I've entered a new decade...my 30s. And I have to say that it was quite possibly the best party I've ever had, amazing ambience, delicious food, delightful company. I couldn't have asked for a better way to ring in the new decade and to remember how far I've come.
We dined at Boat Street Kitchen, a private affair, with a menu handpicked by me.
Two very beautiful gals showed up in the same outfit and just so happened to be sitting by each other...my friends have great taste and great attitudes...they didn't mind a bit and they made for a good photo.
There was a bit of a theme...from the invites that displayed a scanned piece of my 30th birthday goal afghan, to the party favors which were a set of four crocheted coasters, to my handcrafted necklace (made by Rebekah)...and to me, they all symbolized the journey I've been on thus far...these first 30 years I have been a daughter, sister, friend, student, employee, wife, aunt and mother and becoming a mother was probably one of the most challenging things yet.
For nearly two years I felt as though my body wasn't my own, my thoughts weren't my own, my time wasn't my own. But it has been a year since Wes stopped nursing and has been sleeping through the night so now, turning 30, I feel like I'm in a really good place. I feel like I have been able to reclaim my mind, body, and creativity. Creating an afghan that I get to keep is symbolic of wanting to THRIVE rather than survive...I want to create, to read, to spend time with encouraging and loving people. And thankfully I get to.
Every woman that sat in that room (and those who didn't) has been a part of my journey and I'm so grateful for every way in which I've learned from them, laughed with them, shared life with them. I am truly blessed and I can't wait to see what I become in this coming decade but I know that the Lord will guide me and that he has provided many confidants to walk with me all the way.
There wasn't a dull moment, as I swapped seats around the table everyone chatted with ease.
This week I've been reliving the evening and the love I felt...I couldn't be happier. The next day, my actual birthday (10.10.10), was spent with Jeff...eating brunch at A Caprice Kitchen, shopping at Swanson's, napping and then off to pick up Wes from Jeff's parents and dinner at my parents with my brother and his girlfriend. What a spectacular weekend!
(thank you to Rachel for these photos...can you believe I forgot my own camera?)