We are finally home from our trip and settling back into life as we know it. Minnesota was amazing and luckily had plenty of snow for us to frolic in. There was a storm that dumped 15 inches two days before we arrived, so even though it wasn’t as cold as it usually is this time of year….it really felt like a true midwest winter. I’ll share a lot more, complete with pics, in the next few days….but TODAY, it’s my birthday. Woo wee, 28! You’ve arrived. And I’m not so sure how I feel about you. I think i’ll forever be 23 in my mind. But when I sit and think about all that has happened in my life since that magical age….I realize that 28 is about right where I should be. Marriage, a baby, a job change…..my life does not look even remotely close to what it used to look like. I’m thankful for where I’ve ended up, I just never thought it would all come so quickly. Sometimes I catch myself doing little things like cutting off the crust of Rylee’s sandwich or getting over anxious about a rash on her leg….and I think, when did I turn into my mother!? The older I get, the more I appreciate her and all the sacrifices she has made for me. I think becoming a mother myself has a lot to do with my growing appreciation….but now, more than ever, I understand the depths of her love. I hear it all the time from older people who say “enjoy this time, because it will be gone before you know it”. And I think this has been the first year that I actually believe it. Sometimes I fast forward to 10 years from now and imagine my kids in high school and it freaks me out! Because at my current pace of life, it really doesn’t seem all that far off.
I guess the point is to enjoy the present. And i’m learning what that means daily. To soak up the little moments that make everyday special. Because “before I know it”… it will be December 19th, 2013 and i’ll be 29 and thinking “where did the time go”!? I want to be sure my pockets are full of great memories!
Cheers to another year & dreaming big.