Sunday, July 15, 2007

26

So yesterday, July 14th, was my 26th birthday. I am suddenly keenly aware that I am closer to 30 than to 20, which feels really weird!

Friday night my mom and dad came down with a cake from the Madonna Inn. We all had dinner and then homemade vanilla ice cream and cake. I spent my birthday (Saturday) at Lindsey's baby shower (so fun!), then came home and took a glorious nap (you must be a mom--or an elderly person--when your idea of a good birthday includes a NAP!), then Kevin, the kids and I tried out Cool Hand Luke's here in Santa Maria for dinner. (It was pretty good, but my steak wasn't great--sad! The kids did great--Kaitlyn was a little fussy, until I nursed her to sleep. Works every time!) I got a super sweet phone message from Kevin's aunt Sharon--love and miss you!--and I also missed a nice birthday call from Kevin's parents.


The highlight of last year was, by far, the birth of my fourth child, Kaitlyn Jane. She is precious, sweet, and brings me so much joy. I had no clue how child number four would be, or how she'd fit into our family, but she is a blessing straight from God and honestly I can't BEGIN to imagine my life without her smile!


What will my 26th year bring? Not really sure. I'm not a goal-oriented person, but my hope and prayer for this next year is to become more comfortable in my own skin, so to speak. More and more I find myself longing to be more secure in my decisions, with who God created me to be, and with the works God has prepared for me to do.


So here's to being 26!

23 comments:

Kate said...

happy birthday brianna! and hey, by the way, love the shirt!. :)

Brianna Heldt said...

heehee!!! it's getting a bit big now, but it's just so fun. :) i missed seeing you both saturday and then this morning at church!

Allison Brown said...

Happy birthday Brianna--sounds like you had a good day! Hope it was! Those pics of your kids are so adorable! And you look sooo good--how do you do that?! Four kids and you look beautiful--you'll have to give me some tips! :)

Brenda W said...

Happy Birthday Brianna! I didn't know Saturday was your day, or I would have given you birthday wishes at Lindsey's shower! Sounds like your day was fun.

Lara said...

Yay! Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you were born 26 years ago. I have been blessed so much by your friendship. We'll have to toast to another 26 years when I get back (with midori sours of course). =)
Love you!

santamariamommy said...

Happy Birthday, To You.

lindsey cheney said...

i wish i had known it was your birthday! how sweet of you to share it with me saturday afternoon! happy birthday!

Shana said...

Happy birthday! And what an amazing looking cake!

darci said...

happy birthday! i loved 26, it was a great age to be! it just always gets better. i console myself now with the thought that i'm closer to 30 than to 40..heehee!! :)oh well, as my dad says, when you stop getting older you're dead, so..
it's nice to hear the sentiment that you can't imagine life without your newest..i KNOW that i will feel like that, but i do wonder how life will work with this new one in a month. :) happy birthday!

andy gibson said...

Happy Birthday Brianna! We miss you guys, we haven't made it to church since like 1998, and we're having G3 withdrawls....

Jeannett Gibson said...

1998...we've missed TWO weeks! My husband, the Drama Queen! Happy Birthday, sad I missed Lindsey's shower and your bday!

Rachel said...

Happy 26th Birthday. When I grow up I am going to have everyone's birthdays in a planner and send cards. I wonder how old I will have to be to do that? Proably at least a grandma...

Did you nurse Kaitlyn in the restaurant? I always consider it and then chicken out! I did try to nurse during the sermon two weeks ago. Since we were are in a theater it is pretty private, but Ainsley wanted more space so we ended up in the nursery afterall.

shell said...

glad your day went great!

Brianna Heldt said...

Rachel heck yeah I nursed in the restaurant!!! I was so uptight about such things with Anna, but I'm not with Kaitlyn. I figure my kid's gotta eat! (I did peek into the restroom to see if there was a chair or stool to sit on, but no such luck, and I wasn't about to sit in a nasty stall on an open toilet.)

During the sermon, now THAT is great!!! I bet we're making La Leche League proud....

(And maybe when I'm old I'll have a planner with everyone's birthday in it too....)

Samantha said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! I turn 30 next month, YIKES and am sad to leave my 20s. I am no longer always the youngest person wherever I go which is weird. I agree with the nursing! You gotta feed the kid WHEREVER they are hungry. You get better with each child too. I can nurse with no one really knowing I did. Great skill! I like your hair too, it is really cute!

Angela said...

Happy Belated Birthday Brianna! Here's wishing you an awesome 26th year! I am turning 25 on Monday the 23rd, so we are about 1 year and 1 week apart in age. Hopefully I will have a kid or two home from Ethiopia this time next year! It would be wonderful to celebrate my 26th birthday as a new mommy.

Side note- I totally support you nursing your little one in the restaurant. It is a food service establishment after all! ;) If everyone else can eat and drink there, then so can Kaitlyn! When I was younger I used to get really uncomfortable with people nursing in public, but it is no big deal to me now.

Angela said...

Forgot to ask- How is "A Love So Big..."? Are you enjoying it? I hadn't heard of it before reading the title on your sidebar. After visiting amazon.com, I was thinking about getting it (used since there are no new copies available). I am interested in starting to read more God-centered works and thought this may be a good read. Any other suggestions?

Becky said...

Happy Belated Birthday Brianna! You should have told me.. I talked to you and you didn't say a word! So low key.. not only that, but I'm #18 to commet..man I'm behind the times! Sorry! Love ya! b

Kristen Borland said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! How do i always forget it?!!

oh my goodness, you are just so old. ;)

Brianna Heldt said...

lara--yes, you, me and midori. come back soon! (maybe we can get becky hooked too! we have all the ingredients.)

angela--honestly, the book is okay, but not really all that great (in my opinion). she wrote another one, not kid-related, that i read awhile back that was much better. as for nursing in public, i'm not very obvious about it, and it's a heck of a lot more modest than a lot of shirts women wear! so i figure, go for it!

becky--i know, i never tell anyone my bday, maybe related to how you say you don't like self-promotion? "hi, today is my bday", just not my style i guess! :) (kevin thinks this is weird.)

Lisa Leonard said...

happy belated birthday!! you always seem comfortable in your skin to me--and why shouldn't you be?? you are amazing! xoxo

Chandra said...

Happy 26th. Love the post; especially about being more secure in your decisions. I need that too! Your family is just sooooo cute :)
Chandra
p.s. Woohoo on nursing at the restaurant. I did that once and my husband was a little shocked (granted I was sitting across from him boss). I'm guessing he didn't notice or care.

erika said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Hope life keeps getting better and better!

 

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