… happy 31st birthday to me!!!

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I absolutely love, love, love birthdays!!!!! They’re such a wonderful time to spend a day (or enjoy an event!) celebrating the people you love most in life. Right? There’s nothing better than showering those you love & being there to make the good stuff, great stuff!

And, I don’t think I’m on my own when I say that I love my very own birthday! Its probably more of an unhealthy obsession. It always starts so incredibly slow then gains a tremendous amount of momentum the days leading up to it. I just can’t help it. 🙁 “The Devil comes in……” every year and causes me to do the absolute most in a very low key, Alaina kind of way!

20140111-093136.jpg The big thing this year- pictures. This is the first time I’ve ever taken pictures for my birthday & I enjoyed. every. minute. I have the most amazing, crazy talented sorority sister who does fab work; I sent her my theme/vision for the shoot & prayed she would be able to hang out with me for a little bit to bring it to life. I loved this shoot because it totally embodies who I am today. Simplistic, chic, girly. I think its so important to capture life and capture it just as it is in that specific span of time! Ya know? I look at these pictures and see me. The joys, triumphs, goals, loves, & heartaches donning all my favorites. And, I’m grateful to have been able to document myself at such an important time of my life.

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So, today is my indulgence day. My cheat day. My have your cake and eat it, too, day. The day that isn’t about adoption, infertility, children, heartache, and effort put forth in managing emotions & dealing with the process.

…. But, before I cry anymore, the next post will honor the journey. It will include a few less pictures (lol… are you annoyed by the flood yet?! IG & Facebook have been hit hard!) & more lessons I’ve learned over the course of my 31 years! Lol.

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…. thank you all for loving me! I’ve enjoyed the growing friendships and the community of ladies & mamas who have grabbed my hand & held on tight committing to walking this journey with me. A billion thanks, air kisses, & bear hugs to you. 🙂

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