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Thursday, July 29, 2010


Years Young. Today.
Trying to embrace it.

Twenty-two years ago I was married. Today.
That one is easy to embrace!

~ ~ ~

Over the last year Dan has asked me repeatedly what I wanted to do today.

Paris was discussed... often!

But, in the end my true heart's desire was to wake up in my own bed, in my beautiful home that several years ago was only a dream, and spend the day with Dan and Ella, a lobster or two, a bottle of Veuve, and walk on the beach in Maine!

I struggled with this decision for a while because, you see, this is something we do rather often (sans the bottle of Veuve!) I felt I should want to do something big and grand.... but then, my gift came in the realization that for me personally, my perfect day is not some big celebration or trip, but something I get to do all the time! How lucky does that make me?!

Pretty darn.

With that said... we are off to Maine!

I thought we were just going for the day, but come to find out (I just found out:) we are going for several days! We are going further North than we have ever been (as we usually do day-trips) and are going to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park! I am so excited! If I see Martha I'll tell her you said hi!!

I hope to see some of this... puppy joy running on the beach!
"Happiness... not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour."~Walt Whitman~

see you soon!


Home and Lifestyle said...

Congratulations and enjoy your days!!!!!!

Warm regards, Ingrid (Home & Lifestyle)

Allie and Pattie said...

You are so right- and you are very blessed. Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! And have a wonderful time!!
xoxo Pattie

Janine Marshall said...

Hi Joan and Dan,

It's been a while since I've called in. Happy Birthday Joan. 50 years young. Hope you have a great time at Maine - enjoy your Anniversay too.
Take care
Tasmania, Australia

the gardeners cottage said...

hi joan,

happy bday and anniversary! you are a very smart woman to recognize all the blessings you have everyday. how wise! i love this post. have a very happy trip!


Brooke said...

Yay! Happy birthday and happy anniverary, how exciting! I hope you have the best day and I can't wait to hear about the trip.

P.S. Tell Ella hi!

Anonymous said...


I remember when you were born and before. I remember changing your diapers! How old does that make me baby sister? ;)

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary my sweet Aunt Joanie! I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful trip!

I love you!

a Broad said...

Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary !!
Cumpeaños Feliz & Aniversario Feliz !!

I look forward to reading all about the celebrations.

LindsB said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you have the most wonderful trip to Bar Harbor, I LOVE it there! Make sure to eat lobster for every, single meal and if you have a chance the lobster boat tour is really kinda fun! Enjoy!!!

Angela Gundersen said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!!! It's so good when you realize life's greatest pleasures are often right in your own backyard!

Blue said...

Dear Joan, Happy Birthday to you and Happy Anniversary to you both! Enjoy your unexpected vacation. Walt Whitman was right. Best wishes, Barry

My Yellow House said...

What a special day...I wish you armfuls of happiness, sunshine and many more blessings.
I hope you enjoy every hour of your getaway!

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary ~


vignette design said...

Happy Birthday! Have a great time in Maine and remember that 50 is the new 40! Happy Anniversary too--enjoy that bottle of wine!

house things said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary. Have a great time in Maine!

Velvet and Linen said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!
I am the same way. I like to celebrate my special days simply with the ones I love.
I will think of you this evening, on your walk, sipping away :)


Room Seventeen said...

Happy Birthday Joan. Enjoy your stay in Acadia National Park! I've been to Paris and Bar Harbor, and I prefer Acadia !

A Country Farmhouse said...

Happy Birthday dear friend!
Also, Happy Anniversary to you and Dan! May you both have the most wonderful, wonderful getaway to beautiful Maine.


Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

Happy Birthday, Joan. (and Happy Anniversary, as well) I think that the older we get the more we realize that theres is little more wonderful than our homes that we love and the family who loves us. What a perfect way for you to spend your day. Think of us poor Texans who are dying in the 105 degree heat!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Warmest birthday and anniversary wishes to you! Isn't it great to feel so blessed that even a trip to Paris isn't a draw? It's what we all strive for and sometimes all we need to do is stop and reflect and then we realize we already have everything that means the most to us. Have a great getaway! : )

diana said...

Happy and Happy to you! I agree with you... Maine.. the way life should be!

sharon said...

Happy Birthday, happy anniversary. You are so right, how wonderful to be able to say that the place you most want to be is where you are already!
Enjoy the trip to Maine.

Kerry said...

Happy 5oth and happy anniversary. I turned 50 a few years ago and it was the best birthday ever! Partying with family and friends, doing what I loved most, just enjoying my life. I think you've got it absolutely right. Enjoy your time away :)

Millie said...

Happy, happy 50th birthday dear Joan! Your few days away sound sublime, I'm sure every second will be memorable.
Millie ^_^

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Happy Birthday, Dear Joan...You have come home.

We have much in common...same year. Born and married! To life! To fifty! To being happy in your skin...and home!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Ooops...and happy happy anniversary to you and the coolio garage man!

Tamra said...

How nice to see someone appreciate everyday for what it truly is.....the present.

Without a bow, a bottle of champagne or any fanfare each day is wonderful. Good for you for really enjoying it! (Although a bottle of champagne is never a bad idea in my book).


Kathy said...

A VERY Happy Birthday and anniversary! Enjoy your trip. It sounds fab. I turned 50 several years ago and find that I am more content now than I've ever been. Belssings.

Brabourne Farm said...

Hi Joan - happy birthday! I hope the next 50 years are filled with beautiful things and much fun! Enjoy your weekend away. Leigh

A Perfect Gray said...

absolutely beautiful. you brought tears of joy to my eyes. I love your sentiments and I believe they echo those in my heart as well.

I wish you much happiness and a wonderful time celebrating your milestones.

all my best, Donna

carolyn said...

such a happy post!
wishes for a fabulous few days filled with your favorite everything.

happy birthday
happy anniversary-

Trish said...

Happy Birthday & happy Anniversary & enjoy a wonderful weekend!!!

3 Peanuts said...

Happy happy birthday. I love this post because when life is good...everyday IS a celebration. Your everyday is very blessed:)

Boxwood Terrace said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary, Joan! What beautiful and inspiring thoughts about these important days for you. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your long weekend. I hope you'll share some photos of Maine when you return!

Kara said...

Happy Birthday and how wonderful to celebrate your Anniversary too. Sound like the perfect way to celebrate to me. Congratulations again. :)


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