Perfect Gifts: Thoughts on 30th Birthdays and Family

I was excited to turn 30. I didn’t dread it, I didn’t fear it. I was actually really incredibly ready to shed the “TwentySomething” label and move on to real adulthood.


The celebration of my 30th birthday was fantastic. I spent the whole day with my husband and precious angels. I received perfect gifts. (A perfect gift for me means it’s something I desired, asked for, wished for, or need. In other words–Practical. Personal. Perfect.)

Erik kept asking me, in the weeks leading up to my birthday, “What do you want to do? Anything you want–we’ll make it happen.”

What did I want? I wanted to chill. To hang out with the best gifts I’ve ever received in this life: my loved ones. My amazing husband, my energetic son, and my adorable daughter.

I couldn’t have asked for more on my big day, my entry into “real” adulthood.

I want to cherish my family–don’t you?

I want to want to spend time with my kids–don’t you?

I want to laugh with and enjoy my husband–don’t you?

I’ll bet you do. Even on the hard days. Even when the crumbs are all over the floor, the bathroom mat is soggy and wet, and the spit up is fresh on your shoulder. Deep down, I want to want to be with my family.

Now, I’m well aware that to be the best {mom}{wife}{friend}{lover} I can be, I have to take time to recharge and refresh. I get that, I do.

But at the end of the day, I hope I always desire to be with my most perfect gifts on my special days–and on my normal ones. As I enter my 30s, I look forward to becoming more of the mother God has intended me to be. I am the best mommy in the world for Joshua Nelson and Rebecca Elizabeth. God is making this mother and I’m excited to see what He teaches me!

Here’s to my 30s!

About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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1 Response to Perfect Gifts: Thoughts on 30th Birthdays and Family

  1. Erik Lindeen says:

    I’m glad it was a great birthday! Love you!

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