I have some facts to start off with today:

#1. I know you know this. But let me reiterate. I. Love. My. Birthday. Three days later, I’m still coming down off the b-day high.

#2. Here’s another thing that I absolutely love: my friends being friends with my friends. I know all of us have multiple friend groups. And nothing makes me happier than seeing those friend groups mesh together and like each other. Oh it just gets my insides celebrating.

And here’s fact #3 you need to know: I was TERRIBLY homesick this time when I returned to Nashville. Pretty much, as I was walking out of my parents’ door in Atlanta, Mom said, “I don’t know if I’ve ever not seen you on your birthday.” Which then caused me to melt into a puddle of sadness and remind her, through my tears, that she missed 21 and 22, thank you very much. So I cried the whole way back to Nashville, wishing that I could just stay in Atlanta forever. [I’m not dramatic or emotional at all.]

So. I was grateful that I had my birthday to celebrate right after I got back to Nashville on the 4th because I was hoping that Fact #1 and Fact #2 would eliminate Fact #3.

I started out my birthday with a job interview [second interviews will be in 2 weeks] then my sweet parents bought me jeans at Old Navy [I had to throw a pair away in South Africa], then I hung at Frothy Monkey all day. People kept asking how my day was. And I had the same answer every time.

It was AWESOME. I am ALWAYS amazed that I have only lived here for 11 months and have such wonderful friends. They are gifts from God and I don’t deserve them at all. But God has again proven to me that He provides above and beyond what I’m able to dream. This picture is proof.

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I promise I have dude friends too. We just didn’t take a group pic when they were there. 🙂 Aren’t these girls the cutest? How would I have even known to dream this big? I am so deeply grateful.

Oh. Here are some dudes. I forgot about this picture. I don’t know why I look scared. But I obviously had some amount of fear in my heart at this moment.

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How cute are they? And they are all single, ladies. Just say the word and I’ll hook you up. From left to right- there’s the musician/band guy, the trendy photographer, the jock, and the brains. And not an ugly one in the bunch. I’m telling you- if you cover me up, this picture is like a mini version of The Bachelorette.

I’ve lost focus. I’m sorry. Back to my birthday….

I love that this is the life that God has given me. Yes, there are moments of doubt, 3 1/2 hour long “moments” of homesickness. I think that’s natural.

But on my birthday, as I watched my friends being friends with my friends, and as I felt the sadness melt away, I realized that I am really really lucky to live this life with these people.

29 is going to be quite a year.