Yesterday I said goodbye to my twenties and hello to my thirties.
In other words, I went from this:
(Sorry the first picture is so small. It’s a scan, and I’m so old now that I don’t know how to do technologically savvy stuff like make pictures bigger.)
Yesterday was a lovely day. My family and friends made me feel oh so special, loved and celebrated. Forrest surprised me the night before with a “menu” that had 30 of my favorite things to do. I was to check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each item, thereby creating the perfect day. Seriously, this was the sweetest, most creative idea. When I asked him how he thought of it he said, I know you like check lists. :)
What a man.
So, the day began with a skype date with my parents, opening an amazing gift from amazing people, coffee, and donuts. Then a trip to the rhododendron garden to feed the ducks, pizza lunch at Oven and Shaker, and a night of pecan pie, homemade mac and cheese, and hanging out with three pretty wonderful people – Forrest, Annika & Juniper.
My heart feels full, especially when I reflect on the last ten years. A lot has happened. Since I love lists so much, here is a list of my twenties…
- I have lived in Colorado, Arizona and Oregon; however, I have lived in Oregon the longest. Even though I am not an Oregonian by birth, I love, love, love it here.
- I have completed a two-year program at Ravencrest Bible College, a Bachelors degree from Multnomah University and a Masters degree from Emporia State University.
- I have worked as a nanny, teachers aid, data-base specialist, bookseller and librarian.
- I have had my heart broken….but…
- I fell in love!
- I got married.
- I had a baby.
- I got pulled over for the first time for speeding (no ticket though!).
- I have been to Paris.
- I learned to knit.
The list could keep going, but the point is, I am one lucky girl. I am so thankful for the life I have been given, and I am so thankful for the people the Lord has placed in my life.
Thirty, at first, seemed a little scary. I mean, now I am really an adult. But instead of feeling fear at the reality of growing older, I am excited to see what comes next. I am tired of living in a state of fear and worry, and I am determined to fully embrace the life I’ve been given and live boldly.
So, here’s to thirty!