Yesterday I was feeling a little down about 'the BIG 35'. It seems so, well, old. I feel like I am becoming increasingly more forgetful and my teenage acne has come back with a fury. My hair is turning darker and I'm gaining weight for no reason! Sigh. 35. Wow. It was a happy day despite my old age, because of the people around me. Joseph made me breakfast and one of his custom homemade cards and we went to lunch at Ruby River. My sweet visiting teacher, Kelly, brought delicious smore treats and fun lotion and soap. Most of my family, including my grandparents in Missoula, called me. My sister was on the west coast on vacation and managed to leave me a message and email, so that made my day as well. My best friend Danielle (from high school) also left a thoughtful message I appreciated. Two of Joseph's sisters also took the time to email and call. And Heather brought me those oh-so-heavenly bath mineral salts I love so much. Those small recognitions on your birthday really do make a difference! (Especially on the big bad ugly 35th...) But the greatest birthday gift, was this: My mom took me shopping last weekend for some new bedding. We shopped all over the mall and found a $400 Chris Madden satin comforter and shams with bedskirt ON SALE for $100!!! I love the pale blue with soft gold accents. Now if I can get some ideas from any of you who may be reading this (especially my pro-bono home decor consultant Julie Meldrum) for ideas about window treatments or mistreatments as my cousin Melissa would say... and I know I probably need some sort of gold throw pillow, right? I do love my plantation shutters, but I still need something above, do you think? I am a beginner sewer if that helps, but I sure need some advice... and tonight I will make myself a Grandma Lofgren chocolate birthday cake. All is well, all is well!
I am honored to be married to my husband extraordinaire Joseph, for 15 years. Our joy is full (most days) because we are blessed to have these children in our family: Joshua (12yrs), Emma (10 yrs), Caleb (7yrs), and Elizabeth (5 yrs.). I enjoy camping with my family, cooking, reading, playing and teaching the violin and blogging. Our story began over 15 years ago at Ricks College. We have moved 9 times in 14 years, but have come full circle to the city where we were married and sealed in the LDS temple.