Thankful to Celebrate Another Year (1)

Thankful to Celebrate Another Year of Life

Thankful to Celebrate Another Year (1)

YAY! Today is my birthday! Last year was the first year I have ever mentioned my birthday on my blog before, which was around the same time I really felt like the Lord was speaking to me on celebrating life.

So much has kept me from celebrating. My circumstances around me have kept me from celebrating. Another year gone by with no babies in my has kept me from celebrating. The “who cares it’s just another year” attitude has kept me from celebrating. But last year and this year are different.

I can assume that many of you have had the same thoughts, especially the “who cares about birthdays when you are in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond” attitude. That has been my thought process most years too. But I also know that today isn’t promised. I know that I should consider every day a gift. I know that so many people, even young people, never get to see their next birthday and because of all of that, I am choosing to not only acknowledge the day, but celebrate it too. Celebrate all the blessings I do have. Celebrate another year of life. Celebrate all the good that has happened over the past year. Celebrate how I have grown and matured. And celebrate the goodness of love of my faithful Heavenly Father.

Thankful to Celebrate Another Year (2)

So today I am 34. It’s certainly not what I thought it would be. But, I do know that 34 years is a gift and for that, I am thankful. I am thankful for my Savior. I am thankful for my family, my marriage, my friends, this online community, and Moms in the Making which is God’s ministry that I get to be a part of and of course, so much more. I am thankful that God has extended me grace over the past 34 years. I’m thankful for the hardships life has brought and the blessings it has brought too. And, I am thankful in advance, for another year ahead.

Here is to 34. Ultimately, I don’t know what the upcoming year will look like. I don’t know what I will be doing a year from now. I don’t know if I will have babies in my arms a year from now. I don’t know if I will still be helping lead a ministry a year from now, but no matter what this year brings I hope I continue to have the attitude of celebration! It’s much more fun this way!

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  • Christy Tanusaputra
    Posted at 08:29h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday, Caroline! I love your sentiments! God is certainly celebrating you today, so I’m glad you are joining in. 🙂

  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 08:54h, 19 June Reply

    Happy Birthday Caroline! I hope you have an amazing day and know how greatly you bless me and this community! Thank you for setting a beautiful example of being present and thankful for each day and the opportunities God sets before you!

  • Jessica C
    Posted at 09:05h, 19 June Reply

    Happy birthday, Caroline!! I’m turning 30 today and your post is a great reminder as I’ve also been reflecting on expectations vs reality as I enter a new decade…truly each year is a gift, even if sometimes it’s hard to see it that way! Thank you for sharing your heart — prayers for you in a new year!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 14:37h, 19 June Reply

    Can I just say thank you, thank you, and thank you again, Caroline?! What I am waiting on right now is the pre-cursor to what you are waiting on and yet the 3 posts I read including this one are like SHOTS IN THE ARM! (And I can relate so much.) What an amazing faith you have…what amazing hope…and what immense JOY you will have when the Lord comes through for you in the biggest ways imaginable. If today is a good day for you then I am glad. If it’s wearying and not…then I would like to tell you what a HUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEE encouragement you have been to me at a time when I am at my most low and most weary in my waiting. Thank you so much for being that and I thank the Lord for using you to do this for me in this time of your waiting. I am convinced that you and I will count this time as NOTHING AT ALL compared to when the promise comes. The JOY will overwhelm us. Bless you!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:32h, 20 June Reply

    I’ll tell you again – Happy Birthday.
    34 – still a baby 😉 Enjoy all those wonderful days – each & every one that lay before you.

  • Amber
    Posted at 12:13h, 20 June Reply

    Happy Birthday, Caroline!! You are making such an impact in this world!

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