Nineteen.

Aaaaand I’m 19! Hi!

As I’m sure you’re all very well aware by now, it was my birthday last week. It seems pretty crazy to think that this is my last year as a teenager. Maybe it’s because I haven’t started college yet, but the thought of being 20 whole years old next year feels completely insane.

For now, though, 19 feels pretty dang good; it sort of just feels right. I suppose that really isn’t anything unusual– I am indeed 19, so it makes sense that I feel 19. I think that it feels comforting because I’m past the high school element associated with 18, and I’m not yet at the level of adulthood that comes in your 20’s, so I’m in this sweet spot in between.

I’m an adult, but I’m also still a teenager.

My birthday was a lot more lowkey than usual this year. My friends all went back to school only a few weeks ago, and my extended family is obviously all in Australia, so it was just me, Gabriel, and my parents for most of the day (we did have breakfast with some close family friends from Australia who were in town which was a blessing!).

I usually go all out for my birthday, but it actually felt really special to have a quieter one this year. I talk a lot about making the most of a moment, and one thing I’ve learned is that living a moment to its fullest looks different in different seasons. The way I felt that I could make the most of this birthday was to embrace the quietness.

I’m keenly aware that this slow(er) paced season of life is temporary, and that come August, I won’t be with my family anywhere near as much as I am now. Maybe its the beginning of the new decade talking, but I’m also aware that our family will grow in the coming years– so I’m soaking up every moment of it being just us four.

So that’s what I did. I had a really beautiful day with my family where we ate (so much) good food and went shopping and simply enjoyed being together. I am so thankful for it.

Chicken pot pie! Yes, please!
And pavlova for dessert! Pretty stoked.
French toast for dinner. Yep.
Gabriel’s dinner was a little more of a traditional dinner time meal haha. Looked amazing!
Yes, I had french toast for dinner. Yes, I still had dessert. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I cannot wait to see what 19 holds.

All my love.

Sincerely,

M. xo.

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