Happy Birthday To Me. I’m Headed to NYC.

August 1, 2012


The title is absolutely meant to be read with the Happy Birthday tune. You’re welcome for humming it the rest of the day.

I’m 29 today. sigh. Last year in my twenties. What a – what an odd feeling. Like – I feel older than that. But then I can’t believe next year I’ll be 30.

That seems – surreal. I remember thinking 30 was REALLY OLD at one time. Like, gasp, ew, 30? O_o

Now, not so much. In my decrepit, feebleย mind 30 is the new 18.

Or something.

Maybe the new 25. I was pretty dumb at 18.

So much has happened this past year. Since I turned 28 I:

  • moved to El Paso
  • went to San Diego for BlogHer11
  • passed our 1 year anniversary of being sober
  • went to New York for BlogHer Writers
  • celebrated Bella’s second birthday
  • got pregnant with twins
  • celebrated 9 years of marriage with Sam
  • went to Blissdom in Tennessee
  • started working for Babble and Military Family
  • lost Preston and Julian
  • started our S. Korean adoption
  • had a memorial service for our boys
  • and now I’m headed to NY again for BlogHer12

So yeah. Lots happened this year. Good and bad. And as you read this, I’m either on or boarding a plane that will (eventually with 2 stops) take me to NYC for a few days where I can let go, cry, laugh, be hugged and hug, dress up, dress down, and just live in the moment of being with people who deeply get I love to do.

And can I confess something to y’all? (Oh, I’m using that word now. Yes.)

It’s a blessing to have the life I do.

Yes, a blessing. With all the ups, downs, and sorrows, I am still so blessed. I have a little girl who is healthy, a husband who loves his job and us so much, a cute home, I get to work from home doing what I love, I have dear friends, I get to travel to really cool places for both work and play, I have a supportive family, and I have a God that enables my heart to start to see the light in the darkness.

I am so blessed. So thankful that I was given what I have.

So here’s to 29. ::lifts sparkling cider:: May it bring a little more joy, a little less heartache, and no matter which I get, a growing of my faith in the One who gives it all to me.




  • Arnebya

    August 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Happy belated birthday, Diana. I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet in NY.

  • molly

    August 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Happy late birthday! I’m so sorry I missed it. Have a ton of fun in NYC!

  • Toni Carpenter

    August 2, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Happy Birthday a day late, Diana! I read this along with my coffee this morning. It has made for a joyful start to my day. Your birthday … yet a gift for me. Thank you so much for sharing your blessings.

  • Brooke

    August 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Have a fantastic time in NYC!!! Hopefully I’ll see you next year at BlogHer ’13!

  • Kim

    August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday to you!! I absolutely loved this post. Enjoy your day!

  • Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy

    August 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Have fun at blogher!

  • Carrie

    August 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Happy Birthday and I hope you have an amazing time at BlogHer! I’m excited to read all about it (like, really excited…I so badly want to be there next year).

  • Lynda Schrader

    August 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Happy, happy birthday! May your day be special and the coming year filled with joy

  • Nikki

    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Happy happy birthday! ::throws confetti::

    May this year be your best yet!

  • souphead

    August 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

    have a ball at BlogHer
    i’ll be stalking my twitter mamas from a few blocks away at work.

  • Rebecca

    August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Happy 29th Birthday dear friend! I cannot wait to hug your face off in just over 24 hours!!

    I know 30 sounds old, but as a ripe old 32 year old I can say my 30’s have been the BEST YEARS of my life! Seriously, 30 is the new 21 or whatever age is supposed to be the best ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know God is going to bless your socks off this year and I can’t wait to watch ๐Ÿ™‚


  • christine

    August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonder-filled year ahead.

  • Censie

    August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Happy Birthday!! Have a great time in NYC! Here is to a great year ahead!!

  • Christine

    August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Happy birthday! You can always do what my co-worker does and just celebrate your 29th birthday for all of your future birthdays. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kami

    August 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    We share a birthday!! Except, I wish I was 29 today…I’m 31…eeek! I head to NYC tomorrow!! Can’t wait to see you there!! xoxo

  • Katie

    August 1, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Happy birthday, lovely lady! My 29th birthday was over 5 years ago and I was pregnant for the first {of 4} times.

    29 is going to be a beautiful year for you. I can feel it.

  • Lucy

    August 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Happy birthday! Hope the next year is full of happiness for you and your family.

  • Caitlin MidAtlantic

    August 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Happy birthday! Have so much fun celebrating in NYC!!

  • Kate

    August 1, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope to see you in NYC!

  • Lenette

    August 1, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday Diana!!!

  • Misty Pratt

    August 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Happy Birthday Diana. Can’t wait to hear all about BlogHer. I bought my ticket ages ago, but had to sell it *sob* Anyway, I will be living vicariously through you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Andrea

    August 1, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Happy Birthday! Have fun in NYC!

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife

    August 1, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Happy birthday, Diana! I can’t wait to see you today (or sometime this weekend) and give you a big giant birthday hug and a cupcake if we can find the time.

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