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Birthdays are the perfect time to make resolutions.  We make wishes on burning candles – why not take the opportunity to committ or a promise to start new? Rather then the typical post holiday promises that we put out there on New Year’s Eve, why not make that committment on our own birthday?  After all, a new year starts for most everyone at midnite on January 1;  but for each of us, our birthdays mark the beginning of our own, unique, individual year.

For instance, I have been thinking about this new blog for a while.  I day dreamed about what it would say – I made lists of what it would be called … and finally I committed to starting it on the first day of my new year.  So, here I am we are.

I am now officially 44 …and recently returned from a journey for one good egg [http://journeyforonegoodegg.wordpress.com].  I traveled that journey for well over two years.  Now I can say, with gratitude and grace, I am a mom of an 8 week old miracle named Ian William Hawk, married to a professor and living in a small upstate New York town.

I love being outdoors and feel a deep sense of protection for our environment on behalf of the next several generations.  I feel this even more when I look into the eyes of my niece, nephews and now my own son. I enjoy gardening, hiking, kayaking, skiing, photography, cooking and writing.  The later which has brought us here.

Last night, at a birthday celebration dinner with my family, I was presented an ice-cream dessert circled with candles. After the singing came the traditional directive to “make a wish and blow out the candles.” I took that breath and held on  … Of course, I could wish for more money, more time .. world peace … but in my heart, in that moment, I realized that I have everything that I have wished for right here and right now.

The Professor, me and Ian make three -Please visit us often through these pages for perspective, humor, photographs and the occasional outburst on life’s adventures and random thoughts along the way.