Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Big 3-0

I can't believe I'm actually writing this post. There's something about saying that I'm 30 that makes me feel like a grown up, yet I'm not sure I really feel that inside. The first 30 years of my life have been full of adventures, trials and memories. Stories that I will be telling my children and grandchildren for years to come!

Here's what my first 30 years included:

-Accepting Christ at the age of 3, 4, 7, 8 and 12 (I think that's it! I just wanted to be extra sure!)
-Attending 8 schools (K-12)
-Having two "boyfriends" in Kindergarten, who happened to be best friends
-Being a "lifer" at Kanakuk
-Being "too sick" to go to shcool, just so I could have more time with my mom and grandma
-Being stung by a bee while having a picnic in Colorado with some family friends. I was 8.
-Being an Angel Tree child for many years, I still remember some of the gifts I received from those sweet families!
-Growing up in youth group and taking a trip to Kings Island in Cincinnati, OH (random!)
-Watching my Mom graduate nursing school
-Living with my grandparents, MULITPLE times (who I adore with all I have in me!)
-Having my first kiss in 7th grade, at the exact same location in Colorado that I met my husband 9 years later (the Lord has such a sense of humor!)
-Becoming a "blended" family and gaining a sister only 4 months younger than me, at 15
-Cheering in High School
-Playing in the school band
-Getting caught smoking at a Friday night football game in my cheer uniform and getting ISS for 5 days
-Struggling with relationships with men until ultimately realizing that only the Lord can fill every void in my life
-Being baptized by Joe White in Tablerock Lake at 18
-Living with my best friend Jenny, while we worked at the same place (GREAT memories!!)
-Watching the Lord transform my relationship with my Dad and Sister (so thankful this is an ongoing process!!)
-Living in Vail, CO at 19 years old, which is where my biggest dream of all came from, to ultimately move back to the mountains (or foothills) of Colorado!
-Heartbreak at 21 - defining moment of my walk with the Lord even though I didn't know it at the time
-Moving to Dallas at 22 to be with Aaron (the Lord used him to get me here, to completely transform my heart and life!!)
- Having my first set of true, Godly girlfriends at 23 - still are, and always will be what I consider to be the beginning of a new chapter of friendships in my life (shout out...Mel, Becca, Rachel, Kelli - love y'all!!)
- Finding healing from past relationships and the heartbreak I experienced at 21 through the power of the Lord working in my life and transforming my heart
- Living in authentic community with our best friends ever!
- Going to the best church ever where I have experienced more life change in 7 years than I ever did in the first 23 years of my life! Praising the Lord for the ways he is working at Watermark!

There are so many other memories and experiences that I know I left out, but the ones I mentioned above were and still are defining moments that I will remember forever. I praise the Lord for continuing to pursue me and love me when I felt unlovable, to continue to challenge me in my walk with Him, and to place people in my life who spur me on to be a better woman, wife and mom. Praying that my next thirty years will reflect even more of the grace, love and mercy of our Heavenly Father!!

Be Blessed and Encouraged!

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