30. Thirty. 30!!


“Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30.”  -Robert Frost

I may be less than a day in, but I can say with confidence that I love my 30s. Today has been the best ever – breakfast with a full house of guests and sisters and friends, flower deliveries, coffee deliveries, furniture deliveries, good words, party prep, and messages from friends all over the world… including this:

Can you handle it? I can’t. I can’t handle it. I am the luckiest girl in the world, and don’t deserve the friends that I have – but will shamelessly and gratefully take every minute that they give me.

I wish I could tell you how loved I feel today, but I just can’t.  It’s the best day.  My heart is bursting.  I am overwhelmed and thankful and happy, and I just want time to stand still.

Thank you, dear readers – near and far, known and unknown – for being a part of my life.



  1. Whitney on August 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Happy birthday! I am sure you will meet your 30s with even more grace, style, gumption, and general bad assery than your 20s. Glad to hear your day is so full of love. May it be a harbinger for the next decade of your life!

  2. Michael on August 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Awesome! Enjoy every minute, sweet friend. You frequently make this old man (52) smile, but none bigger than just now!

  3. Emily from Seattle on August 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Happy birthday…hope 30 is better than you ever thought it could be! :)

  4. anna on August 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    happy birthday, miss annie! someday i’d love to meet you in person when you visit seattle. :)

    besides, obviously, the SONG at the end of the birthday video, my favorite part was, “and BESIDES, i just got my SHOTS.”

  5. kimberly on August 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    happy birthday to annie!!!!! 30 is really, really, really great. I turned 30 in colorado and it was the best ever. 30 has already been hard, but GOOD. the hard things seem easier to face, and friends are so good. PS–there is an ad in my sidebar right now that says “Why Men Fall In Love–Men don’t fall in love w/brains or looks. Learn what really hooks them…” doesn’t that sound super helpful? it seems like a great plan to me, no?

  6. Julie O on August 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Wooo Annie! Great party….great hutch…great dress…great queso…great playlist. Welcome to 30…and call me maybe.

  7. Miranda on August 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I can’t wait to hear about your party! Wish so much I could have been there. We’ll celebrate when you get here!

  8. Sarah on August 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Annie, that was amazing. You have incredible friends. Happy birthday – 30 was a good year :). (31 not too bad, either, fyi :).)

  9. Jessica Beecham on August 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

  10. Amanda on August 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that you are adored. And also, my kids crack me up. And lastly, I miss you.

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