Really though, I have been reminiscing about my life.
In my growing up years, I was a "good girl". I got good grades, didn't skip school, didn't party. I guess I was a nerd! Most of my friends went to my church and my school. I spent a lot of time with my family. I was a daddy's girl. Really a daddy's girl - my mom and I fought from the time I was 13 until I turned 18 and realized she really did know a thing or two. I started community college on my 18th birthday.
In my early 20's I tried to be the person that I thought my friends wanted me to be. I partied, I drank, I smoked. I bought a new car and moved out of my parents house just because I could. I dropped out of college because I could work full time and make good money. I dated a few guys, endured a few heart breaks. But my 20's were also when I met Rick and then became his wife.
My 30's were spent learning to be a mom. Four of my children were born in this decade of my life. I started out trying to be the mom and wife the books, the magazines and the Internet said I should be. Who could ever live up to those standards? Definitely not me! During these years I really grew as a person. I began to rely more on God working in me than me working in me (darn selfishness).
My 40's are now. I am more in love with my husband than ever before. I am more relaxed in my parenting. I am not sweating the small stuff - I am meeting it head on. I don't feel the need for approval from others. I am who I am - take it or leave it. I'm happy with the experiences I have had - good and bad. They have made me unique!
And - I got the most amazing birthday gift today - a new nephew! I got to meet him when he was just a few hours old and he is beautiful. Congrats Robb and Sara and big sister Riley!