It’s the Big 3-0 For Me

Today is my 30th birthday.

I know a lot of people dread this milestone birthday, but me? I’m looking forward to my 30’s.

A lot happened in my 20’s. I didn’t do the typical go-to-college and party, then eventually find a guy and settle down. I got married at 19 and have had four children (my first at age 20.)  This past year I’ve celebrated my 10th anniversary with my amazing husband, and almost ironically, I’ve ended my 20’s with a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago.

My 20’s were crazy. A lot of wonderful things happened, but I was so young and honestly went through so much as a child that it took me a very long time to start finding myself. It was a decade of new beginnings but also a lot of struggle.

Now? I feel like I have a pretty good idea of who I am. I’m learning to live for the Lord and for me and not for others. And I don’t mean that in a selfish way, but just in the sense that I used to live to please other people. Now – not that I don’t ever struggle with that, because I do – but I’ve learned that it’s not about that. It’s about living for the only One who really matters, and in doing that, I have such a peace and comfort that I’ve lacked before.

So I’m saying good-bye to my 20’s and hello to my 30’s. And I’m pretty happy about it.

Nate is taking me out tonight without the kids. Our babysitter is coming and we are going to have fun!

We’re going to the outlets first. I have a Banana Republic gift card that I want to use for a new dress or pant set for my brother-in-law’s November wedding. Then we’ll go out to dinner. I can’t decide whether I want to go to my favorite Mexican restaurant with the yummiest chicken enchiladas ever or the best seafood place with their amazing baked shrimp. Whatever we decide it will be fun.

Tomorrow we’ll have a small birthday party with the kids. It’s so cute how excited they are about Mom’s birthday. I think I’m going to bake my favorite chocolate cake and let Emily help me.

It’s going to be great.

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About the Author

Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. happy birthday! my 30s come in december but im not scared either 😉 deep inside i know ill always be 19 LOL

  2. Angela Neynaber says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I hope you have a very happy & blessed b-day! You’re right about living your life for the One. I try to do that also but I don’t always do what I should. I’m old enough to be your mom.Lol! You’ve had many blessings in your 20’s. Your 30’s will be wonderful. I also had my daughter when I was 20 but I’ve never been married. My daughter will be 27 next wk. Time flies by so fast. Enjoy all those beautiful kids of yours and your wonderful husband.
    I just look at myself as a recycled teenager.Lol! :)

  4. Happy Birthday! As it is quite a bit later since your post and you are in NH, I’m assuming you are at least finished with outlet shopping and possibly dinner? I hope you had a great time. Oh how I miss outlet shopping in NH. I used to live in RI, and I loved taking weekend trips to North Conway. Ahhhh memories. :)

  5. Jessica Donson says:

    Happy birthday! May the next this decade be full of God’s blessings to you. May you also find yourself completely. Living to please others is something that has affected me a lot too and I hope that one day I will be able to free myself from it. Hope you will too.

  6. Happy {belated} birthday! I hope you had a wonderful night out!

  7. Just found your blog today, searching through Top Mommy Blogs and know it is a bit late, but just wanted to say Happy belated Birthday. I loved reading and learning a bit more about another stay at home mom, since I too am a stay at home mom to our two beautiful little girls. Am following you know and hope when you get a chance you will check out my Mommy Blog too. Thanks and hope you did indeed have a wonderful birthday :) :)

  8. Happy belated birthday!! :)

  9. happy belated birthday! mine was the 1st – we’re both libra babies, which maybe explains why i’m so drawn to your blog!
    maybe we should get together sometime for a playdate, i’m only in manchester :)

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