Tomorrow I'm 29

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And I leave this year behind feeling overwhelmed with gratitude. Looking back on where I was on my last birthday and evaluating my state of mind today—wow.

Healing is possible, friends. Enjoying motherhood, even if it began with trauma, is possible and SO WONDERFUL! As I begin a new year, I am so thankful for every second that brought me here. I will go to bed tonight with both arms full of babies and an even fuller heart. And to those of you who have been with me on this journey and continued reading, reaching out, and cheering me on—thank you. You have been a village when I didn’t know where to look for one.

So, I want to celebrate! I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing tomorrow, but at some point this fall I’d like to throw a little Bare Mama Mixer to hang out with you ladies and make you feel lovely and appreciated, too. Who’s up for coming? I will hopefully have more details nailed down in the next few days. I can see the amount of readers through the back end of this blog, but I would much rather put real faces to that number (and give you a hug, too, if you’re into that kind of thing!).

In the meantime, my oldest really wants to bake a cake and shower me with love for my birthday. So I think I’ll go take part in that :)