Turning 34


November 5, 2020

It’s my birthday this weekend and I am all dressed up with nowhere to go. Last year Joe took me to Detroit for a weekend away. We toured the Edsel Ford house, ate a fantastic dinner and had a weekend alone to do whatever we wanted. When we celebrated Joe’s birthday in quarantine I thought this whole thing would be wrapped up by November and we could celebrate our birthdays together. However we felt it best to skip the hotel and brunch hopping this year and go for a little plane ride (weather pending) and take advantage of the rare 60 degree weekend in November and get the farm ready for the arrival of my green house.

2021 is going to be ridiculous with all of the make up trips and dates and dinners we have on our “to do list” I’m sure we’re not the only ones.

Turning 34 this year is weird. It’s another year of my “early thirties” gone and they just seem to be flying by. As odd as 2020 has been it sure has been going fast. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing?

Kate Spade Tweed Sparkly Jacket

33 has definitely been a year of growth and I am anxious to see what 34 brings. Back in March it was a hard hit on the breaks for slowing down. I got to spend three weeks solo with my son at home and then another 2 months at home with just the three of us. It was a hard shock to the system again when things started to open back up and our bubble expanded and then now closing back up as things continue to change here yet again.

I think year 33 has ultimately taught me how hard change is. Not only one change but multiple rapid fire changes day after day week after week. It has been a year of both rest and keeping on your toes as you don’t know what tomorrows rules, case counts, restrictions and findings will be.

It’s been a year of scrappyness, Is that a word? When daycares and schools closed, the shop closed, the restaurants closed, we almost ran out of toilet paper, working from home started… it was a lesson on being scrappy with your resources as well as your time (we had just enough toilet paper). (thank God).

Humans, especially children are resilient and as we head forward to a quiet season I am most grateful for the health of my family, friends and coworkers.

We might not be going to Detroit or Nashville but I’m still going to find a way to sneak in some tulle and sequins this weekend. Even if it is to walk out to my yard and check the progress of my greenhouse.

This year has been tough. I’ve never felt so much conflicting anxiety and peace in my entire life. I feel though that as we head through the tunnel of winter the light is on the other side. 34 is going to be great. I can feel it.

I’m grateful you are all here. Thank you for keeping this blog alive over the past eleven years.

You made 33 pretty great.

Outfit: This outfit is old except for this new jacket 40% off now! 

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  1. Lindsay says:

    Happy birthday! My birthday is this weekend too!!!

  2. Jane says:

    Happy Birthday!! You look gorgeous ❤️

  3. Rhonda says:

    Happy Birthday – ENJOY

  4. Christina says:

    Happy birthday Abby! I hope you have a fun weekend with your family and that this year brings many great things for you, and new adventures. God bless you and your family.

  5. Umanga Abeysena says:

    Happy Birthday and may the Lord bless you band keep you and your family. What date is your birthday ? I as as mine is on the 10th Nov.

  6. Darleene Moore says:

    May all your dreams and projects come true for you this year and maybe Ottos tube can be gone and heal. Love your family. Enjoy your birthday weekend

  7. Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday! I thought the same back in March-figured that life would be back to normal in November for my big 50 birthday! Can I just tell you-I have so many new clothes purchased in 2020 for special events that have been covid canceled-haha!! I bought the black & orange floral dress from Atlantic Pacific to celebrate my 50th. We had planned on going to DÍA and eating bumpy cake in their cafe-they serve it up so it looks like art! I got the dress & shoes… but DÍA cafe is closed & so are our favorite restaurants in Detroit. Even our favorite coffee shop is open only a few hours!!! Next time you go to Detroit you gotta visit John King Bookstore. It’s amazing! My allergies go cuckoo in the building, but the convoluted mass of books is well worth the watery eyes and sneezing.
    Love your blog!

Abigail Albers       Author

Abby is a wife and mother, antique shopper, entrepreneur, gardener, sheep lady, sequin enthusiast and your Midwest Martha Stewart Wannabe.. Follow her on instagram @adventuresinabbyland.

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