Today, I am 30.

30 on the 30th.

Seems appropriate to make a list of 30 things that I am grateful for on my 30th birthday on the 30th.

I am thankful for being able to drink my coffee while it’s still hot. My health. Spell check. I am thankful for our tankless hot water heater that lets me take the longest hottest shower I want on a cold morning. I am thankful for crisp autumn air and turtlenecks. I am thankful that I don’t know everything people say about me behind my back. I am thankful for unconditional love from friends and family. I am thankful for hope, maybe, someday, dreams, and tomorrow. I am thankful for mint chocolate chip ice cream. I am thankful for a sink full of dishes at the end of the day because it means we eat well. I am thankful for my dishwasher. I am thankful for little curious sticky fingers. I am thankful for vinegar because it cleans up all the messes from those little fingers. I am thankful for spontaneous phone calls to say “Hi, I was thinking of you”. I am thankful for handmade cards and homemade dinners by someone other than me. I am thankful for cell phones, email and the internet that keep me connected to those I love. I am thankful for knowing when to turn them all off and step back into my real life. I am thankful for toast with peanut butter. I am thankful for the honor of being “mama”. I am thankful for the beach. I am thankful for flip flops. I am thankful for 30 years of experiences that have made me who I am today.

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  1. Happy 30th on the 30th! Love the list – I’m totally with you on the priviledge of being a mother, which is so cool, and definately with you on the coffee. :) They seem to go hand in hand with kids. Have a great day!

  2. Happy, happy birthday Emily. You have an awful lot of wisdom packed into three decades. Your list was super sweet as well.

  3. Happy Birthday Emily, hope you have a great day!

  4. Happy Birthday.

    Enjoy the day!

  5. Happy birthday! There will be lots more good stuff to come!

  6. Thank you all for the very sweet and wonderful birthday wishes!

  7. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

  8. Happy Birthday Dear One ! Your thirties are lovely years – no longer a 20 something – womanhood only works better from 30 onwards – finding your ‘authentic self’ seems to happen in the 30s I think.

    And thanks to you I have a new additional bit of me – – inspired to some real extent by you and your world here :) le

  9. Happy Birthday.
    I am thankful to God, for ALL things.

  10. Hi Emily,

    30 is right around the corner for me too. Happy Birthday! Hope this next decade is the best. ;-)


  11. From one 30-year-old to another, happy birthday! :D

  12. I really liked this post. I am turning 30 in five months and have been feeling sad about it for the past seven. I never thought I would be that way, but I still feel like I haven’t figured everything out yet that I thought I would by 30. Your post was a reminder that even though I still have a long way to go, I have a lot to be grateful for and a lot of wonderful blessings and experiences in my life. So, I’m going to start my own list like yours for my birthday next year. I hope you had a great day.


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