on turning 28.

i turn 28 tomorrow.  i’ve been preparing for this day for a while.  this summer I would say,
“JB, do you know December 17th I will be (said very slowly, for dramatic effect)
… weird.
age is a funny thing.
last year i was in panama on a beach.
tomorrow and tonight i’ll be celebrating with family.
and you know what?
every age
(aside from maybe some incredibly awkward teenage years)
deserves to be my favorite.  to be celebrated.
i am not one of those people who says to high schoolers or college kids
“enjoy it!  it’s all down hill from here…”
because for every year in my life,
 i’ve thought “this is pretty cool.  this is my fave”
of course there are some years that are tough.
some filled with disease, a loneliness, death, lots of growing pains.
but like this little bottle cap tells us.
growing older is a privilege denied to so many.
i feel we have a responsibility to those we have lost to appreciate the here and now.
to be thankful for this day.  we’re alive.  and this world is pretty magnificent.

last year i quoted sabrina ward – and i feel like i’ve been living that outloud for the past two years.
this year I’d like this to be my inspiration for my 28th year (:
Happy Weekend friends!
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  • Reply Daryl

    Yay birthdays! happy happy times indeed. I love both of those quotes…so wise!

    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings, and Other things.
    Enter My Shabby Apple Giveaway While There is Still Time!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Carolyn

    Happy almost birthday!! πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Happy Almost Birthday!! I am the exact same mindset as you – I think every year is the best and life just gets better and better. And of course birthdays should be celebrated.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply carolyn

    lovely quotes, and great reminders! happiest birthday, sarah!!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Julie

    You share my hubby's birthday, but he'll be 29 πŸ™‚ Happy early birthday!!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Mariel Torres

    Happy early birthday darling! I hope it's absolutely wonderful… btw, you've inspired me when you said that every age deserved to make it on the fave list. It's true! Awesome motto to live by. After all, every year is a marvelous gift from God.


    December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Adriane

    Tomorrow is my birthday too! Happy birthday to both of us!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Elle

    Beautiful post! Have a wonderful birthday and a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Ash

    What is it about this weekend? I have a high school/blogger friend, my sister-in-law, AND my dad who all have birthdays this weekend (: Must mean it's time to party.. And I couldn't agree with you more, I think every age and every year has been beautiful in it's own way, and it's important to celebrate and rejoice in each age and year! I hope you have a splendid and lovely birthday (: xoxo

    December 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Linda Chapman

    Happy Birthday!! CELEBRATE! I know you already ARE!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Coleen

    goose.bumps. amen! love you stuck!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply LMF

    Happy Birthday! I hope your day is beautiful and wonderful. I have a picture of that same bottle cap. I used to not mention my age or say different ages to confuse people. A lot of my friends even got a bit confused about how old I was. I wasn't worried about getting older so much as whenever you mention a number people seem to have preconceived ideas about how you should be at that number. I saw that bottle cap right around a friend's birthday who had recently passed. She was an amazing girl and left this world much too early. She wasn't allowed the privilege of growing older and those words just clicked for me. I no longer lie about my age or evade answering the question. We all think her soul was much to big for this world and God needed her there with him. She's probably having a glass of red wine with him now and maybe even spilling a bit on his robe. I know Heaven is an amazing place but it's probably a whole lot more fun with her up there. πŸ™‚ Thank you for all of your lovely words.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Kathryn Elise

    Happy Birthday ! I turn 20 tomorrow πŸ™‚ yay December babies!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Ashlyn

    Happy birthday!! Embrace it! & I agree you have to learn to love every detail of your life πŸ™‚ have a great time with family!

    xoxo. ashlyn
    my unrehearsed life

    December 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Holly

    I agree with you, each year I think life keeps getting better & better! Happy Early Birthday to you! πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Grace

    Life does keep getting better! It's beautiful and we truly need to embrace it. Happy happy birthday and I hope you have a fantastic day!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Happy Birthday to you!! I've been following your blog for a few months now, but this is my first comment.. You're right, birthday's are always worth celebrating, at every age. Cheers to 28!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Emily- Simply Southern

    have a great birthday weekend! And I will try and remember your advise, I have always look forward to getting older actually!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Sheila

    Aw happy birthday Sarah! I love the quote and never thought of thinking in that mindset before!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Ashlee

    I Love this! I Love this so much!!
    I just turned 21, in June, and I've had so much joy and happiness being 21. (who doesn't?) but for the most part people have told me "Live it up because after that everything just sucks."…..Really? Because I would think things would keep getting better and getter. I thought turning 16 was awesome, then I turned 18 and that was my favorite. But then I turned 20 and had a blast…and 21 has been AMAZING. I can't wait to turn 22. yeah, it won't be as cool to not be able to say "I'M 21" but I think I will like it just fine.

    Turning of an age is just another year of life that you've lived through and conquered. Whats so bad about that?
    Enjoy your last day of 27 Girl, and go ROCK 28 πŸ™‚

    -Ashlee Michelle

    December 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Anna

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Hope tomorrow is fabulous! Celebrate and enjoy it!


    December 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Christine loves to Travel

    Happy Happy Birthday Sarah!!!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply theyuppiefiles

    Happy Birthday! I turn 29 in February, which is daunting as my last year in my 20's. What great messages to keep as a reminder though.

    Enjoy it & look forward to a great year- 28 was (is) pretty fun πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Happy birthday! You are in such a fabulous phase of life. Newly married, pre-kids, but out of school. Enjoy every last second of it. The next phases are pretty awesome too, but it will be different. Enjoy and have fun!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Miss Bibliophile

    What nice thoughts about aging! Happy, happy birthday!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply meg fee

    happy, happy birthday tomorrow! and thank you for the life mantras–certainly things i feel the need to explore more and dive into!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Liz

    happy happy birthday tomorrow my friend!!! you deserve the best day in the world. hope it's magical!!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply hrck the herald

    I'm a quote fiend, and I haven't seen that last one! I love it, and I might use to as my mantra for 2012 as well. Good find, and the happiest of birthdays to you tomorrow!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Yellow Ribbon

    Happy Birthday, lovely lady! Enjoy…and take lots of pictures of the festivities (I'm sure you will!) πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Jessi @ Life, The Epic Journey

    Happy Birthday!!

    I've always thought that life should get even better with each year.

    If we continue to try to develop our dreams and talents, and refuse to become stagnate, then every single birthday should be a wonderful one.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Lottie

    Thst means it's your birthday today so…HAPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!!!

    I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day and get spoilt rotten, you deserve it!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Happy almost birthday! Enjoy! And I agree, each new year is the favorite year! Hopefully little Lola will be giving you lots of puppy kisses!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Casey

    Why, what a lovely thing to live out loud. Totally agree, none of this downhill-business, just soak it up and celebrate! Happy Birthday!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    knowing your life is so great at 28 makes me feel less terrified of turning 25 next september πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply joelizabeth

    Firstly, Happy Birthday. And what a beautiful post. How wonderfully that was put. Love your positivity and your love of life. We could all learn a thing or two from you. Thanks for sharing!

    December 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Allison

    28 is a great age to be! Happy Birthday!

    December 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I really love your outlook on this, i am only 25 but sometimes i think time is going so fast and i wish i were still in college or in high school, etc etc. It's good to remember to appreciate life now and enjoy it.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny

    Aww Happy EARLY Birthday gorgeous!! I'm sure it will be absolutely wonderful, you deserve it!! Can't wait to see your event page when its done! I wish I lived in Florida, I would LOVE for you to do my future wedding!! xoxo

    December 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Megan

    both december babies..both with b days that fell on a saturday. i think we were just made for each other.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Lyndsay

    Happy (Early) Birthday! The quote on the bottle cap is great. It's funny, birthdays celebrate the anniversary of your birth, yet too many people groan about how many they've had. How positive you are (about turning twenty-eight and everything else you write) is so refreshing and inspiring!

    December 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply The Arizona Russums

    happy birthday, sweet girl. hope your weekend and year are blessed!

    December 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Meggan of Lila Grace

    Have a wonderful birthday!! I love that quote too :)!

    December 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply katOUT

    Those are beautiful quotes…something to live life by. Happy Birthday!

    December 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Happy early birthday to one of the most beautiful and wonderful girls I've met! You're such an inspiration to all who know you! πŸ™‚ Hope this year is your best ever! xoxo

    December 17, 2011 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Emily [Bulldogs and Babies]

    Happy Birthday, We are almost exactly a month apart. 27 is a good age, it's hard to see it go.

    December 17, 2011 at 12:52 am
  • Reply Michelle {lovely little things}

    Have a fabulous birthday!

    December 17, 2011 at 1:20 am
  • Reply DiamondsandTulle

    Happy Birthday Sarah! I love this sentiment, that every year should be your favorite! I

    xx Vivian @

    December 17, 2011 at 3:13 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    Aww hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday weekend!! xoxo

    December 17, 2011 at 3:18 am
  • Reply NosyRosie

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I like to refer to 28 as "Knockin on 30's door!" : )

    December 17, 2011 at 5:02 am
  • Reply Sara Louise

    Happy birthday and bon weekend Sarah! You have so many wonderful things to look forward to, but I think that you know that πŸ™‚
    And trust me… it only gets better x

    December 17, 2011 at 5:26 am
  • Reply hayley []

    cheers to the next best year ever πŸ™‚ xo!

    December 17, 2011 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Kristina

    happy birthday my dear sarah! I hope you have a wonderful day! and I LOVE your quote. It is SO true!! I lost one of my best friends this year and it just made me cry… we are privileged and need to be thankful each and every single day!! xox

    December 17, 2011 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Louise

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow beautiful girl! I completely agree with everything you've written. I couldn't have put it better myself. You should feel so proud of where you've gotten to. And only 28 years young. Ps. where did you find that amazing bottle top pic? xoxo

    December 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday dearie!

    December 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Raven

    I just love you.

    and happy birthday πŸ™‚

    December 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Liesl

    LOVE the bottle top saying and think it is oh so true! Hope you had a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Sending lots of virtual cupcakes, ice cream and balloons your way! You are looking as beautiful as ever and I hope you have the loveliest year ahead!

    Liesl πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2011 at 1:08 am
  • Reply tiny dancer

    These are so cute! I really needed to hear these – as my birthday is next week πŸ˜›


    December 18, 2011 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Ana

    Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2011 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Meryl & Russell McLendon

    Happy birthday! you are 28 and fabulous!

    December 18, 2011 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Cyn

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you had an amazing day πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2011 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Candace

    Happy Birthday!!

    December 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply β™₯ CheChe

    i've always felt this way about age. I've always wanted to get older and I remember a time being so depressed that I didn't think I would be able to continue living on this planet to even reach 18. And now I'm twenty-two and loving life all because of my Lord and Savior. so blessed by the priviledge that is GROWTH no matter if it is years or spiritually or emotionally. I just love GROWING.

    Well, not too much in the waist but that seems to be happening anyways. ha ha


    December 19, 2011 at 2:04 am
  • Reply Emily

    happy birthday sweetums!! hope you had the best weekend ever!! love your attitude about life, and i may have to steal your new quote for 2012 too. xxxx birthday kisses from NC!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:11 am
  • Reply yours truly, melissa

    hope your bday was lovely and you celebrated it up right!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:35 am
  • Reply K

    Happy (belated) Birthday! Hope you had a great day!

    December 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Happy belated birthday, Sarah!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm
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