{at this moment...}

one week ago today, we were lying on a beach in hawaii with sand between our toes and the sun on our face. we've been going to hawaii in the fall for the past three years (same island, same resort); it's not as crowded during this season. though, when the kids start school, our fall trip will most likely have to be pushed up into summer. we'll take it for now. we had five families in total on this trip this year, and i had the amazing opportunity to celebrate my big four-oh in hawaii! on my birthday, while we were sitting on the beach watching the kids get buried in the sand, a friend turned to me and said, "today's your birthday, if money were no object and you could do anything you wanted, what would it be?" i thought aloud, "hm, have lunch with johnny depp on his private island, go on a shopping spree in paris, have oprah be my personal life coach…" then, i stopped myself, looked around, out over the bluest of oceans and the kids trying to wriggle free of their sand trap, and said, "this is it. right here. it doesn't get any better than this." most often, we have all we need right in front of us. i'm truly blessed.

a big, huge thank you to my family (and extended family) for making this trip really special. thank you friends near and far who sent messages via text and fb. and, last but certainly not least, thank you readers (silent and expressed) for stopping by and sending wishes. i felt the love, for sure.

*all photos above were taken with the iPhone 4S using the camera+ app.

10 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. I think that's awesome and you're wise to realize that what's in front of you is all we need. Happy weekend T!

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  2. I love these pictures! Your kids are adorable. It looks as if you had a wonderful time. I always try to appreciate where am I am and what I have in my life...each and every day.

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  3. happy birthday, theresa! your pictures are so beautiful. i'm glad you realized how special it was to be there, with your family and friends. may your 40's be filled with many fine adventures, and lots of love and laughter. starting with a great weekend!

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  4. what a wonderful birthday! and so, so special to realize it! I love each and every one of those photos.

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  5. Thanks everyone! Hope you all had a great Friday. Have a lovely weekend everyone.
    ((hugs)) t.

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  6. Beautifully written! I hear life in your 40s is pretty awesome! Your pictures are lovely : )

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  7. Happy birthday gorgeous one! So glad that your time away was so beautiful! Hope you can hold that sense of contentment. Much love xxx

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  8. theresa, i've nominated you for the versatile blogger award here : http://sangthebird.com.au/passing-on-the-versatile-blogger-love xxx

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  9. Oooh how nice! We went to Hawaii for the first time this year. Amazing! That's so great that you get to go every year. Beautiful photos, I love them!

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  10. @Tori - I'm hoping 40's the new 30. Ha!

    @Leah - Wow! I'm heading over now to check this out...Need to make sure I'm worthy.

    @Michelle - Yes, truly blessed. I hope you get to go again...Hm, anniversary?

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