Project 52 | THIRTY TWO

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My big girl turned three this week. sniff, sniff.

But this year was not like the first. or the second. Mama just needed something a little less fussy. I’ll get back to the detailed parties eventually, but somehow, this was just as special. Despite lacking the multitude of DIYs. She had just one–her shirt. And she smiled. All of our family came to visit (and are still here). And that, is a successful birthday. That’s what matters, right? Family. Love. Joy.

She awoke to a sea of balloons. Spent a day in charge–going to all her favorite places. Enjoying the exact birthday party she wanted. & we indulged her in the things she loves. Gymnastics. Movies. The Cars cake she has been visiting every week at Target.

It’s not about the fancy party. It’s not about the pretty blog post. It’s about how special she knows she is to all of us.

I hugged her tight at 10:15pm. I told her I loved her most. & she told me she loved me most and more too. & I celebrated this sweet, loving, kind child that made me a mother.

I don’t know how one can be more grateful with each passing year. But I sure am. :)


& Project 52 is off to a very collaborative start! If you’d like to join in–it’s not too late. Here’s everything you need to know about

my 2012 Project 52.

& those of you who are linking up (please let me know if you need to be edited/added!):

Adventures in MommyhoodAnd NowAubrey My LoveBlossoms & VintageBugs & Boo-Boos Candice CravesCandidly Colette Caynay PhotographyChristina’s Project 52 Chronicles of KTClaire Jane The Crain’s Nest Dana Moran Photography The Daulton Dabbler Englexas Everything Eatherton Fairy Wings & Dinosaurs Finding Joy Firecracker MamaFreckled PinkFrom Stanwood to Seoul Gin & Juice Boxes Heather Marie PortraitsIci & LaIt’s a Graham LifeIt’s a Strange & Lovely RideKate L Photography Keeping up with the Carters Kim Percival PhotographyLiving for Love Lizzi Photography Mahina & Lucas Mama Bethany McLain Padilla Photography Mist Moments Memories by Mere Moments & Impressions The Mommyhood Memos Moo with Me Moxie Made My Tots TravelNavigating the MothershipNicole Dina PhotographyOh the Places We’ll GoOur Baby Behr Our Splendid Little Life Phreckle Face Photography Quiet FootstepsRachel Gray PhotographyThe Robersons Shades of Bliss Shutter Mama BlogSide of the TableSimply Us Snaps of Our LifeSquamish Baby The Todd’sTruly Dedicated Mommy We Aren’t Scared of SugarWe’re Better Together Wicked KateWokabout Z as in Zebra

Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creative where I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is now complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.