Hello, Thirty-Five

Monday, June 23, 2014

I turned 35 this weekend. And I can truly say I've never felt stronger. I am still loving my thirties. It's such a great place to be standing. I can see how far I've come, but I am still well aware of how far I have to go. I've worked to build a family and a home, and now I get to keep pursuing the hard work of raising them up. I can't wait to see what the future holds.

I think this past year God has really taught me how to let go of all judgement and just love people. To break out of my bubble and see people more with His eyes instead of my own limited vision and understanding. And it feels really good. It feels free. And it reminds me of how desperately I need a savior.

My husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I told him I would love three things:

1. Some new (hot pink) Kicks.
2. To run 8 miles.
3. To have some time alone to shop, and then sit at a bookstore and read.

Well I got all three! It was such a wonderful day. And I made the decision this weekend to officially sign up for my very first Half Marathon. It's in October and I can't wait! Running has been such a gift to me. I'm kind of wondering why it took me until my mid-thirties to discover this gift. But if I really think about it, it's such perfect timing in terms of where I'm at physically, emotionally and spiritually. I really think this is God's way of offering me a special time slot with him - while out on my long runs. I love how He pursues me. And I love that at different phases of life, He gives us different strengths and abilities and passions. And He also gives us new ways to spend time with Him.

35 is looking amazing so far.



  1. I'm right there with you--recently discovering a love for running and training for a half marathon in October! I love how you spent your birthday! And I LOVE your pink!!

    1. How wonderful we're on this journey together Laura! How's it going for you? We still have four months to enjoy the training! And thank you for liking my pink shoes! My husband says they're "loud". lol :)

  2. Yayyyy!! Love this! Great inspiration.

  3. This is wonderful (and so are you). Happy Birthday Mama!

    1. Aww, Ashlee thank you SO much!!! xoxo


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