On “29” or my last year in my 20s…..

Today I turned 29. I am in my 20s for only 364 more days….cake

Early this morning, Gabriella gave me a card on which, she had signed her name.

I was serenaded by two classes today. One was full of girls and the melody was harmonious. The second class, dominated by tone-deaf boys, attempted twice to perfect their gallant cacophony: It was the most beautiful sound I heard all day. Another teacher stopped to make sure no one was hurt. I giggled to keep from crying.

The giggling could have been the result of  the copious amounts of caffeine and sugar I was given for breakfast. Starbucks’ blueberry scone and a birthday cake pop was the breakfast of THIS champion. The spontaneous hugs and shocked faces of learning I was 29! made my heart full in a way that I had forgotten.

Next year I will begin a new decade of my life. I feel it is appropriate to reflect on this season. Looking back I realize that my “twenty-something years” in a vastly different manner than most of my peers.

At 20 I moved in with my seeeester. THAT was a year we both grew. (Love you Cary. Forever.)

21: I experienced my first heartbreak. I was legal to purchase alcohol. I became a MANAGER. I met Nathan. We got pregnant.

It was a big year.

22: I graduated from college. I had Corbin and became a MOM. I GOT MARRIED. (In that order.) We bought a house. We moved to Milledgeville. I began my career teaching.

This year was even bigger.

23:This year was kind of low key. Visited Ohio during the summer. Nathan started the MAT.

24: I gained my clear renewable certificate. Nathan graduated from the MAT.

25: We got pregnant with Gabriella. So much fun!!!

26: Had darling baby girl. FINALLY moved to the high school. Started my Masters. Flew on a plane for the first time. Nathan was baptized. Corbin started reading.

This was a big year too.

27: Plugged along at school. Nathan FINALLY moved to the high school. FCC closed. We joined Northridge. Corbin skipped Kindergarten.

28: Became the Yearbook adviser. Finally felt like I was using my Journalism degree. It nearly killed me.

29: Who knows what greatness this year will hold??!!!! For starters, I know I will graduate WITH MY MASTERS….. A MASTERS FROM SEMINARY in May. The Lord, is gracious and will let your dreams come true.

I am abundantly blessed and so grateful for all I have been given.

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!


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