Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Birthday Thoughts

Today is here.
My big 3-0.
I couldn't be more excited!
I'm not sure what it is, but I'm so happy to be turning 30.  
I'm going to try to take a look at things closer:

I've been thinking about my life lately.  All I can really say is What.A.Blessing.  What.A.Blessing.

I've written about community in terms of raising a child-ya know...takes a village to raise a child-well, that goes for me as well.  {Here I go...getting all choked up.}  I think about the people that have come in and out of my life and can not stop to ponder God's love for me.  He has provided such a wonderful group of people to be part of my life over these 30 years.

My family. My friends. My in-laws. My church. And John and Burl.  Oh, how thankful I am for them!  Right now, I'm trying to find the words to describe how people have loved me, and I'm at a loss.  Instead, I just keep pausing and being in complete awe of the relationships that the Lord has given to me.  They have given me words, courage, strength, love and joy, joy, joy.  Man, have they give me joy.  JOY!

In all the ups and downs of my life, all the trials and tribulations, all the joys and blessings, I have to say that I've had a perfect life.  

This week I've been thinking about my life and my regrets.  Sure, I've made some mistakes, some embarrassing mistakes, said stupid things, done stupid things, but this week all I think about is high school art.  That's the only thing that I really regret (right now. this week.)

I regret being too scared to take art.  I wanted to so bad, but the practical side of me shamed me into thinking that it was a waste of time.  I couldn't draw a face, so I had no art inside me.  However, as the art students carried around their projects, talked about what to do, I had jealousy growing inside of me.  

Particularly I remember when they made books.  Page filled books.  With quotes and cut outs and really awesome paper.  And I went home and tried to do it myself with tape and cardboard and construction paper and failed miserably.  

And here I am, 30 years old, wanting to make and have fun and "waste time" doing art.  Well, art I will make.  And that community that the Lord has given me, bless them.  I have friends and family that encourage me and give me words and courage when I don't feel like I'm good enough to do it.  

Props to art.
Props to my friends.
Props to my family.
Props to birthdays that make me think.
And Mad Props to the Lord for being the first one to make art. 

{All pictures have nothing to do with this post except that they make my birthday more fun.
I got them from Suziebeezie.}


  1. happy happy birthday!!!!! I'm glad you're as happy as you make others. yay for 30 years of meg!!!!!

  2. Happy Birthday Meg!! It was so, so good to see you on Tuesday! Burl is a doll baby and I can't wait to see how unbelievably cute your daughter will be! I really hope you celebrated your birthday with a Coke. A big, burning, fountain Coke. :)

  3. First of all, you are amazingly artistic.Anyone who went to The Linen Closet saw that. Second, you are truly the most positive person I know. Third, you shine God's light from every pore. People are drawn to you and you show them how to do it themselves. Happy 30th. Happy Life!

  4. Happy Birthday! A beautiful post. It's like you were reading my mail. I have dreamed of being an artist my whole life but never knew how to direct that interest as my drawing skills were sorely lacking. Your blog is just lovely.

  5. Thanks for the sweet blog comment -- maybe we are kindred spirits! Happy birthday xoxo

  6. I saw your post on Chatting at the Sky. As a newly 30 year old myself who has unmet dreams and desires... ones that may be viewed as "time wasters"... I encourage you to pursue art. I've asked myself for years, even as a high school student... "how can I train and prepare my children to chase their dreams and reach their goals if I, myself, am not showing them by my own actions?" Be encouraged today. :)

  7. So, this is such a beautifully written post! Brava, lady.

    AND I've got to check out this Suziebeezie site because this post (like all of your others) is full of the most lovely pictures. Thank you for the eye candy.

  8. You already are art scaredy cat! How cute is your little family and your tiny blue eyed babe?! Loving your blog! I'm your newest fan! xox!