26.

 Today is my 26th birthday.

I’ve had a weird feeling about turning 26, only because that’s when you are adult, I think. Well, maybe not so much that you ARE an adult, but you’re not a kid anymore. I’m closer to 30 than 20. I guess it’s all downhill from here. Ha!

I had a wonderful day! Ben and I had a bit of a tiff last night before bed and I fell asleep on the couch and stayed there, but this morning he came up and surprised my sleepy head with some gifts. He’s sneaky that one. He has recently taken to ordering me things online and then changing the password on the bank account so I can’t see that he has bought me something.

I have wanted a simple silver cuff bracelet forever but have been unable to find a nice one. Taking inspiration from my Christmas gift (this necklace I LOVE), Ben searched Lisa Leonard‘s website and found the perfect one: 

He had it stamped with: “ever mine . ever ours” (a quote by Beethoven). It’s beautiful and perfect. I love it so much.

However, he wasn’t done, I also got an adorable pair of pearl drop earrings (this was the only picture I could find):

AND…a gift certificate to a local spa (he found it on Groupon, which I love even more!). I have been wanting to try a stone massage and I cannot wait to book it!

Oh man, I felt so spoiled! We then decided to go to brunch. I said I wanted to go somewhere we don’t always go and I wanted a mimosa so we got dressed up and headed to an amazing little restaurant, VQ.

Oh my gosh, the special banana-milk bread was to-die-for and the eggs benedict was delicious. The mimosas, however, were only so-so, but we were so pleased anyway!

After brunch, my sweet hubby was really feeling like spoiling me because he sat through a manicure (I tried the new shellac stuff and we’ll see how it lasts) and then a trip to lush. He waited patiently as I looked around and even offered to go more places if I wanted to. However, I knew he had a lot of school work to get to and I didn’t want him to feel stressed, so home we went.

We laid low for a few hours and I toyed with the idea of going to a Tea Party with some girls from my small group, but just about when I was thinking about getting dressed, Ben said, “where do you want me to take you for dinner?” I didn’t know I was getting dinner out too! I opted for an evening with my love instead of tea with the girls and we prepared to try a new restaurant: Fire on the Mountain. When we got there though, in typical Portland fashion, it was busting at the seams with people and it didn’t look like we’d ever get a table, so we headed down the street to The Matador. We had a few mojitos and then a pretty good dinner. We lingered over conversation and yummy food and had a lovely evening.

I am so thankful for my husband for making my day so special. As I briefly mentioned above, we had been fighting and I wasn’t excited about my birthday, but he made everything OK. It meant so much to me that we were able to step away from the stress and busyness of life right now (which is what we had been fighting about, things just sometimes get to be too much!) and just focus on being together.

It is a blessing bigger than words to have a partner to live life with. The good, the bad and the ugly. Someone to celebrate the joys with and to wade through the muck with. I am so thankful for my sweet Ben, and I am thankful that 4 years ago today he gave me the most amazing gift ever by asking me to be his wife.

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