34 things

1. Today is my birthday

2. I’m 34

3. October 5th is a very common birthday {go back 10 months and you get New Year’s. Looks like some folks were doing more than kissing at the stroke of midnight}.

4. I always thought it was the most common birth date in America, but new research shows differently.


5. My claim to fame is now gone. All you September 16th birthday-girls can now be proud that you have the most common birthday.

6. I am a middle child.

7. I have two sisters. They are friendly, giving, kind, funny and beautiful. And two of my closest friends.

{little sister, big sister, me. On big sister’s wedding day 9 years ago yesterday}.

8. You can’t tell from the photo but we each have a different natural hair color: blonde, brown, red. But the exact same mannerisms.

9. And we all wore the same wedding dress.

9. But our weddings were very different. Country club {fancy}. On the beach {elegant}. Summertime celebration {just plain fun}.

10. Our No. 1 is the oldest of the 9 cousins. For a short window of time this February their ages will be 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, baby. My mom is one happy grandma.

11. Our No. 2 was eight days old before we named him. We just couldn’t come up with the right one.

12. We finally made the decision when the hospital called and told us our time was up.

13. I find it so strange that out of our four kids, none inherited Ryan’s {nearly black} or my {red} hair color.

14. They all have Ryan’s eye color {very amazing blue}.

15. And thankfully not my skin color.

16. My eyes are greenish/goldish/who-knows-what color. When I was a baby, they were crossed.

17. That is one funky-looking baby. My poor parents.

18. I have Strabismus a.k.a. lazy eye.

19. Eye surgeries when I was a baby, six and 18 have taken care of the issue for now.

20. I pretty much only focus with my right eye {I can still see out of my left, I just don’t use the two together unless I really think about it}.

21. I can’t do those annoying Magic Eye 3-D things.

22. And I can’t cross my eyes to make a silly face.

23. Thankfully, none of our kids are showing signs of eye problems.

24. My best friend from high school was Brittany Jones.

25. I was Emily Jones. We are not related.

26. We were in all the same classes, cheerleaders together and have very, very similar handwriting.

27. Both of us made our handwriting into a font.



30. You can get hers here and mine here.

31. Even though all of my friends are runners, I am just not. It hurts my lungs.

32. The only time I consistently ran was for a short time in college when I had a crush on this cute boy who lived in the dorm on the way to the track. I always hoped I would run into him.

33. That cute boy is now my handsome husband, daddy to my kids, business partner and putter-upper with my shenanigans. Apparently all that running past him long ago did the trick.

34. Lots of randomness to be thankful for this year. Family, kids, friends, creativity, straightened-eyes, health, marriage. Feeling particularly full on this my special day.

Here’s to wishing this year will be the

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126 Responses to 34 things

  1. Emily October 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Happy birthday! Nice list!

    I forgot about your strabismus (which I share). I stumbled upon this lady, Susan Barry, who wrote a book with Oliver Sacks called Fixing My Gaze. She was able to start seeing in 3-D in her 40s and shares the eye exercises she did…You can also find her on YouTube and TEDtalks. I have yet to be disciplined with the exercises, but it’s fascinating nonetheless!

  2. Monica October 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Happy, Happy Birthday Emily! You and your sisters are gorgeous. It is so neat you all wore the same wedding dress.

  3. Linda Sangirardi October 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Happy Birthday Emily…today is my mom’s b’day too and mine is tomorrow. I know so many creative Libras! This is such a nice idea…to reflect on our lives and be thankful for our blessings!

  4. Claudia October 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Hope you had a great day! Love your blog and your heart…I am so happy I stumbled onto Jones Design I’ve been following you since 2011. I am a Libra too born on 10/15.

  5. Kelly October 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    I am 11 minutes past your birthday, but I hope your day was a great one! Loved your random-ness in the post today. My husband’s football number was 34! I think your experience with running was an exceptionally smart move. :) Enjoy your birthday weekend.

  6. erin October 6, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    happy birthday, emily!! love the list-so fun!

  7. cathyv October 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I had three children. My plan was to keep having them until I got a redhead like me. Finally I broke down and got a red daschund!
    Great list.

  8. katie October 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    i realize that you have 100 comments before this, but i had to tell you: i had strabismus too. :) i only had surgeries as a child and i’ve been told that my eyes never cross, but i really only ever use one eye to focus, too. i’m telling you this because it made me feel such relief to read that you (gorgeous successful gal) had it too. thanks for sharing. also, i’ll be 34 in november (one of the least common dates, ha). and also, i love your blog!

  9. Nicole Salceda October 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Mine was October 4th and just turned 33 so we are close! Very impressed with how successful you are at a young age. Here’s to wishing us both a fantastic year!

  10. nicky October 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Happy Birthday!
    Oh my goodness, I have strabismus and have had two eye surgeries too (one at 3 and one at 19- I’m 33 now)! I also am like you in that I mainly just use my left eye, I don’t have vision fusion or whatever it’s called. It makes me feel much less weird to know you understand! ;) And besides the Magic Eye things, I can’t see 3D in any form. I remember being so upset at Disneyland when I couldn’t see the Michael Jackson 3D movie. It just looked like a bunch of separate images, ha. Thank you for sharing that!

  11. Laura @ Elegant Nest October 7, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Happy Birthday Emily! My bday is Sept 19…and most all of my friends (and husband) are in August or Sept…now I know why! Love reading your blog and this post with all your fun facts…thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  12. Shannon October 7, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I also share your lazy eye. I had several surgeries in the 1960’s and can report at age 48 that my eyes are perfect! Like you, my eyes do not work together at all and I hate those 3-D picture thingys..I simply cannot see what others see. It’s all good.

  13. {darlene} October 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    a belated and VERY happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs from across the country!

  14. Melissa October 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I had (have?) the same thing with they eye. Surgery at 2, 3 & 17… hoping that stinky lazy eye doesn’t come back to haunt me because my insurance is not as awesome as my dads was :) You have pretty eyes. I wouldn’t have known.

  15. Sarah October 8, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday! I too am an October 5th baby — and, get this, was born on my Dad’s birthday. Best birthday present ever, as I like to say. There were always at least 3 or 4 other kids with my birthday growing up, so I am surprised to learn we are no longer the most popular birthday.

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend!

  16. Kelsey Williams October 8, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    happy (belated) birthday! mine is sept. 30, and i, too, always thought i had the most common birthday. (i was due oct. 3.) i am also a middle child. loved reading this and finding out that we have some things in common!

  17. Angela October 8, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Thanks for sharing a bit more about yourself. I’m really enjoying getting to know you through your blog. Yours is the first blog I started following with great consistency and it always adds a bit of sunshine to my day. Happy Birthday!

  18. Melanie October 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Emily, I just found your blog yesterday and just had to tell you how I love the items in your shop- and your blog. I can’t wait to get some birthday money next month and when I do, I’ll be doing some shopping with you! I especially love the art work of the old hymns! Oh, how I love the words of the hymns . . . thanks, and happy belated birthday!

  19. Tatum Lehman October 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Happy belated birthday. I am a new follower to your blog and I love it. I also love that you are an Azusa grad as I am too :) after reading your blog I was inspired about your relationship with your sisters. I wondered when looking back what you remember your parents did that brought you guys close together. I have two girls 2, 10mths and I would love any little tip as I did not grow up in a Christian home but want more than anything for that to be the foundation for our family! Thanks for your time :)

  20. Nora October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Belated Happy Birthday! I enjoyed your list. I am also the middle child of 3 sisters.

  21. Audrey October 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing a little bit about the real you with us…love your blog! May God richly bless you with another year of His blessings!

  22. Pam @ Simple Details October 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Happy Birthday sweet, Emily! Although the wishes are belated the sentiment is as if it were the first on the list! :)

  23. Elizabeth Highsmith October 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    so many of my favorite things too!!!!! here’s to seconding the wish for your best year yet!

  24. Michelle October 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Happy birthday! I’m September 16th! Too funny…now I can brag that my birthday is on Mexican Independence Day AND the day 10 months after the friskiest day of year, apparently. Ha!

  25. Hannah Bunker October 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Hey my birthday is September 16th!

    Happy belated birthday!

  26. Lisa October 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! That’s too cute about you and your best friends names….my mama and her best friend (since they were both about eight years old) are both named Dorothy Mae, they are both very fair skinned and both had red hair as little girls….LOL !

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