Growing up, I always waited for my golden birthday. I like numbers [even though i hate math], so turning 28 on the 28th was always this magic goal I had. I know, I'm weird.

But now that it's actually here...it's just so weird. A lot has happened the last couple of weeks that have put a little bit of a damper on my birthday, and the stress of two kids and being back at work has really stretched me thin lately. BUT, it's still my golden birthday, and I still plan to enjoy it.

I can honestly say that I NEVER imagined my life would have gone the way it's gone, especially the last couple of years. I can say, though, that I have no regrets and am a stronger person for everything that life has thrown at me. At this point, I've been the highest of the high [having my babies] and the lowest of the low [losing Devon]...and I'm still standing. Well, barely. Parenting two children is tough, yo.

As I look toward another year on this planet, my main goal is to make sure to make the most of the moments I have with my family. During this year, Mia will hit a lot of her firsts, including her first birthday, so I have so much to look forward. And JJ will turn SIX and start kindergarten. Wut. Just...wut. How did my first-born get so big so fast?! J is also deployed again, so we will have to make it through that as a family. My 10-year high school reunion will be this fall as well. So much is going on!

As I start a new year, I just wish for health, happiness and love. There hasn't been a dull moment the last few years, and I think 28 will be the same. I'm so happy to be ringing this birthday in with our sweet rainbow baby, and I'm so happy that I'm in a much better place now than I was a year ago. This past year was a great year for me - lost weight, ran my first 5K, gained a brother-in-law and, most importantly, had Mia - even though it started out rough because I was still reeling from losing Devon. It's refreshing to look back on the last year and be able to smile about it; I hope I can do the same a year from now when I'm about to turn 29.

29. One year from 30. Holy crap.

Happy Golden Birthday to me. :)