It’s official, my 20s are over and a new decade has begun. If you know, me holidays and milestones are big deals in my world. There have been so many life changes in the last ten years: graduate from college, earn a teaching credential, get married, start my teaching career, buy a house, have a couple of kids, and transition to job where I could be with my kids full time. It has been exhausting and awesome all at the same time…but what really matters in my opinion, is how have these life events changed me for the better? I pray that each success and blessing will result in gratitude instead of pride and with each failure and difficult situation that God would soften and humble my heart instead me choosing to grow bitter. And since I like lists and traditions here is my first “birthday life inventory” as an adult:
What I am thankful for:
- A Savior who loves me unconditionally
- My husband and growing family…couldn’t feel more blessed in this department
- The overall health of my family. I am so thankful to have all of my Grandparents still here with us. One of my grandpas spent the first half of this year in hospitals and rehabilitation centers and he is now back at home with my grandma, such an answer to prayer! The other set of grandparents felt well enough recently to even travel up to see us here in Sacramento, such a special weekend. I have plans to create a “Family Heroes Series” of books for my kids and future generations, more to come on this…
- The ability to be with my kids full time and a husband who supports my friendships and fitness goals, seriously the best of both worlds!
- New friendships and old friendships with new common experiences shared.
- So many wonderful family memories made this year from trips to Southern California, Tahoe, Arizona, and the fact that Mel and I got TWO kid free weekend getaways this year!
Difficult experiences with lessons learned:
- Losing Blessing #3 this year has by far been the hardest situation to walk through. I have learned that God can sustain me even through the most difficult times, that being vulnerable with others in my struggles is not something to be feared, and a new found empathy for those who also experience losses.
- My few months with morning sickness was also a trying time. I felt Iike I was always in a bad mood and so close to snapping at those I love at any moment. I want to remember this feeling and show extra grace to those who are battling health issues.
New concepts learned this year:
- I need to be more determined and disciplined in things that are right instead of giving in to my really good excuses. 😉
- God’s design for my family is better than my own.
- I feel like I am learning how to be a better friend this year…beginning to learn the art of TRULY listening to others and what that looks like.
How my priorities have changed and why:
- This is the most peaceful I have felt with my house being less tidy and clean. I simply don’t want to miss out on relationships with the special people God has placed in my life.
Goals for learning in the future:
- Trusting God more completely with things that are out of my control
- I look forward to learning how to run and live a healthy lifestyle consistently with three kids
- I want to learn how to take even better pictures of those three kids
- I look forward to intentionally working on my marriage before issues arise
- Being even more responsible with my spending tendencies (This is going to be hard with having a new baby girl in the house this year!)
Here’s a glimpse at the start and end of my 20s: Mel and I had been dating for less than a year on the left and now we are married with another baby on the way.