Wednesday, June 16, 2010

thirty-four

Today is my birthday, I am now thirty-four years old.

It feels pretty great, I am happy to be here and I don't have any regrets. I don't really want for anything (except for maybe some more and better sleep, and more time!) I have a wonderful man who loves and respects me. A beautiful, happy little daughter. And two fluffy cats who really love me. And I am able to work on my own projects sometimes, too.

Every day still I am approach these days with a bit of trepidation. After many years of darkness, I am always grateful that these sweet days have come to me. But I am careful and I know always that they could, just maybe, end at any time.

But for today, on my 34th birthday, happiness and contentment is with me. Adelaide and I have spent the morning together in our pyjamas, singing along to the songs of my very favourite band The Innocence Mission, and making cupcakes, and working on our fathers-day art projects.

I couldn't even begin to ask for a lovelier birthday gift.

Except for maybe, that some of my happiness and contentment may come to others, too.

53 comments:

Paloma said...

it's my birthday too! :) happy birthday girl!

wendy said...

happy birthday sharilyn! i'm so glad that you are enjoying your days for what it is now. thanks for a year of inspiring posts. here's to another happy year!

sunshine by sara said...

happy birthday! :)

whitney said...

happy birthday!

i love the innocence mission too. have you heard the sufjan stevens cover of 'the lakes of canada?' it's incredible!

Anonymous said...

Sharilyn - Happy Birthday to you! Your blog has inspired my life with happiness and contentment. Honestly, you have changed my way of thinking about career, motherhood, organization - and for that I am forever grateful! I hope you enjoy your day!!

spb_nick said...

It went :) Thank you :)

Happy birthday :)!

K said...

Happy, happy! ♥

Christine--RHP said...

Happy Birthday Sharilyn!!
Sounds like you are having a beautiful day!!

Knotted Nest said...

Happy birthday Sharilyn! Sounds like a great day so far! Thanks for spreading the happiness around :)

sofia wahnon said...

Happy B-Day! Have a lovely day with the ones you most love...
Thanks for sharing such beautiful things with us.

Emil und die großen Schwestern said...

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Happy birthday!
Your blog is beuautiful, inspiring, great..... i like it! Soon, Éva

Mãe da Rita said...

Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

happy 34th day!!!! you have inspired me in so many ways.. especially artistically and in the way i think about raising my son, so on your special day - a special thank you! ( and you look awesome gurl!!)

Ana Degenaar said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

dorothy said...

happy birthday!
i love your blog and work! very inspiring...and your little adelaide is so cute!
hope you have a great year!

Twig and Toadstool said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!! I just turned 34 a few weeks ago!!
Sounds like you have loads to be grateful for...I'm thinking for me, my 34th year is going to be my year of gratitude...counting the many blessings every single day!
:) maureen

RosaMaría said...

feliz cumpleaños!
happy happy birthday!

Spardha said...

Happy B'day! :D

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest said...

Happy Birthday!

The Sprinkle Lady said...

Happy Birthday Sharilyn! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Alissa Nicolau said...

Happy Birthday Sharilyn! I still love to visit your blog and am inspired by all your craft and art projects and the tenderness you feel for your family. Still wishing we were neighbors!

When you're next feeling blue give a shout out on our blog and you'll feel some love real fast!

Happy Birthday again!

laura said...

happy sharilyn appreciation day! today is the anniversary of the day the world was graced with your presence! it is a far better place because of you! thank you!

Anonymous said...

happy happy birthday!

Carla said...

Happy happy Birthday Sharilyn Wishing you only the best!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Rachelle said...

happy happy happy birthday. i so enjoy your blog and can relate to what you said. i think you are wonderful! have a blessed and happy day!

Little House of Limes said...

HAPPY BIRHDAY! thankyou for letting me share in in your beautiful life journey. lov eth eblog and photos. cassie x

Mariko K.B. said...

Happy 34th Birthday! Today is my 36th birthday, too, and I feel almost the same way as you do. I am happy and grateful for the people and things happening around me. The only thing missing is a little one to spend the birthday morning with (sometime soon, wish me luck!).

Your work, photos, thoughts really inspires me, and I greatly appreciate your honesty in your blog. Keep going!

Mariko K.B.

Anonymous said...

Many happy returns! I wish you a very happy 34th year.

Thank you for your lovely, inspiring and honest posts. I must say that your photography and creativity are a feast for the eye. Very uplifting and inspirational when one is dancing the line of a darker day.

Jamie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope the sun shines on you today! :)

Maggie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! hope your day and the next year just get better and better.

lauren said...

happiest birthday wishes, sharilyn!! my best to you on your special day!! :)
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Zill.y said...

Happy birthday, Sharilyn!

It's a joy to read your blog.

Special wishes from the Northwest, zill.y

carollai said...

happy birthday! glad that you're currently experiencing contentment. it's a good place to be.

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Maria said...

Happy birthday!

Rachel said...

Hope you have your best year yet! Happy Birthday!

ines said...

Happy Birthday! You are wonderful!

heldin im chaos said...

Happy Birthday, sharilyn! From what you write, it seems you've already had your birthday wishes come true! Here's to another wonderful year of happiness and contentment! May that other shoe stay aloft indefinitely!

Ria said...

Happy happy birthday :)

mon ami said...

happy birthday! I'm so glad you had the lovely day that you so much deserve xoxo

Amanda said...

Happy birthday! Hope your day is a wonderful one xx

julie said...

happy birthday! thanks for sharing your happiness with all of us - it is so evident in all the projects you do, and the happy little girl you are growing. have a wonderful year!

cerebral e said...

Happy Birthday from Australia!

Anita said...

Happy Birthday!

mardotti zaaba said...

Happy Birthday!

thank you for all of your always inspiring words and ideas :)

SaRaH said...

happy birthday!
you forgot to say that you have a lovely blog with full of readers! lol

cindy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Jennifer said...

happy belated birthday!
the innocence mission are great, a new lp is less than a month away!
i just wanted to say that i LOVE your blog and all that you share on it. i'm very much inspired by your whimsical and lovely designs as well, i myself being a graphic design student and a first time children's book illustrator.
anybody that visits this blog can tell you are an excellent, loving mom and are probably as charmed as i, reading about your adventures with your daughter. :)
i one day hope to have a life that even somewhat resembles yours.
thank you!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sharilyn!!!!
Mariana

jessica said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

Tali Schiffer said...

Happy birthday!! 34? I am just a couple of years behind you (at 32)
Your daughter btw, is the cutest!!!
Hope all your wishes come true!

Gül said...

Happy many wonderful birthdays dear Sharilyn, I am much grateful for your sharings, always.

pouch said...

a friend of mine told me about your blog - it's very inspirational and heartwarming. I'm a new mum to a 9 month old baby and I'm currently trying to juggle looking after her and running my handmade business...I don't want to lose sight of the quality time I need to spend with my daughter, especially as she gets older. I will definitely be back to read your blog again - you have a beautiful daughter and a lovely life - that's something to celebrate :)