23 Years

I turned 23 today! This was the first birthday that I haven’t just completely looked forward to for some reason, not that 23 is a “big” number, it’s just an “odd” number and I was pretty content with 22! However, my mom thought I was turning 24 and my Grandpa thought I was 22 so I am realizing that age really doesn’t matter!!

This was another significant age to me because I am now older than my mom was when I was born!! She was 22 and 1 month when I was born and I think it’s kind of neat because I will be 23 and 1 month when Paxton arrives! (I am one year behind her with significant life changes…she married at 18, I was 19!!)

We kept the birthday celebration pretty low key (which we always do!) John David was at a conference all day and brought home Taco Bell…yum! We also agreed to a small birthday budget for this year and he did wonderful, he gave me 3 beautiful red roses and a box of Fun Dip (which is another one of my favorite things, I will have to ration it because Paxton and I don’t need too much sugar!)

The “birthday” table!! All of my cards, roses and Fun Dip!

These are so beautiful!

After eating our dinner, we sat down on the couch and read “Our Love Story” which is a scrapbook I made  about us meeting and our 9 months of dating! We spent about an hour sitting together reading, reminiscing & being thankful that God brought us together!

Spending time with my love, enjoying some of my favorite foods, flowers and quality time is definitely a finer thing!!



18 Replies to “23 Years”

  1. I must have found your blog via a link somewhere, and while I have practically nothing in common with you, I really like reading your blog. It’s so positive and life-affirming. Thank you for sharing your story. And Happy Birthday! 23 was a good year for me (I’m only 25 now). Your birthday looks so relaxed and fun! 🙂

    1. Thank you Molly!! I enjoy blogging about my simple life!! Glad to hear 23 was good for you…I miss my even number age but I suppose it doesn’t really matter anyways, it’s just a number!! And it was a wonderful birthday!!

  2. This is a perfect example of frugal & simple birthday. The way they should be. Happy Birthday to one of the smartest and youngest blogger’s I’ve read!

    1. It was very frugal & simple (& wonderful!) We like to keep things simple & focus more on each other than elaborate festivities & things!!

  3. I am so glad you had a good day! I agree, it is so funny how our families have so many birthdays close together. It is truly a small world!

  4. Happy birthday Rachel! I’m 34 now, but I remember 23 as my favorite year of life so far because it’s the year I got married–and it’s the age I still tell people I am, but nobody falls for it anymore. Enjoy your upcoming year!

  5. Hey,
    My name is Melanie Anderson. I live in Register, Georgia which is about 13 miles south of Statesboro home of Georgia Southern University. I enjoy reading your blog. I am a mother too, I have a two year old little girl. So is the best thing that could have ever happened to my husband and myself. I admire your strong will and determination in Christ and being a wife and a soon to be mother. Do you have a recipe for your strawberry cake that you had for your birthday. I pray that you have a safe delivery for you and baby Paxton. Thank you so much for posting the engouraging words and ideas about frugal living.
    Thank you,
    Melanie Anderson

    1. Thank you for “introducing” yourself!! As far as the cake goes, I cheated! It is from a box, I think it was Pillsbury cake mix & frosting!!

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