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Monday, September 22, 2008

Just me

Today I turn 30 years old. Here's my 30 year portrait (taken by my personal photographer, Brian). I managed to crimp my hair and put some make up on for your viewing pleasure.











As I reflect on where I am and who I am today, I realize that I've already hit the big milestones of life.

I can drive. (age 16)
I graduated high school (age 17)
I can vote. (age 18)
I graduated college (age 19)
I got married (age 22)
I've had babies (age 25 and 28)

I feel like I'm past the big questions of what to do with my life....and I'm just coasting. It's admittedly not a bad place to be. There's nothing huge on the frontier, no big decision looming around the corner.

Ten years ago, as I was finishing up college, we were encouraged to write down some professional goals for ourselves. A five year goal was easy: I wanted to work full time as an interpreter and get my certifications. My ten year goal was something like this: to be married, have kids and still interpret a little bit.

I'm sure I didn't turn that in to the teacher, but in my heart I knew that I wanted a family more than I wanted a fabulous career. It is with amazement that I look back on the past 10 years and realize those aren't goals anymore. That's my life. When I contemplate my life as a whole, (opposed to details like back pain, dirty diapers and crusty kitchen floors) it is obvious that I have been blessed. I have all I've waited for and I could not ask for more.

If' you've been reading for a while but haven't ever left a note, here's your opportunity to give me a birthday present! Dare I ask for 30 comments for my 30th birthday? While you're at it, please comment on which picture should I pick to replace my profile photo.



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17 comments:

Melissa said...

I like the third picture! I hope you have a wonderful birthday here at work. ;)

I'm sure you'll have more fun when you get out of work with whatever Brian has planned for you! :)

Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog. Love your projects!
Happy b-day!

Flssgrl said...

Happy 30th Birthday Amy Jo!!!
I personally like the second picture as it seems to portray a little more personality to me......Have a great day!

Carole said...

Yay! Happy Birthday! It's a toss up for me between #2 & #3. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Amanda @ notsoextraordinary said...

happy birthday! i came over by way of melissa :) I vote for pic #2

Ronda said...

Happy Happy...the big 3-0! God you are so young!
I am glad you are exactly where you want to be. You deserve only the best.
I vote for picture #3 and am so glad you are going to update your profile pic! You are so much prettier than that. It's time to show the world who you are.
God Bless,
Ronda

Lindsey said...

Happy Birthday Amy Jo! I loved what you blogged about today. Very reflective and yes...you are blessed...and grateful. That is awesome-

All of the pictures are great...but I think my favorite is #2. I agree with a previous poster-you can see your personality thru the picture.

dana said...

fun pictures! Happy 30th! You've entered a new chapter of life.....your 20s are behind you. I turn 32 in November and wow...I'm creeping into my MID-30s already?
yikes.
Hope you have a fun birth-day, birthday week, and hey..birthday month!

Kristin said...

Happy Birthday, Amy Jo! That was a really sweet post. I like all of your new pics, but I think #2 and #3 are my faves. Hope you have a great evening! :)

Anonymous said...

Put me down for #2!
Happy Birthday!
:)
-Dana

ryleeandnoahsmom said...

Amy Jo- Happy 30th Birthday, girl! I've been "lurking" for months, so I'm glad to finally have the opportunity to comment and say hello. I LOVE picture #2. The expression on your face is great!
Let's get together soon, OK? I miss you.
Love,
Jen (Branch) Atkinson

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday Amy Jo! I like picture # 2 too. I hope you had a great birthday!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday to you!! :)

I pick number 2 picture...

Little Sweethearts said...

Happy Birthday Amy-Jo!

I vote for no. 3!

Joybells said...

Hey! I vote for #2!!!

Amy Jo - these photos are beautiful! YOu wear 30 WELL. Your life is a beautiful thing.

Traci said...

So, a little late, but Happy Birthday! If you are looking for a little..... hehum "seductive look" I'd go for #2.... otherwise I also like #3.


Hope you had a great day!

Love your Blog!

Traci

mom said...

Ha I see, you have chosen photo #2
That's my pick too. You are beautiful. Love you so much
mom

 

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