30 years ago.....

A baby girl was born
She had masses of thick black hair, was chubby which slanted her eyes, and had light jaundice - so her grandpa thought she was half asian! He called her China Baby. He wasn't very politically correct.

She was immediately adopted into the best family ever! She never felt like they weren't her biological family. She was brought home from the hospital on Boxing Day - her mother called her her late Christmas gift!

And one day, she was sealed to them for time and all eternity. So, she was theirs and they were hers... forever!

They loved to camp - a LOT! Their favorite place? Mount Kidd in Kananaskis Country. BEAUTIFUL!

They also vacationed EVERY SUMMER in Pentiction, B.C. which she LOVED. Epecially swimming and playing in the sand.

She grew up very happy, even with a younger brother who loved to torment her poor soul.

She had a mother who was crafty- not in the sly sense, but in the "I can sew you a dress to match the wallpaper" sense :)

As she grew, so did her hair. Way past her butt, which became annoying by the 7th grade when she was FINALLY allowed to cut it. Her big sister D had to do it when mom was in another Province.

She had so many great friends growing up - especially as a teenager. She love to have fun and hang out with her buddies. Her FAVORITE thing was going to the dances. Her parents taught her how to jive and she loved winning prizes with her Jive partner "B".

Soon, she graduated from high school- with honors. Which was easy because she loved school and loved learning. It was bitter-sweet, however, as she knew she would loose touch with many good friends.

She couldn't find a modest graduation dress anywhere, so her mother (the crafty woman is she) sewed her a modest dress that the girl felt comfortable wearing outside the house. She had a BLAST!

A couple of years passed and soon she began wishing for her prince charming to find her. It wasn't long that a handsome young man arrived home from a mission in a far away and strange land (California). He swept her off her feet, and they were engaged to be married within 2 months of him arriving home. Hey, when you know, you know!

Soon after, their very best friends met and became engaged to each other! Two matches made in heaven!

Those first couple of years passed quickly. SO quickly that they can't even remember those days with no children!

But, after 10 years together, they had a beautiful family of 4 daughters who were the apple of their eyes.

Yes, the girl was happy, content, and still in her twenties...

Until December 21, 2008!

Yes, folks. I'm turning 30! HOW did that happen?? Okay, I don't need any explanations, I know exactly about how the earth spins and how the years pass. And so, here it is. A new decade ahead of me! There is something exciting about that, isn't there?? I love it! I only have a few days before Christmas to really celebrate my past 30 years, and I'm going to milk it for all it's worth :)

In an effort to really boost my morale, I'm asking YOU for a birthday gift. If you have followed my blog for over a year, then you know what I'm going to ask you lovely blogiverse friends of mine. I'd love for you to leave me a comment here. That's all. I'd LOVE to reach 30 comments for my 30th birthday (but no pressure) - tee hee hee. I want to meet any lurkers out there who haven't said hello, yet. I don't bite! (Usually)

Thank you all for enriching my life these past couple of years. I just love hearing from you, exchanging ideas, hearing your advise, laughing with you, crying with you. Thank you for being my blog buddies and for stickin' with me - even when I get UBER BORING (yes, I'm aware that it happens) :) Thanks again, everyone - and have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!


Josie said...

Happy 30th B-Day Bobbi!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Bobbi-Jo! It was so fun to look back on those old pictures and actually remember you in the outfit to match your wall paper, and how your hari was the bain of your existance, but how much fun it was usig it as the reins on a horse, remember that? Sorry. Your hair was just so cool, and I never could grow mine that long.
I hope these last 30 years have been great, but I hope and pray the next 30 years are the best 30 years yet! All the best Bobbi! Have a great 30th birhtday!

Nora said...

Happy , happy birthday Bobbi Jo.
Loved seeing all those pictures of you. I remember when your hair was super long like that.
Does our oldest EVER look like you... lucky girl.
Have a beautiful day
Love, Nora

gina said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!! The 30s have been the best decade so far, even if I do still claim to be only 19!

Hope the day is great for you :)

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday! Your brave to put all of those pictures online! Hope you have a fantastic day! You've made a difference in my life too, by the way.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday! to you and my beautiful daughter!! Thanks for sharing your great blog with us! Here's to the next ten years! I loved my thirties and next year I say goodbye to them and on to my 40's...like u i am not sure how that happened as well!

Andrea said...

happy birthday! Loved the pictures. Why couldn't you cut your hair?
Hope you have some great birthday days!

Steph said...

Ummm lurker here. Happy Upcoming Birthday! I feel like I know you from all the 'goods' Joanne tells about you all the time. I hope you get your wish of 30 comments!!!

Lynn said...

Oh my gosh!!! I LOVED this post. SO fun!
Do your girls EVERY look like you!

I loved seeing the pictures of your mom too in her younger years. She hasn't changed much, has she. How does she do that???!

I've always been so blessed to have had the chance to get to know you for a few years before you moved. I will always appreciate our friendship!


And just so you know.......the 40's are even better! Ha!

Michelle said...

You will be at 30 comments in no time!!!

What a great post Bobbi!

Wishing you a very, very happy birthday, I'm sure it will be a delight!

I cannot believe how much I see your kid's in you as a kid, it's amazing!

Jenn said...

Happy happy ((Thirty-ith)) Birthday Bobbi dear happy days will come for you all year. If I had a wish then it would be a, a happy happy birthday to you from me!!!

What a fun look back on things! Well happy 30th!!! Hope you have a fantastic day and that you meet (or exceed) your comment birthday wish)

Bonnie B. said...

Happy Birthday!
Happy, Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!
It's your special day. Hey!

Lovd this post! I have no doubt you will reach 30 comments, and go waaaay beyond! I have enjoyed your blog, and appreciate your example! And, by the way, the 30's are so much better that the 20's! Happy birthday!!!1

Theresa said...

AWESOME BIO!!! I love the pics of you growing up...too cute! I didn't know that you were friends with the Howie's. I LOVED them when I was in thier ward! Crazy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Thanks for all you teach and share with us! :)

Jessica said...

Happy birthday! I am a lurker who found you via your photoshop tutorials =)

Robin said...

Happy Birthday Bobbi!!! I love your dedication to yourself that was just awesome to read!

You'll have a fabulous birthday! And as Tim McGraw says "my next 30 years will be the best years of my life"... yours will be too :)

CASSIE and JON said...

Happy 30th Birthday Bobbi!
Thanks for being contagiously sexy, witty, spiritual, and crafty!!! :)
I hope I am half the woman you are, when I turn 30!!!
Have some cake, and EAT it too! You deserve it girl! Enjoy your special day...

Cristan said...

What a sweet post! Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

In our family we can't wish someone a happy birthday without doing it in song -
"This month is such a special one, it's birthday time for you! I'd really like to celebrate this happy day with you - Zippity A and Heidi ho there's something I can do, I'll sing a song that we all know - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!"
Thanks for all you share -
Erin McMilon

~Diana~ said...

Happy Birthday! I dreaded the 30s but now that I'm 33, I'm loving them. I think they are better than the 20s. Hope is a great one!

amy w. said...

Happy Birthday Bobbi!! I hope it was a great one! :D

Kristi said...

Happy birthday Bobbijo! you are still a young one! have a great day.

Amy said...

Happy happy Birthday Bobbi Jo dear!...
I haven't been to your blog for awhile, and I'm so glad I stopped today, to remind myself how awesome it is. wow, it is awesome. I love the tutorials, you are so generous to share your knowledge! thanks!

...Happy days will come to you all year, If I had a wish ten it would be, A happy happy birthday to you from me!

Joanne said...

wooowhoooo you made it! I wish we could be together and have a fabulous scrapbooking night out with a beautiful supper and cake (like we did for Jayna's and my 30th). I think you are fabulous in your 20's and now entering those fun 30's!!!

Clair said...

Happy Birthday- thanks for sharing all your goodness and talents through your blog. The pictures of you as a child look so much like your oldest girl! And don't worry- "middle age" doesn't start till 35- (I know, I'm there.) :)

Christal said...

Happy Birthday Bobbi 30 years old!!!I hope the next 30 will be even better !! The 30's are awesome they only get better! {Since I'll be 33 in a couple of weeks I can say that right} They are good!! Age brings better thinking for awhile I think until senior moments hit I guess ha ha!
I loved this post and loved that you are adopted didn't know that about you what a beautiful, happy story thanks for sharing! I hope my daughter grows up happy, beautiful and successful just like you!!
I love the way you write and love your talented blog!!!

Trish said...

Hello Bobbi! I L-O-V-E love your blog. You’re so good at writing and very funny too : )
I especial love your photography and tips. I have learned so much from you. Thank you!!

Happy Birthday!!

Bridget said...

Happy Birthday Bobbi! I've been following your blog for a few months now and love every post!

Natalie said...

Happy 30th Birthday!!

I want to thank you again for the advice you gave me (I got the 85mm/1.8! Love it!!) and for creating your boosts and sharing them!!

Hope your 30's are wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Well Bobbi, you made it to 30 comments and since I couldn't be your first post, I'll be your 30th!

I hope this birthday was memorable and enjoyable for you and you realize that you are 110% of what this family is and any successes are because of you and your love for us.

You have accomplished more in the last 30 years than most people have done in a lifetime and you are so dang cute to boot!

Thank you for saying 'yes' and sticking with me through all the hard times over the past 10.5 years. You are everything I've wanted and more importantly everything I've needed to become a real man and good father.

The world or my inadequate comment doesn't give you the justice you deserve but the Lord will bless you for eternity and I luckily get to be there with you!

Happy Birthday! I love you!


Anonymous said...

I am a lurker, I lurk for your awesome photography tips and tutorials, keep it up please!!! Hope you have a great bday!

Brandi said...

Happy Happy Birthday Bobbi! May your next 30 years be as blessed as your first 30.

Sarah said...

Have a AWESOME 30th birthday!!
I wanna be like you when I grow up!! ;D

Merry Christmas too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bobbi,
I have lurked here and there. Wow, only 30!, and so much wisdom to share!!
"One day older and wiser, too...Happy Birthday, to you!"

Mandy said...

My Mom made us those "baskets" that you were holding in your matching wallpaper dress picture. It must have been a super saturday project or something. Happy 30th! I can't wait until mine in April...I'm so excited!

mommyoffour said...

I know this is late, but happy birthday!!!!! I hope you had a wonderful day. I just have to tell you that you are never boring! I always enjoy your blog!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Shelley said...

Happy belated birthday! I feel like you are so much more sophisticated and mature and together and fabulous than I am. Well you ARE... all that and you are only 4 months older than me. Sheesh! I need to get my act together.
The wall hanging behind you in the picture where your dress matched the wallpaper made me laugh. My Mom made a few of those and I thought they were the prettiest things ever. Isn't it a good thing our tastes change as our ages do? Merry Christmas!

Debbi said...

CRAPPY-- I only saw this post TODAY!! (yah, a bit late. but oh well!)

I know that girl in your 'jive' photo! ;)

Happy belated birthday! You rock.

And I didn't know you were adopted! Crazy, hey? Are your siblings adopted too, because you guys LOOK alike!! Go figure!