28 Reasons I Loved 28!

My 28th year has come to and end, and what a year it was!  It started in my second country, Kenya, with Irene, Faith and David visiting the members of Giwa IDP Camp, going on a mini-safari and giving out shoes to the Dust Babies of Kikopey.  At 28 I became an Aunt and helped to welcome my lovely niece, Chloe, to the crazy Winter family.  I got to share in the joy of the nuptials of three fantastic friends and the engagements of three more.  I was able to hike to Machu Picchu in Peru with five incredible women and then journey to Patagonia with one of my favorite traveling buddies.  Essie and I were the same age this past year – she’s 4 which translates to 28 in dog years – and we found many opportunities to go on fun hikes and city explorations, not to mention a few naps.  I crossed several things off the “list” this year, including becoming a published author and covering Lollapalooza with a press pass.  My business really took off at 28, and I’m so thankful for the wonderful clients I have been able to work with as well as the new and challenging jobs my camera and I have undertaken.

In short, it was a fantastic year and I feel truly blessed.  I’m excited for 29 and what lies ahead!

Below are 28 reasons I loved 28 (click on the image to enlarge):

And, to end this post, I’ve pasted a poem that my mom sent me at midnight:

roses are red

violets are blue
starting this day
singing to you

29 you are
21 you appear
not looking legal
to drink even beer

you rock your biz
flash’n great pics
 blessed you are
with essie’s love licks

jenn you rock 
this bday and more
love you LOTS
with hugs galore


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