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How Old Are You Now?

Today is my 31st birthday!

That's me on the left... my adorable brother and sister on the right

About 4 years ago I realized that my birthday might never be the same. That was when I delivered my daughter, Claire on September 26th.

Claire, my sweet "little" girl (9lbs 6oz!)

Then two years later our son, Caleb came 5 weeks early, on September 14th.

Caleb, my really little guy (5lbs 12oz)

September 23rd was forever going to be in the shadow of September 14th and 26th.

Today my family is coming to visit, my mother is coming in from Georgia, my sister and brother from Connecticut. My sweet and beautiful niece will be here too. My father will be coming by tomorrow.
I’ve decided that they are all coming to celebrate my birthday.

WHAT? “you’ve decided, Donna“. Yep, that’s right. Even though they were planning on coming whether or not it was my birthday; I’ve decided that they are here to celebrate with me.
Just having my family around me on my birthday is a celebration. I don’t need a cake or presents. I just need them, my family. Although I may not have always felt this way, my family is a gift.

I am blessed.

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  • Shell
    September 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    What precious children! Beautiful photos.
    I feel like I know exactly what you mean about the birthdays… My oldest was born 6 days before my birthday. Then four years later, my youngest was born a week before mother’s day. I tell them that they are my birthday and mothers day gifts. I am so blessed by them!

    Have a wonderful birthday with your precious family!

  • aplaceforthoughts
    September 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Your children are precious! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy your family! Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!

  • Erin @ Closing Time
    September 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great day today!! 🙂

  • Penny
    September 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Go on & celebrate my new found friend! I share my birthday with your little one – September 14th. Last week my parents came in town – I know they love spending time with our 2 children – but I did the exact same thing – announced that they were here for my birthday.

    You deserve it! Celebrate to the fullest!!!

    You have an adorable family! Happy Birthday!

    ps- I turned 40! Yikes! Enjoy your 30’s!

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy
    September 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Being surrounded by family is a blessing and a reason to celebrate in itself. Have a wonderful birthday celebration!

  • Erin M.
    September 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    That’s right! It IS about you! And that’s ok to claim that every once in a while – especially on your birthday! Have a wonderful birthday and a blessed year!

  • Jennifer
    September 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Awww, sweet pictures. No better way to celebrate a birthday than to be surrounded by your family.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Andie
    September 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Sounds like you’ll have a lot of fun with your family! Happy- Happy Birthday! 😀

  • Stephanie @ MomKaboodle & The Helping Mommy
    September 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy BIRTHDAY dear Donna,
    Happy Birthday to you!

    My bday is on 9/11…talk about it being overshadowed!

    Have a wonderful visit with your family, and make sure you celebrate YOUR special day. =)

  • Kristin
    September 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Happy Birthday! One of my Littles was born ON my birthday so I appreciate your sentiments today. Enjoy time with your family and the celebration of the entire birthday month!

  • Teri Lynne Underwood
    September 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Love it … that’s how I think too!! And we live far from family as well but this year my favorite aunt will be here for my birthday! {Okay, really she has an appointment at Mayo the day after so they are staying with us that night but … I’ve decided, it’s for my birthday!!}

  • Ashley
    September 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Ashley
    September 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May your day be filled with joy abundantly!

  • Rachel
    September 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Hope it’s a super special day for YOU!! =)

  • Sharon O
    September 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    What beautiful little babies. Don’t they just change your life?
    wow. That was quite a weight difference. Have a wonderful Birthday.

  • Rebekah
    September 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I really do understand what you are saying about your family birthdays being too close. I was PRAYING that Grace wouldn’t be born early. I didn’t want her birthday too close to our wedding anniversary. We wouldn’t be able to go away for our anniversary EVER if it meant missing our little girl’s birthday!

    Here is an idea for you: Try celebrating your HALF birthday! Make a big deal out of it so that is isn’t so sad if you feel a little over looked on your actual birthday. You can even buy half of a cake at the grocery store! Wouldn’t that be fun?

  • Stephanie J
    September 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Becky @ Our Peaceful Home
    September 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I HOPE IT WAS FABULOUS! I’m going to be 30 in November. I don’t know if I’m ready for the big 3-0