Year 1: Not that Exciting Yet
I’ve always loved this picture of me with my mom, grandma, and great-grandma. Have I ever told you that I come from a long line of really remarkable women? (These are the ones on my mom’s side, but I’m linked to extraordinary women on my Dad’s side, too!)
Year 10: Date with Dad
The “Double Digits” birthday was a big deal in my family. To celebrate, I dressed up in my finest outfit (Those blue pumps were some of the first “grown-up” shoes I ever owned. Don’t they just pop next to those white hose?). Dad took me on a fancy date to the Olive Garden, where I sipped a Shirley Temple with my meal.
Year 20: Surprise Birthday Party!
My sweet college roommate threw me a surprise party for my 20th birthday. When I looked through the party pictures today, I was pleasantly surprised to note how many sweet friends in attendance are still in my life today (including my mentor-turned-sister-in-law!). There was really just one prominent guest who is not longer a part of my life, and that’s a good thing, too.
Can I also say how glad I am to be counting by 10s here? It lets me avoid all of those painfully awkward high school photos and skip to these that I’m not so ashamed of.
Year 30: Not flirty, but thriving
I promised Leslie I’d show some of these off, so here are some of my favorites from the “photo shoot” we set up so I could get some good family pictures for Father’s Day.