Feathered Aspen



I’m 29.  It happened when Joshua was at work, and while Lu was cutting new teeth.  Lily wondered why there wasn’t a party.  That sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not.  I had a nice day.  My mom came over, and we went to the Botanic Gardens and had a picnic.  When Joshua came home, we went out to Duo.  It was a perfect meal.

I like to write a little reflection on here for each birthday, and while there have been years when I have keenly felt the passage of time or the accumulation of age, this year feels less momentous.  This year catches me in the middle of a rhythm and a routine.  There are no fireworks, but there is less pity, too.  This is my life.  It’s good.

  • Making: flower mandalas
  • Cooking: naan pizza
  • Baking: apple tarte
  • Drinking: french press coffee with cream
  • Planning:  our trip to Mexico
  • Reading: Maze Runner (and listening to First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen on audible)
  • Wanting: frankincense (no, really), a record player
  • Looking: at entryway vignettes
  • Playing: outside, in the river, with dandelions
  • Wasting: time on screens
  • Sewing: beach cover ups out of saaris
  • Wishing: for a village
  • Listening: to Milky Chance pandora radio
  • Enjoying: the Gladiolas on my kitchen island
  • Waiting: for our friends to move back
  • Liking: my new sunhat and days spent outside
  • Wondering: which path to take
  • Loving: my family and flowers!  They’re everywhere!
  • Hoping: we’ll find a way to get to Spain
  • Marveling: over ouropenroad.com
  • Needing: to study for my Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab Final
  • Smelling: Joshua cooking chana masala
  • Wearing: running clothes
  • Following: @kristenrickert @mamawatters
  • Noticing: freckles on Lily’s nose, three more teeth poking through Lu’s gums
  • Knowing: happiness is an action, not a thing
  • Thinking: about moving back to Edgewater
  • Feeling: a little lonely
  • Pinning: stripes, sea shells, poppies, and tiny houses
  • Opening: a new bottle of clover honey, purchased today
  • Laughing: when I tickle Lu and she grunts

There are other things I’d love to write about.  I want to write about my “adventures in minimalism” (as I call it), about being a stay at home mom, and about my search for a village.  But Lily just woke up.  So, love.  And see you soon.

Author: Ellie

Wife, Mom, Adventurer...

2 thoughts on “29

  1. It is a lovely time of year to have a birthday ! The newness of the spring heralds another happy year I hope love Catherine

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