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And now for 29.

I’m turning 29 years old today, so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite memories of my 28th year.

Exploring with Aviean…


Aviean’s not impressed by being fitted for her flower girl dress…


So many of my closest friends taking the time to have one last girls trip together…


Christan coming in town days before my wedding to help me… I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her, Kelly and the other girls who cared so much.


This little day in my life… wearing my grandmother’s wedding veil.


Hearing the pastor at my wedding talk about the eight children (fabulous five + foster kids) that lived in my home while I was still single.


Getting the chance to walk into a brand new life with a man who makes my dreams come true…


Laying on a private beach in the Bahamas with my new husband…


Changing my name on anything and everything…


Taking Aviean to Boo at the Zoo and seeing Paul fall head over heels for Aviean, just like anyone else who meets her.


And taking Aviean’s cousin Trick or Treating!  (Does anyone else notice how good Paul looks with kids?)


Continually reminding Snuggles and Cuddles that while having a daddy may be nice, mommy was here first.


Buying tickets to take Aviean to see her first Nutcracker ballet…


A married Christmas morning, just the two of us.


Taking Aviean to the Cabbage Patch Baby Land General Hospital… traumatic yet oddly entertaining at the same time.


After ignoring Aviean’s requests for breakfast (at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, thank you) being awoken by the feeling of something cold being slipped under my blankets…


My mother’s look when Paul presented her with this delicate gift on Mother’s Day…


For year 29, just a few things I wish for as I blow out my birthday candles today*:

a baby

more Netflix dates with Paul

the desire / ability to cook dinner more often

a baby

to be a better teacher to my two classes of college students

to become healthier

a baby

to go to the mountains more with my dad

to see the fab five be okay (they are not all okay)

a baby

to see the foster kids be okay (they are not all okay)

more snuggles and cuddles from Snuggles and Cuddles

and, oh I don’t know, maybe a baby?

* Just kidding about getting to blow out candles on a cake.  My mom ended that tradition years ago “because it puts too many germs on the top of the cake, Amy Beth.”

Past birthdays:

Turning 24.

Turning 25.

Turning 26.

Turning 27.

Turning 28.


Comment from CrysHouse
Time: September 3, 2013, 8:52 am

So I get that maybe you’d like a baby? LOL.

I wish that for you this year. While 29 was awesome, my 30s have been the best decade of my life (so far). I wish that kind of awesome for you, too.

(And for Paul, because, let’s face it, the ripple effect would offer him a bit of awesome…)

Comment from Amy G.
Time: September 3, 2013, 9:29 am

Happy birthday, Amy Beth! May all your birthday wishes come true! :)

Comment from Katie
Time: September 3, 2013, 1:38 pm

Wishing you a wonderful birthday, and an even better year! Hoping you get everything on your wish list!

Comment from Jamie
Time: September 3, 2013, 2:21 pm

Praying that ALL of your birthday wishes come true!
Can’t wait for that baby one to be a reality!!!

Comment from Destiny
Time: September 3, 2013, 3:44 pm

Happy, HAPPY, Birthday AB!

Comment from Melissa C
Time: September 3, 2013, 4:27 pm

Happy Birthday! So happy to see a blog post from you today! Hmm, if you had a baby, would that give you more or less time to blog? :D

Comment from Cyndi
Time: September 3, 2013, 9:06 pm

Happy birthday, Amy Beth! So nice to see an update from you. I hope all of your wishes come true. All the best to you and Paul!

Comment from Erin
Time: September 3, 2013, 10:45 pm

I hope that all your wishes come true!!! And I laughed out loud about the can of Grands under your sheets!!! That is so funny. I will be praying for you on the Baby wish!!! And for your fab five/foster kids … Trusting Hebrews 13:5 – “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”

Comment from nlynch
Time: September 4, 2013, 8:23 am

Happy Birthday AB!!!
Praying that all of your wishes come true.
You WILL be such a great mom.

Comment from Bernadine
Time: September 4, 2013, 3:59 pm

Happy Birthday Amy Beth!

Comment from Carmen
Time: September 5, 2013, 2:48 am

Happy, Happy Birthday!! Hope it’s FAB-ulous! :) ) Praying all your wishes come true :) x

Comment from Angela
Time: September 5, 2013, 1:03 pm

Awww happy happy birthday dear Amy Beth! May the Lord bless this year, and grant you the desires of your heart (and a baby!)!

Comment from Jmom@lotsofscotts
Time: September 8, 2013, 9:31 pm

Praying blessings on your year sweet friend!! Trusting God with His perfect timing for granting the desires of your heart!

Comment from meme
Time: September 16, 2013, 6:50 pm

You don’t know me at all, but I came across your website and you sounds like a wonderful person.

On the baby making front this trick has worked for a couple of people I know. Do or plan something where a baby would be inconvenient. Start renovating your house or move; set a trip for 2 a long time in advance were baby would be VERY difficult, you name it. Then stop trying, it’s not convenient, just enjoy married life. For some folks, baby shows up when it is least expected.

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