How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

I don’t know about you, but

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I know, I know.  I am so lame, but I have been waiting like 3 years to say that I am feeling 22.

Anyway, let’s move on to today’s post.

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Look at the above picture of Taylor.  Doesn’t she look disappointed at the measly 3 cupcakes that she has?  I mean, sure, she is only one person, but doesn’t she deserve lots of cupcakes? Ariana Grande has lots of cupcakes.

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And, I mean, sure, you were born on one day, but you are unique!  Your birthday celebration should last for at least seven days!  Here are some ideas to keep the celebration going all week long!

  1. Enjoy Sunday brunch with your friends.20170319_124043
  2. Eat cake and ice cream with your family to conquer Monday.
  3. On Tuesday, get a free drink at Starbucks.20170321_160504
  4. Eat free fruit from Sheetz with your lunch on Wednesday.20170321_153444
  5. Thursday is for a long supper with your closest, dearest friend.  (We always stay at Chick-fil-a for several hours because we talk so much.  In fact, we were so busy talking that I forgot to capture a picture for the blog.)20170323_195454.jpg
  6. On Friday, grab some more birthday freebies and join a casual volleyball tournament (or a whatever your favorite sport might be).
  7. Finish out the week with a relaxing swim and a birthday present (green tea) from the YWCA.20170325_084411.jpg
Top Ten Tuesday: Non-defining Numbers

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-defining Numbers


As of Sunday, I am another year older.  If turning eighteen makes you a legal adult, turning twenty-one must signal that you are well-experienced in life.

I am a numbers person, and it is easy for me to get bogged down with stats.  Twenty-one years…that’s 7,671 days.  184,104 hours.  11,046,240 minutes. 662,774,400 seconds.  I wonder how many miles I’ve traveled in that time?  How many faces have I seen?  How many books have I read?  How many hairs have I brushed off of my scalp (you other long-haired people know the struggle!)?  How many peanut butter sandwiches have I eaten?

Those numbers would be interesting to know, but they really are not important.  Those numbers do not make me who I am.  Everyday, God reminds me that only one number matters:  the number of times Christ died for my sins: once and for all (Hebrews 9:28).  As a result, my life can last for an infinite number of years.

Ten Numbers that Do Not Define Me

  1. My age
  2. The speed at which I can run a mile
  3. My grades
  4. The number of classes I take
  5. My height
  6. The number of hours I work
  7. The number of push-ups I can do
  8. The amount of time I study
  9. My bank account balance
  10. The number of friends I have

One Number that Defines Me

  1. The number of times Christ died so that I can be made holy – One

Because of God’s will, we are made holy through the sacrifice Christ made in his body once and for all time.

– Hebrews 10:10

30 before 30: 1 year update

30 before 30: 1 year update

Here’s what has happened since I turned twenty and I began marking items off of my Thirty Before Thirty list.



4. I officially upgraded to a smartphone on May 11, 2015 because my standard phone was doubling letters when I typed, I couldn’t hear while talking on the phone, and I wanted mobile data on my summer road trips.

7. I bought Corrie the Corolla on August 31.  She is as close to perfect as a car can come.


9. Since my 20th birthday, I have been to NC, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, TN, AR, NM, OK, MO, IL, IN, MI, OH, WV, VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, and SC.  That means that I visited 23 states in 2015-2016!  I really did not think I would get so many knocked out that quickly.


I have plans to visit Arizona and Pennsylvania this summer, so I should hit my goal before August.

In past years, I traveled to Florida, Arizona, and  Pennsylvania, so I have been to 26 states total.

13. On March 21, 2015, I dashed through the sparkly, colored clouds of the Color Run.


23. I worked for 7 weeks at Pine Cove Christian Camp as a photographer.

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24.  After dropping my brother off at the airport on New Years Day, my parents graciously went with me to the American Girl store.  It was Lea’s release day, and there were so many people that we had to stand in line to simply enter the store.  I bought the newest Kit mystery.


26. Read this post about the Burke Street Food Truck Festival.


29.  In July 2015, I ate a sweet potato roll at a Chinese restaurant near my house.  A few weeks later, I had a California roll.  One of these days, I will build up the courage to eat raw fish.

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30. The letter is written…now just to open it on March 20, 2025.

Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty

Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty

20thLast week, I entered the second decade of my life. Don’t worry, though.  There are plenty of other things turning twenty this year.

Ten Things that will turn Twenty in 2015

1. The DVD (Digital Versatile Disk or Digital Video Disk)

When I was little, movie previews still said, "Coming soon to VHS."
When I was little, movie previews still said, “Coming soon to VHS.”

2. The JAVA computer language

…and a new version seems to be available every day!

3. Toy Story

So does that make me the same age as Andy’s little sister?

4. Teacher Barbie


5. The scroll wheel


6. Winnie the Pooh and Foamy Tree house

I had one of these!

7. Xtracycle


8. Gabby Douglas

Gymnastics are my favorite part of the summer Olympics.
Gymnastics are my favorite part of the summer Olympics.

9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland

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Thirty by Thirty

Thirty by Thirty


Happy Birthday to me!

I don’t know why, but I have been dreading this birthday.  Something about turning 20 just makes me feel, well, old.  I have two decades behind me. I am officially old, y’all.

I can hear you mocking me already.  I know that twenty is technically young.  Statistically, I still have over 50 years to live.  I just feel old.  Or maybe it’s that I feel too young to be old.

When I stumbled upon Ceara’s page titled “Thirty before Thirty,” I made a shocking realization:  I will be thirty one day!  I guess I always knew that fact, but it had never occurred to me that I would eventually grow up.  Sometimes I still think I am only fourteen years old.

There is a lot I want to do before I turn thirty.  So, taking Ceara’s lead, I have composed a list of thirty things to do before I turn thirty.  Some goals are highly attainable; others will require dedication, perseverance, money, and patience.  I look forward to whittling down this list before 2025.

I have posted a new page to keep track of my progress.  Let’s see if I can knock all of these out!  Any that you want to help me with?