I figured since it's the official last day of my birthday month that I better write about how my 30th went. Those of you that follow me on instagram @jillybeanjewelry got to see the festivities and how amazing it was; for me that is. It was the 2nd best Birthday of my life. I couldn't believe I am alive to see 30!
When I say it was my 2nd best Birthday, the first was when I turned 26. For those of you that follow my blog you know that when I was 25 in 2009 I became deathly ill and almost died. I truly didn't believe I would make it to 26. I will never be able to put into words how amazing that morning was when I opened my eyes on my 26th Birthday, but 30 was very similar.
Las Vegas. Those of you that have been to The Encore, know how absolutely beautiful it is. All I wanted to do the entire week was sit at the pool and sip cold drinks. I got my wish. It was magical! The weather was beautiful, the room was gorgeous, and the company was the best. It was the most amazing Birthday.
On the morning of the 5th I woke up, and got ready to go spend the day by the pool. As Dave and I headed down, I was greeted by the concierge with balloons and gift cards to the buffet for that night. Then it was off to the pool. Dave and I sat in the water and soaked up the sun. We had such a lovely day. I got my wish too! Plenty of nice, cold, delicious drinks were served all day.
When I decided I had sufficiently meant my sun quota for the day we went back to the room. I opened the door and my entire room was decorated! It was the best surprise ever!! My Mom and Dad had covered it in Balloons, signs, and streamers! I was floored. I was in heaven and so excited! I don't know about you, but I LOVE Birthday's! To have my room all done was the icing on a so far perfect day!
After coming in from the pool, Dave made a gorgeous bath for me and I soaked for hours. It was so nice. Then I got all ready to go out that night! I curled my hair, put on a gorgeous dress, and we hit the casinos! I ended up only winning $40, but we had so much fun! Dinner was great, and spending time with the people I love the most was perfect.
As we got back to the room a little before my Birthday was over, I told Dave how much I loved this day. I started to cry because I was so thankful to actually be alive to see 30. For a long time I never thought I would hit 30 years old. To be alive, and well on my 30th Birthday was the greatest gift ever. To be with the man of my dreams is a gift from God. The entire week was magical. I truly didn't want to get on the plane and come home.
When I got home the party didn't end though! Dave's family had a Birthday party for me that was so much fun! I got to see all but 1 of the 7 sisters, and most of my nieces and nephews were there. I got big hugs and kisses, some fun jewelry, and the best cards ever! Dave's family is amazing and I'm so lucky to have gained 7 beautiful sisters and a Mom and Dad that love me so much! They are so good to me!
All in all it was an amazing month. I feel so lucky to be here at 30 years old. To be alive at this time in my life is a true gift from God. I truly cherish every day and realize how lucky I am every morning when I open my eyes. I still have my bad days, but I'm grateful for them too (just maybe not in the moment.)
In my next 30 years...I'll try to stop cussing like a sailor, be a bit more like my mom, I would love to become a mother in this life, be a better friend, do more service in my church and other areas, help my husband finish medical school, be a better wife, sister, daughter, and daughter in law, and above all be a better daughter of God. I hope to still be having as much as I do now though! One thing that won't change is the thing that makes Jill, "Jilly!" It's what Dave calls me.."I'm Spicy!" I hope I never lose that "Spice" for life! Here's to the next 30 years!