It’s true….the dreaded 27 has finally come. December 19th marked my 27th birthday and my baby girl’s 4 month birthday. I’m not sure why but 27 has always scared me…..it just sounds so much older than 26 in my mind.. I am now categorized into the upper 20’s! Whew…I never saw that coming. Ha! (I apologize for those of you who are older and rolling your eyes at my silly comments). I suppose I’ve got to face the facts and embrace my age, because 27 is…..well, right where I’m supposed to be. Growing up I always had this plan for where I would be at each age in life. I would be married at 21, own my own card/stationary company by 25, have 3 kids before 30, and live in a small house by the ocean and wake up to the waves crashing outside of my window every day. While not all of those things happened exactly according to plan….my life as I know it has been pretty good to me. I think about this last year and all the changes that have come to me and my family. Things that once seemed scary and unpredictable, all turned out for the best. The biggest blessing of this year, as I am sure you can guess, has been Rylee. She was once one of those “unplanned events” for Sam and I…and yet we can’t imagine it any other way. She has brought a new joy to our lives that we never knew possible. And when I thought I could never love my husband more than the day I married him, Rylee has somehow allowed us to love each other even greater than we did before. So much so that I think I am ready for another one! (just kidding…kind of).