Monday, August 4, 2008

33

I remember when I was young, and adults did not seem to care what they got for their birthday. They just wanted to relax, or do something boring like that.
Now, I get it. I know that the best gifts, the ones that really matter, don't come in pretty little packages. They are given to us in moments, seconds even. True gifts, are the memories we keep with us forever.
Gifts, like listening to my one year old sing happy birthday his way.
Gifts, like my daughter whispering that she loves me too.
Gifts, like my oldest reaching out to hold my hand.


At 33, I know how good I have it.
I get to live each day with my soul mate.
We have been able to create, carry, and give birth to three, perfect little babes, without even the tiniest problem.
I know the small things I love,
Like seeing a front porch light on, on a rainy afternoon.
The smell of snow.
Painted toenails.
At 33, I think when I look in the mirror, I am starting to see more of who I am, and less of what I look like.
So, today is my birthday. Yes, it is.
This is going to be a good year.

43 comments:

APA said...

Happy, happy 33rd Birthday! And many more years of beautiful moments & seconds. This is your day!...Ana

QuiltedSimple said...

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Katie!
Happy birthday to you!

And many more.....ENJOY YOUR DAY
Kris

Hilary said...

Happy birthday! What a wonderful post -- very touching.

P.S. I love your latest shrug, too!

lucky knitter said...

Happy birthday! Very sweet sentiment.

beki said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! Yes, you get it ;-)

Karen said...

Great observations -- Have a wonderful birthday!

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Birthday, you are a wise woman already to know what really copunts and how blessed you are:>)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Katie!!!! You are always right on my heels in age....but in 2 months I'll be another step ahead haha.....

your big sis

apieceofwood said...

Happy Birthday.. wishing you a great day!

angie said...

Happy Birthday! I'm 33 as well, and I've found the same things you have. My 30's have far exceeded my highest expectations! Wishing you a wonderful year.

Shannon said...

Happy birthday Katie! I love that you said you now see more of who your are and less what you look like. I feel the same. Very insightful!

Here's to a great year ahead!

Sarah and Jack said...

Hapde Burfday!

Kelsi said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you are having a wonderfully, happy day.

I loved reading this post. I can only hope when I reach 33 I am able to reflect as beautifully as you are.

On a non-birthday note, I loved your knit, "Flo." I don't trust my knitting abilities yet, but one day I will gather enough courage and FLO will be what I will attempt.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Happy Birthday! That was beautifully said, and I hope you have a fantastic day/week/years to come.

craftoholic said...

Happy Birthday Katie :-)

yellowfarmhouse said...

A Happy 33 to you Katie - I love the view of your life so far and how you appreciate everything - very lovely and sweet. Hope your day is full of wonderfulness :)

Hugs - Karen

house on hill road said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Katie! Hope you enjoy every moment.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Sending birthday wishes your way. Such an eloquent post and so very true! Have a great day.

My Love is..... said...

happy 33. what a beautiful post to share your birthday with us. have a great day.

sheepish one said...

happy birthday, katie!

Me said...

Happy Birthday! Isn't it great that the older we get the more we "get it". Just lovely...Enjoy!

Blayne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Hi -- i just discovered your blog today! You make beautiful/amazing things! I hope you enjoy your birthday!

Blayne

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday - you've been given the best gift of all it seems, self-love. :) I hope you enjoyed your day and have a wonderful year ahead!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday!

Munchkins and Music said...

Visiting your blog for the first time! Happy Birthday!

Suzanne said...

Happy happy day! I'm so glad I stopped by today just to see this and be able to wish you the very best! It [truly] only gets better!

Jennifer P said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Marcia said...

Happy Birthday!

bizzy mommy said...

wishing you a very happy and blessed birthday! and many more to come!!

a friend to knit with said...

ahhh katie! i hope i am not too late to the party!
happy birthday!!!!!!!

Elise said...

Happy Birthday!!
Elise

Regi said...

Happy Birthday hon... hope it was wonderful!

~Regi

Java Mama said...

Happy 33rd! Speaking from personal experience, the higher the number the better the year. Hope the same is true for you.

Sara said...

Happy Birthday! I'm turning 31 this year and the same is true for me now. Seeing the beauty of who I am helps me see that in other people too, even if they can't see it in themselves yet. We miss Maine and all its summer treasures. Glad you're enjoying them. Sara

Steph said...

Yeah! Happy B-day to you! I'm 2 years ahead of you -- and I can honestly say that the 30s are awesome!

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Happy Birthday!

Sandy said...

Happy belated birthday! I tried to comment before, but had a computer hiccup. Anyways, it sounds like you are very blessed. And I hope your year continues to showyou many more blessings.

Knitterella said...

Happy Birthday to you! Wish you the BEST year!

Fairlightday said...

Happy Belated Birthday Katie.
It's good to grow older isn't it?
Life has blessed us with so much
and the days only get sweeter.
I'm glad you enjoyed your special day.

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday! I loved this post. I feel blessed, too. I think we all continue to grow and get to know ourselves as we grow older. I think that each phase of life teaches us more about ourselves. I have learned so much from being a mother. It's a gift.
Hope you enjoyed your day.

Levin (and Emily) said...

i had my birthday on the 7th! i would have to agree with you - it's the simple things that make you realise how lucky we really are. your post brought tears to my eyes as you are so right.
enjoy your 33rd year - and feel safe in the knowledge that it just gets better....
happy birthday
l
x

amandajean said...

happy belated birthday! I hope it was fabulous! 33 is a great age. :)

Gretchen said...

Oh i love what you said about looking into the mirror. I've felt the same way this year (32)