there have been a lot of birthdays going on around here

11.10.2012

IMG_0365-001 IMG_0342 IMG_0377 IMG_0366 november is like the month of birthdays for us. my little sister turns seven, my handsome guy and my best girlfriend both turn eighteen, my twin sister and i both turn nineteen. so i thought it might be nice to share my bit on why turning a year older makes me smile. because life is ridiculously crazy and beautiful. why not get excited about the recognition of another year you get of it? i hear a lot of negative when it comes to birthdays. the oh-not-another-year, i-dread-getting-older, its-no-big-deal attitudes. but what about the people who aren't here to celebrate each passing year? the ones who aren't here to close their eyes and blow out candles and make a wish. i'm merely trying to say that age shouldn't be depressing, it should be a realization that we are blessed. and being blessed with life is a big deal. life is ridiculously crazy and beautiful, there is so much to explore and discover. there are way too many laughs to be had and to be heard. besides that, we've got all the memories to look back on. i hope when we look back, we're proud of what we see. i hope we can say that our mistakes made us stronger and drew us closer to a God who perfects all things. i hope we can see that we lived and didn't just survive. we're only given one life here and we're not told how long we have. so let each year sink in. birthdays should be days in which we are reminded that we are loved unconditionally, that we are given a chance at this life. remember, there's a silent celebration for every breath you breathe.

7 comments:

  1. happy birthday, madison! this was beautiful. i just turned nineteen as well, less than two weeks ago, (on halloween, actually) so this really resonated with me. i hope your day was fabulous, and that this year is filled with blessings for you. xoxo

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  2. 'I want to thrive not just survive' - Switchfoot, Thrive. It just reminded me of that lyric! Beautiful and inspiring message! Love it, everyone should read this on their birthday. Happy Birthday! (And I didn't know you were a twin - me too!) :)

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  3. amen, sweet lady. this is very beautiful and true.

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  4. November is a special month in my book too, and this post just makes me happier about blowing out an extra candle. Happy early birthday, Madison!

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  5. I didn't know you had a twin!! Well, how should I have? Haha. But that's awesome! Happy birthday to everyone!

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  6. Oh, you've changed my perspective so much! Your an amazing lady! :)
    xo

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