December 10 on 10

The last month has been filled with travel and family.  We spent a wonderful 10 days in beautiful Palm Springs, CA, celebrating my uncle's 70th.  Of course we had to steal some time away to visit Joshua Tree and take in some of our favorite sites in the area.  It was so hard to say goodbye at the end of our trip, but what wonderful memories were made!

This post is part a blog circle, celebrating every day life.  Please continue on in the circle and visit the very talented Mandalyn Renicker as she shares a glimpse in to her daily life over the last month.


I don’t think there is a better way to celebrate a birthday thank watching the sunrise the hour you were born.

Saturday morning started at 5:15 am with a hot shower, a hilarious birthday card from my husband, and staring at myself in the mirror.  As I studied my face I wondered if I looked my new age – could people tell I was a year older…beginning the last year of my 30’s?  The wrinkles around my eyes and on my forehead seemed more pronounced than they did the day before.

Many times people consider the “0” birthdays as the big ones, but for me it’s always been the “9” birthdays that feel really significant.  They’ve been the ones I’ve looked back and reflected on what the last decade of life brought me, as well as a time that I looked forward to try and present my best footing for the new decade ahead.  Needless to say, there has been a lot of contemplating and reflecting the last few months, and definitely excitement, but also some fear and feelings of really being aware of how precious our time with loved ones is.

After showering, packing up and checking out of our hotel, the next stop was Starbucks for that all-important free birthday drink, and then on to Bombay Hook to catch the sunrise.  It was cold, and neither David nor I were prepared for that kind of cold, but I could help but feel lucky to be standing next to my best friend, enjoying the beauty around us.