Today I am celebrating my 35th birthday, Happy Birthday to me! I guess I am officially in my mid 30’s as of today. The hubby jokes with me that I am getting old and I sigh, but I know it is only in fun and out of love. He is just kidding with me, so I don’t really take it to heart. Besides, he is a month and a day older than me, so he will always be the older one!

Over the last month I have been looking back on my life all that I have accomplished and all that I look forward to. We hear it every day that time is flying by, and well, it is! We truly have to embrace every moment because life is a gift. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life. I love all of my family and friends and I try to let them know as often as I can how much they mean to me.

I want to send a big thank you to my mom for giving birth to me and making this day possible. Words can’t describe what this woman means to me. She has always been the anchor in our family and such a strong supporter in my life. When I wanted to move to California 10 years ago, she was sad, but let me go because she knew I had to find my way and follow my dreams. Until this day, she still supports me and loves me for all that am and all that I will be. Thanks mom for all you do, I love you very much!

As I chased those dreams more than 3,000 miles away from home, I was scared, but they led me to the most wonderful man in the world, my husband, Jeff. He has always been there for me, since the day we said our vows. I love him dearly. Today, tomorrow, and forever. I thank him for standing by me through it all and sharing this wonderful passion we have with our photography. We truly love what we do.  I feel it is a part of my soul and has been for many years.

This morning, I had this overwhelming feeling that my Dad was watching down on me with so much pride. As I turn another year older, I will continue to walk through life and take in every moment. I feel blessed every day to have love and passion in my life. I love what I do and I am so thankful that I have all of you to share it with.

As part of my birthday celebration, I had Jeff take a few photos of me, so I can always remember who I am today and how far I have come. From the smiles you will see how very happy I am.  I get that from my dad, he was always so happy go lucky. I am excited for the years to come, as all I can do from here is continue to grow, love, and just be ME!

A special thanks goes out to Kristin at The Meringue Bake Shop for my lovely red velvet cupcakes I got for my birthday.  They look so yummy because they really are.  Cheers to all!

My b-day cupcake!