
  • Lindsay Tankersley
    Posted at 06:41h, 19 June Reply

    Love this post! I love birthdays and I love celebrating them! I am with you in that it feels weird to acknowledge your own bday and plan your own celebration…but why not? It’s your day to do what you want with it! I will be 35 this year (Oct. 5) and I feel like 35 is such a “grown up” age…I want to celebrate it big!! I look at bdays as God giving us another year. That is the day he gave us life. The day he decided for my parents to have me and become parents…again…Im #2! And there are so many people who dont make it to their next bday…or a doc tells you at your child’s birth..he has such and such disease and wont live past age 10…so you celebrate every bday like its his last. Then when that child lives past 10 and surprises the doctors…I am sure they are acknowledging and celebrating every year with gratitude.
    Im sorry I rambled! I just love birthdays!! I get so sad when people dont celebrate at least with a special dessert or a movie or something.
    So HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎂 Make 33 great!!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 07:58h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday, beautiful friend!!!! 🙂

  • Jessica C
    Posted at 08:08h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday, Caroline! It’s a great day for a birthday! It’s mine too 🙂 I look forward to this day all year, mainly for the cake 😉 but also because I always feel so loved and special! So glad you celebrated this weekend! Have a wonderful day!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:48h, 19 June Reply

    Praying this is the best year you’ve ever had… & God’s blessings just continue to POUR ALL OVER YOU!!!!!
    Happy Birthday beautiful one.

  • Keri McCue
    Posted at 10:18h, 19 June Reply

    I’ve always been one who never made a big thing about of my birthday either. Now you have me second thinking that!! Happy Birthday, friend! I hope this week and this year is amazing for you !!

  • Gladys Chuma
    Posted at 10:57h, 19 June Reply

    Happy birthday Caro!
    My birthday was yesterday.
    Wish you many more years.
    God bless you so much.

  • Dreaming of Diapers
    Posted at 10:59h, 19 June Reply

    Happiest of birthdays my friend!!! I’m so happy you celebrated beautiful you!! Praying that 33 brings you happiness and so much JOY!!! Lots of love sent your way!!! 🎉💙

  • Amie P
    Posted at 11:26h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday Caroline!!! I hope this is the best year yet!

  • Tedi at Running with Infertility
    Posted at 16:31h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday Caroline! I am so glad we’ve connected online. I hope and pray that this is your year to celebrate even more than just being you! 🙂

  • Val Coleman
    Posted at 18:28h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday!!! We always say 33 is the Jesus year!!! Everything He started out to do, would come down to Him finishing this year strong…Which only leads to God’s best flourishing afterwards!!! At the age of 33, He absolutely killed every plot satan had planned…haha! I bet satan wouldn’t have wanted Him to die had he known it meant his defeat. So yes! Celebrate with expectancy!

  • torthuil
    Posted at 19:16h, 19 June Reply

    Happy birthday! 33 is an awesome number. I like your reasons for celebrating. People feel bad sometimes about getting older or try to pretend they aren’t, but I always remind myself that getting older is a privilege and not everybody gets too.

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 13:38h, 20 June Reply

    I love all the celebrating!!! You looked so cute too!

  • Cate Koopmans
    Posted at 19:33h, 20 June Reply

    Hi! I totally just singled across your blog, and I feel like it was meant to be as June 19 is my birthday as well! I’ve been coping with infertility for another two years, so not too long, but your words have still been comforting. Bought your book, thank you!
    Cate

  • dubliner in deutschland
    Posted at 05:26h, 21 June Reply

    Yes you should celebrate! Happy Birthday! Looking fab 🙂

  • Alice Mills
    Posted at 09:20h, 21 June Reply

    My daughter in law did not want to celebrate her birthday this year. It was the first year without her mother. Instead, I gave her a very merry unbirthday the day before and when the day came, it wasn’t as awful as she feared.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 11:25h, 21 June Reply

    Hope you had a happy birthday (33???) – and a fun one!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:20h, 21 June Reply

    Happy Birthday! Don’t giant gold balloons just make birthdays so much more fun?!

  • Penny
    Posted at 16:04h, 21 June Reply

    Happy birthday! Looks like you had a fabulous time, your photos are fun and your birthday outfit is stunning.

  • C Nelson
    Posted at 20:20h, 21 June Reply

    Happy Birthday to you. Hope you had an excellent birthday. Your pics shows that you did

  • Heather Hart
    Posted at 07:30h, 22 June Reply

    Happy birthday! Birthdays are so fun! This year I snagged one of those Birthday Girl sashes from the dollar store and wore it all day. It was fun and silly, but I loved it.

  • Hope N. Griffin
    Posted at 07:55h, 22 June Reply

    Happy birthday! It looks like you have some wonderful friends.

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 09:01h, 22 June Reply

    Happy birthday, Caroline. You are so right. There is something to be thankful for. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  • Lo @ Mrs. Lo Tanner
    Posted at 11:27h, 22 June Reply

    Happy Belated Birthday, Caroline!! I hope you get your year of celebration!

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