I got a Nor’easter for my birthday.  It was the fourth one we’ve had this month.  And for the most part, I didn’t mind.  As I’ve mentioned before, I love living on Long Island, despite their weird winters and gusty snow storms.

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The weather changed our plans from a nice lunch at Rhum in Patchogue, to a super tasty breakfast at the Country Diner in Center Moriches.  Jeremy took me out and we both tried the Eggs Benedict over Crab cakes on English muffins with spinach and a delicious hollandaise sauce.  It was delightful and so was sitting with my husband of almost 15 years, reflecting on life and all of its joys.

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We drove around in the bad weather for a bit and when we got home, I found the most wonderful ice cream cake sitting on our porch.  It was from my Hangtime friends and it was so delightful.  I love ice cream cake, but more so, I love that I get to spend a lot of my life with people.  Hangtime is my heart… and getting to do something you are passionate about is half the battle of finding happiness in life, right?  I was so sad that we had to cancel Hangtime yesterday because of the bad weather, but this delicious cake made it seem that much better.

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I also walked inside to find this delightful arrangement of flowers sitting on our counter. Our dearest Grammy Joy brought it over and it was just the sweetest thing.  It’s hard to tell from the picture, but someone came up with the brilliant idea to make the flowers look like a sweet little puppy dog.

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The storm brought our kids home with a 2 hour early dismissal.  It was sweet to be shown such love and care from them both.  As I was reflecting yesterday, I thought, what a blessing it is, to be 37 with a 13 and 11 year old.  Our kids are in a great time of life, and doing so many great things.

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Sure, there are ups and downs, but overall just so many things to be thankful for.  Getting to enjoy a cozy afternoon with them both made me so happy on my special day.

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Jeremy grilled us up some delicious wings, despite the freezing cold sleet which overnight turned into a good 8 inches of snow.  We finished the day watching my all time favorite movie, The Greatest Showman and overall, it was a fantastic day.  My official present this year, will be a beach cruiser bike that I can use this Spring to ride around town with Ellee and I could not be more thankful.

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And that about sums up the many joys of my 37th birthday.  I make a point to write them down, because life goes by so fast and it’s so easy to forget.  But the things that I want to remember, in my 37th year of life, are the things I’ve shared in this post.  God has truly blessed me with incredible friends, living out my life’s passions and being surrounded by the family that I absolutely love.  I’m often reminded of my shortcomings and always want to be transparent in that sometimes my life is hard and often times, I fail in many ways.  But overall and at the end of each day, I know that I’m truly thankful… grateful… and blessed.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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