All I ever wanted.

25 years ago or so, if you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd say a mama. I'd say I'd want to marry a good boy. I'd say I wanted to go to school first and be married a few years before I had kids.  I'd say I wouldn't want to work too much so I could enjoy my kids.  I'd say I would want to raise my kids in the Pray Road farmhouse I grew up in.  I'd probably say I wanted a sewing machine and a few animals.

I distinctly remember blowing out candles, closing my eyes to make a wish, and wishing I'd have a family someday.  Goodness, I must have been 9 or 10.  Those wishes...sometimes they do come true.  And sometimes not just one wish, but sometimes a whole bunch of wishes really do come true.  I'm living my fantasy almost exactly.

Only I'm not in the Pray Road farmhouse. I live in the home of my dreams-an even more amazing house in a coastal town in Maine.

Even during these cold winter months when the days are short and our time spent outside is brief, there's so much light and sunshine in my heart.  Dreams really do come true.  Today in particular, I'm so incredibly thankful for another year living my fantasy.  And cake. I'm thankful for cake too (hint hint, dear husband of mine.)  And we can just gloss over how high that number called 'age' really is now.  Yikes.  Back to the thankfulness...that's much more fun to think about. I am incredibly blessed.


  1. So, so happy for you. You are the creator of your dreams. Enjoy!

  2. Have a happy, wonderful birthday with all the blessings God has bestowed on you!!!

  3. I followed a link from "The Little Acre That Could" - and NOW I am so happy i did . . . what a gorgeous, dream come true - you have created here . . .

    Happy January!

  4. Happy, happy, birthday! Wishing you many blessings and more dreams come true!

  5. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a spectacular day, and I hope that Justin makes you a cake and doesn't eat it all on you ;)

  6. I read that twice because the first time I didn't pick up on the clues that it is your birthday. Sneaky girl. I guess that would be a small detective/investigator fail on my part. lol Thankfully, it's not too late to say happy birthday to a dear lady whose life story has stolen my heart. Who cares how high the age-numbers get? As long as you feel as happy as you do today. :-) Happy Birthday!

  7. This is just the sweetest thing. I can imagine you as a little girl praying for exactly what you have right now. I, on the other hand, never wished for what I have now but it has far surpassed any of my previous expectations :)

    Wishing you the best birthday ever! I hope you had a wonderful day - it sounds like you did :)



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