Life at 35

The Daphne is in full bud, just waiting for some warmth and sunshine to open the blooms and perfume the entire side of the house. The days are getting longer and a little warmer with green leaves just waiting to pop on every branch in the garden. You can feel spring under the earth, the movement and the awakening underfoot and it makes you feel a little more alive, the shift, the change in the seasons.

The days are filled with routine – beds being made, blinds being pulled up, fire’s being cleaned up, new wood stacked, dishes washed and packed away, meals prepared. There is some writing, some new work and opportunities, always amazing, supportive comments and support from strangers and friends and bewilderment at the hatred, jealousy and judgement from people that don’t know me at all, and then from others that do know me, and should know better. It’s a funny business, this sharing business, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Daisy is this big kid. So smart and funny – soaking up everything, jumping at every opportunity she gets. She has finally found some co-ordination and is loving her sport – jumping on a skipping rope, playing hockey, running like the wind wherever she goes. She is patient with her little sister. And kind. Although she is tired, she knows it now, and surrenders to it, rather than stubbornly fighting it like she has since the day she was born. I am so proud of her. She’ll never know just how much. Harper is two. So very two. On a constant roller coaster of emotional highs and lows, learning as she goes and trying to be better at things that two years olds are not good at – sharing, sleeping, playing with others. She is a solid ball of pure goodness – cut from the same cloth as her Father and every day she makes me laugh out loud just by being her. I’m this mother now. Of two great kids. Who drives around and picks them up, makes their meals and hugs them when they need it. Each night when they are asleep in their room, one on the top bunk, the other down below, my mind can’t quite get around the fact that these daughters…they are mine. Ours. And my heart bursts with love and pride every single flipping day.

Rob is…well, he is Rob. He is amazing. Smart. Kind. Patient. Capable. Handsome. Sexay. Funny. He is everything to me. Everything.

Each night when the fire is lit, the blinds drawn down and the last light hits the garden and the temperature drops I still pinch myself that this place is my home. That life is this good. That this village filled with all these amazing friends and people is our town. That we made this our life. Today I am 35 years old and right now I feel like the luckiest woman in the whole damn wide world.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11556843852780239036 Cat

    I shouldn’t be but I’m crying. I love the way you celebrate life Beth. Happy day to you lovely lady. Xxxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08915960873730826839 Anna @ green tea n toast

    Lovely Beth! And Happy Birthday. I’d be happy too if I was you :) I turn 32 next Monday and was having a little think today about where my life is at. I’m pretty happy with mine too – thankfully haven’t had that ohmyfuckinggod-I’m-how-old? moment yet! Hope you have a great day x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12620587214999964734 Jo

    Happy Birthday, Beth!! Go 77′ers!!

    I’ll be 35 in November and my goal for this year is to be proud of myself – my body, my family, my house and my career.

    I hope you feel proud of yourself too. You should.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06564936409553722298 Laura

    Beautifully written Beth. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10167866720561094379 Sew Brunswick

    Happy Birthday!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05176301515201652192 SmithShack71

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you!

  • Debyl1

    I think it is beautiful how you appreciate all you have in your life lovely lady.
    You get so much heart because you give so much of yours.
    Have a wonderful birthday and a year full of much joy,health,love and happiness.xx

  • http://www.ducksonthedam.com.au/ Alli @ Ducks on the dam

    Ah Happy happy. Beautiful words. well said. Have a great day

  • Emily

    What a beautiful little slice of heaven :) isn’t wonderful when we recognise it? I found mine when I was 28 and am now at 30 absolutely reveling in it! Have a magical day!

  • Sarah Owen-Green

    You put into words what I feel everyday. Thank you! I hope you have a fabulous birthday… Cracker of a day for it!
    X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14360482896874477280 Jessica Flett

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELY LADY!!! Have a fabulous day with your gorgeous girls and loving husband. I love this post…you are one lucky lady. I have no doubt it’s going to be a big year ahead with lots of exciting and successful adventures ahead. Good luck with all of it. Jx

  • Nic

    Happy birthday. The best birthdays ever are when you feel like you’re exactly where you are meant to be.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11266970041604133749 Kim Bibby

    Happy Birthday dear Beth! What beautiful words, your post has made me smile. The simple pleasures and gratitude is what its all about. Wishing you the most spectacular day with your nearest and dearest, and the most magnificent year ahead. I am the BIG 3 5 in a few weeks, yikes, it comes around SO quick and I guess the message of living your best life, embracing it and making the best of your time here really REALLY rings true! And you, my dear, seem to be well on the right track there.
    Have a wonderful day – please share a post with your beautiful photo’s, gorgeous bubbles and celebrating YOU on your special day.
    xxxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    Dude! You were born on the day Elvis died? Love it. Happy birthday lady!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      DUDE! I was. Spirits leaving the earth – and entering – I think I picked up a little on the way in is all I’m saying. That, or that’s where my love of pork products comes from!

      I LOVE that you knew this. Of COURSE you did x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09754100790023579994 Jodi

      Beth, happiest day to you. And I had to chime in here…I was born on the day Marvin Gaye died. Not quite Elvis, but worth the mention x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09754100790023579994 Jodi

      ps. gratitude is the greatest birthday blessing of all x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10820427670347489839 madeleine

    Have a CRACKING birthday love! Looking forward to pics later of a few glasses of French and/or G & T. Great post!

  • http://www.thisbloominglife.com/ alison@thisbloominglife

    Enjoy your day, hope there are lots of sunny moments. xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06420937849918352103 Stephanie Winmill

    Happy birthday Beth have a good day! Sweetest post too!

    Steph :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03395454257023289058 SarahMac

    Happy birthday Beth! I have recently found your blog and have been loving the NY travels. I know what you mean about the weird feeling of being mum to two sprogs. I often think when the hell did that happen?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09496111373121294660 Carmel’s Closet

    Sending birthday wishes your way – hoping you have a fabulous day!
    Carmel
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07732623384511673618 Palaeontologist Mum with Babies

    HAppy Burthday Beth.
    Hope you have a gorgeous time with your family and friends!
    Xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02512695703223497990 Bree

    Beautiful. Happy birthday funky lady :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04862063794539595101 Beth @ Achoo You

    happy birthday Beth, enjoy your day with your wonderful family x

  • feebeecakes

    Cheered the dreary train ride again…yay you! Happy birthday x

  • Megan

    Happy Birthday! You do good gratitude, Lady. A beautiful birthday post

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03582244643626059944 Designs by M

    Love this post! Hope you have a fabulous day! I’m a ’77 gal too! (7.7.77 actually!!!) Mx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00859110942745952818 Tahnee

    happy happy birthday beth! beautiful words. I could feel your heart smiling – which made me smile x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16423155273754490984 Something Gorgeous

    You sound content and after all isn’t contentment what we strive for in life? Happy Birthday x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15645948528323433452 Averil

    Happy birthday Beth! Glad you are feeling blessed today. I’ve been feeling happy and blessed lately too, but I have noticed it can attract some dislike from people who are insecure. Such a shame people feel as though they need to express that to you in their comments.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01556432714220385619 Amelia {Weddings, Babies… Everything}

    Happy happy birthday lovely lady. I hope your day is filled with laughter, love, champagne and pork!
    This is a truly beautiful post. I may or may not have teared up… You have such a way with words and you deserve every bit of success coming your way. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01556432714220385619 Amelia {Weddings, Babies… Everything}

    Happy happy birthday lovely lady. I hope your day is filled with laughter, love, champagne and pork!
    This is a truly beautiful post. I may or may not have teared up… You have such a way with words and you deserve every bit of success coming your way. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01556432714220385619 Amelia {Weddings, Babies… Everything}

    Happy happy birthday lovely lady. I hope you’re day is filled with love, laughter, champagne and pork!!
    Such a beautiful post. I may or may not have teared up. You have a way with words and you deserve all the good things coming your way. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086980189762813286 [Good Mum Hunting]

    Happy Birthday Bev, one of the best blogging ladies I know!

    Hope today is just as special, which will be pretty easy, all your days are special.

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17778615909343458031 Bron

    Happy Birthday…here’s to a fantastic day with your family in your village. x

  • http://mamatribe.wordpress.com/ mamatribe

    Happy Birthday Beff!

  • http://mamatribe.wordpress.com/ mamatribe

    Happy Birthday Beff!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08672392833460234682 pollyemj

    Happy birthday Beth! You really know how to appreciate the important things in life. Thanks for the reminder to me to do the same! Here’s hoping on my 35th I can feel a bit the same.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07798113319884937529 Margie

    What a fantastic post Beth. Happy Birthday. Enjoy your Daphne, mine is out and my backyard smells AMAZING. I have bunches all through the house and it really makes me so happy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10902919593760123734 MamaGen

    have a great day in this great life x happy birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07219272193124932806 PinkPatentMaryJanes

    Yep, sounds pretty darned fabulous – just like you. Happy, happy birthday Beth. Hope your immediate future is filled with pork, bubbles and beautiful things. You are The King of the internets, xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10208633197266540403 Maryandlil

    A beautiful post. Happy birthday!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07219272193124932806 PinkPatentMaryJanes

    Oh noes – I wrote a comment while my husband was signed into google. That Peloton comment? That’s me. Have a fabulous, beautiful, gorgeous birthday lovely, lovely Beth. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05733683295079746421 kurrabikid

    Happy birthday to you, Beth! May 35 be your best year yet.

  • Kairan

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been saying FML a bit too much lately, this post makes me think I need to reassess xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17317677066408030053 Faux Fuchsia

    35- so young!

    I myself ove Gratitude and loathe whinging- No One gets it all so just appreciate what’s on offer I say.

    Happy Birthday, how wonderful that you are a Leo.

    All the best people are x

  • Dionne

    Gorgeous post! Enjoy your day xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14249032835508120323 Vicki

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14249032835508120323 Vicki

    Here’s Cheers to a lovely birthday with family and friends! I’m new to your blog and love how it captures me and draws me in – you have a wonderful style of writing. Keep doing what your doing it’s perfect :)

    V

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04984543289642681339 Hope’s Mama

    Lovely. Happy birthday.
    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09651116248452404269 Lipgloss Mumma

    Happy Birthday Beth, we could all use a big slice of your appreciation and contentment x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11937511046069347576 edenland

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETH!!!! Hope it’s fabulous xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10414334346423383943 Little Pudding

    Happy birthday Beth! Great post. Put on those neon jeans, crack the champas early and have a ball today xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10414334346423383943 Little Pudding

    Happy birthday Beth! Great post. Put on those neon jeans, crack the champas early and have a ball today xxx

  • http://blog.scissorspaperrockdesigns.com.au/ Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock

    Happy Birthday Beth!!! Love your honesty, but mostly I love your appreciation for life – and you celebrate it!
    Have an awesome day!!! And an even more kick-ass year ahead.
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00463206542148286066 Greer

    Happy birthday to you! Lovely post x

  • Annie M

    Happy Birthday Beth. Hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones in your little slice of heaven.
    Another year older is always worth celebrating…the alternative is not worth thinking about! Enjoy..Annie M

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11673591014122506203 Julie

    A beautiful post from a beautiful lady. Happy Birthday hope you have a great day filled with lots of hugs, kisses and plenty of cake, and of course some bubbly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11673591014122506203 Julie

    Beautiful post from a beautiful lady. Happy Birthday to you, I hope your day is filled with hugs and kisses, plenty of cake and of course some bubbly.

  • Natalie

    Your gorgeous post made my day a little less blue. Happy birthday!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Beth! Such a beautiful post.. it brought tears to my eyes thinking of my own daughter who is 4. I just want to stop the clocks & bottle her. Life, albeit SO good, is all of sudden going way too fast…treasure the moments. Bec xx

  • http://stores.ebay.com.au/My-Encore-Store Jane from My Encore Store

    Filled with joy. Love it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13272090974052486539 Mrs Woog

    Happy Birthday to my dear friend xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07654995193578848394 Heather

    Happy birthday to you Beth, have a beautiful day! I really enjoy coming to this space and reading about you day to day loveliness. x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks Heather! I enjoy you coming here x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04215161182830545561 Reannon Hope

    I love people who can look around them & see how blessed they are because at times it’s so much easier to see the things we don’t have. Your life is amazing Beth. It’s filled with love & laughter & joy. Birthday wishes your way, but really, what more could you wish for? You’ve got it all lady xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07274524588702950768 Bec

    I loved this post! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Happy birthday to you!

  • Anonymous

    What a beautiful post that made me remember how very lucky I am too. It has been a very long week and I needed some reminding. So, thank you and Happy, happy, birthday!
    Sue

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14787027291104632931 frommetomum

    Happy birthday Beth. I got the hugest grin on my face reading your post. What a sensational life to be grateful for. Cheers to the next 35. X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07902133832081100586 Sarah Milbourn Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

    Beautiful words. I hope you have a beautiful day! The sun is shining here, hope it stays that way. I am ready for spring!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02914036357593816609 mamalentil

    Happy Birthday Beth, what a beautiful post, your writing gave me warm fuzzies!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02914036357593816609 mamalentil

    Happy Birthday Beth! What a beautifully written post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02190695242707409677 Nikki @ Styling You

    Oh Beth, just beautiful – happy day my gorgeous friend x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02190695242707409677 Nikki @ Styling You

    Oh Beth – beautiful post from a beautiful lady x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12124831265480163064 wsb

    Happy Birthday :-)

  • http://www.raisingmastermax.com/ Cherie @ raising master Max

    Happy birthday Beth!

    Wow.

    You are in a SERIOUSLY good place!

    I love that you can brush off trolls now, & recognise that it is jealousy, & their own feelings of inadequacy.

    Things are going to keep getting better for you, I can feel it in my waters :)

    Good things come to happy, confident women xx

  • Bridget

    Happy Birthday, Beth! You’re a beautiful writer, not surprising as how creative you are with your home and your taste for artistic things. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life to complete strangers yet avid followers like me and still being you! Keep appreciating everything, this way the Universe blesses us with more XX

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02447769041850732626 BuBbles

    I felt the same when I turned 35 earlier this year. It’s a great age to be. Happy Birthday!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16543791863884733714 Mum on the Run

    Happy birthday.
    Excuse me, I detect a hint of ‘wise woman’ in this beautiful perspective, no?!
    I’ve heard it’s a sign of that growing up caper – be careful!!
    :-) xxx

  • http://www.randomactsofzen.com/ Lisa@RandomActsOfZen

    Happy birthday Beth, hope it’s as gorgeous as you deserve xx

  • Sathya

    You’re amazing. The way you say exactly how I feel bewilders me. I love it. Your insight and the way you articulate that sends shivers up my spine. Happy birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day full of love and cuddles.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02592974856560003330 Natalie

    Happy Birthday lovely lady, hope there is champagne chilling in the fridge! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09410652818963875345 Danielle

    Happy Birthday. I turned 35-13 days ago and I have to say I’m feeling upbeat about the whole 35 thing. It might just take this long to find out who you are and what is really important to you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14028569197862413268 paulines

    Happy Birthday Beth,

    You are amazing person. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14028569197862413268 paulines

    Happy Birthday Beth. I hope you had a wonderful day with your fantastic family.
    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17315306897011205854 Mandy Ferry

    Happy birthday to you beth. I’m trying to see life through those beautiful rosy glasses, I’m slowly getting there. slowly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17646925050489695536 Mother Down Under

    Happy birthday!
    I trust there is champagne involved…and I hope that gorgeous family of yours is spoiling you!

    And if that beautiful post is a sign of what is to come this year, then I think you have great things heading your way!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Beth. lovely posts you write. You had me at daphne and I also love the routine, fires and laughter in the days. Anna x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14051966224299058176 clare

    Happy birthday Beth, you have a wonderful life and must feel blessed, you write so eloquently. I turn 40 this year and also feel quite positive as well as introspective. Thank you again for seeming to get us !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03283618400442819761 Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous lady. I hope the year ahead brings you everything you dream of and more xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Ahhh I love your style Beth, such a glorious post. So humble and inspiring. I can still vaguely recall your 25th/26th birthday… in the office… causing a stir… because that’s what you did on your birthday… can it really be 10 years ago!? Crazy lady I tell you. Happy days lovely xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00753028071925685075 LINDA from OEKE

    Happy birthday funny lady.
    You share the same birthday as my boy Joe.
    Hope you had as good a day as he did (-:

  • http://alwayslauren.wordpress.com/ alwayslauren

    We share a birthday – happy happy – mine was mediocre yesterday – with lots of cake. My post was slightly different but at the end of the day I think we’re all grateful for what we have. Lots of love for a beautiful year.

  • http://alwayslauren.wordpress.com/ alwayslauren

    Happy happy! We share a birthday – mine was slightly mediocre yesterday with lots of cake. Having cooked my own dinner, my post I hope was not reflective of me feeling sorry for myself :) Hope your year is beautiful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15761220164069379437 Maxabella

    Cheers to the next blessed 35, Beth. x