I had a birthday last week, a milestone, if you will:
I reached the big 3-0!!!
It's funny, really, because just a few years ago I looked at the thirty-year-olds with a sense of pity,
feeling sorry for them and how old they were!
I guess I didn't realize how quickly that would be me.
But now that I'm here,
I can't say it's all that bad!
Being 30 is a reason to celebrate, right?!
My husband treated me to a night out at the local Chop & Grill House.
It was exquisite,
in every sense of the word! [including the bill!!]
But I enjoyed being spoiled,
since I'll only be 30 once!
The girls took me to Charlottesville,
for a wonderful girls' night out!
The best part was just getting a evening away without the distraction of little ones.
I felt as carefree as a teenager!
But in the last few weeks, I've also done a lot of reflecting,
about where I've been...and where I'm headed.
The 20's were a whirlwind, full of adventure and change!
I traveled to 6 different countries,
fell in love and got married,
moved to a different state,
and had 2 beautiful babies!
// Looking Back //
I've experienced so many new things,
from learning how to cook meals for a harvest crew
to figuring out how to keep two babies happy in a shopping cart!
And I'm living the life I dreamed of; the wife of a man that loves me
and a mother to my sweet kiddos!
I'm so blessed.
It was so good to be reminded of that,
because the reality is that "living the dream" looks different in real life!
I pictured a blissful marriage, perfect kids and an all-around "happily-ever-after"!!
Then life happened :)
And I'm learning that it doesn't need to be perfect
to be a dream come true.
// Looking Forward //
I want to be more intentional in my relationships
and show those I love how much they mean to me!
I want to invest the best of myself
into my husband and my children.
They are the most precious gift I've been given.
I want to slow down,
and savor each moment,
remembering that the future is now!
Because, before I know it,
the 30's will be what the 20's are...
a sweet memory.