January 8, 2017

Today I turn 40.

Turning 40 years old feels like... nothing I was expecting, mainly because it doesn't feel like anything. My bones don't creak, I feel no different than any other day, or year from the past twenty or so years, really. Isn't it one of those milestones where it's supposed to feel like a big deal? I think I'm just the kind of person who doesn't feel the big deals. The little deals... now that's another story.

Because I've been blogging forever, I can look back to the post from when I turned 30:

Apparently I didn't have a lot to say. Those pictures, though. 

I do remember turning 30, I remember that night because we went out to Buffalo Wild Wings in Valpo with the kids and had a fun family meal, and Jeff gave me a ring.

Probably the most stuff and adventures of my life so far happened in the last ten years, for sure. The biggest lesson being to expect only the unexpected. That's what my thirties and motherhood has taught me. And that journey brought me here, to realize living in this moment right now, these breaths are the only guarantee, and unexpectedly that is how to really feel alive.

Marking my 40th, we were snowbound in Oregon at home and thankfully Jeff thought to get a cake and take me out for a really nice dinner the night before the storm hit, and I ordered a Sage Sapphire Collins and then a lemon drop, and after dinner we went shopping at Target to stock up for the storm. We bought puzzles and a retro Sorry game, and a bunch of other random things. He gave me an Apple Watch aka Inspector Gadget Spy watch that I weirdly like a whole lot, and we came home and watched Wheel of Fortune with Ivy and Gray snuggled in our bed.

We spent all day yesterday in our snow globe as the biggest flakes and flurries fell around us. We put together a puzzle, watched movies while I knit, went sledding, and I made a big pot of minestrone for dinner.

This morning I opened more gifts and then we put away the Christmas decorations. Tonight I'm excited the Golden Globes decided to show up for my bday. We are about to dig into the cake.

It's a new year, new decade for moi, and all I can envision is a lot of beautiful open space with plenty of room to roam.


  1. Love this and love you. Happy birthday! xoxo

  2. awe i enjoyed seeing your 30's photos and 40's together in one post. happy birthday Stephanie.

  3. Happy birthday !

    Your day sounds amazing and I wish nothing but the best for you this decade!

  4. Happy Birthday!!! I didn't mind turning 30 or even 40...but 50? That's a half century so I did feel a little older. Now from my current perspective, 30, 40, 50, and so on seem very young. Age is only the number of times the Earth has circled the Sun while you have been living on it. Enjoy your day!!!

    1. I love your definition of "Age" Susie. It's always easy to keep track of Steph's age cause we are 20 years apart. I am raising my glass to our number of circles...hey, maybe that's why they are putting "round abouts" on all the major roads...

  5. I love your perspective Steph! I turn 40 this month too. I started blogging the day before my 30th birthday. Crazy how much has changed since then!

  6. I'm glad you had such a good day. Here's to a wonderful year ahead. Happy Birthday, my friend!

  7. I'm so glad you had such a great Birthday and you are not feeling any body creaks..you still look so young to me. I love the picture with all 6 of you....I see so much happiness and contentment and it makes my heart so proud. I'm looking forward to a slice of your yummy birthday cake when I come next month...and the celebration will continue...xxoo

  8. Happy 40th! I turn 40 in October - it's going to be a great year!

  9. Happy Brilliant Birthday!!! Sending all the love from the far side of the world!!!

  10. Happy 40th, Steph! Hope this next decade is full of happy moments and wonderful opportunities for you.


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