The End Of An Era

I love lists. The 1989 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at the ripe old age of 6 was my first venture into the power of lists. Separate pages with headings for floats, famous people, balloons, Broaway shows. Why I thought this was important to do....I will never know. But this was only the start of the list-making that was to come. Today's post will probably bore you to tears - but bear with me. Today is my last day in my twenties. It's hard to believe that I'm old enough to be at this point. But the day has come. And even though a little piece inside me has a few regrets of how many things I wish I had done or started doing in my twenties, I want to make a list of how the last ten years has formed me into who I am today. I Good and bad. Happy and sad. I'm taking a few minutes today to remember - then the celebrating can begin! Here we go in no particular order.......

1) I met my husband 2) I married my husband (surprise!) 3) I earned my doctorate 4) I felt comfortable enough in my own skin to bite the bullet and start blogging. 5) My faith has exploded. In a good way. I think back about how shy I was a decade ago about being open about my relationship with God....and it's still not perfect. But I can truly see how his hand has continued to shape me. 6) I bought my first car. 7) I bought my first house. 8) I lost two of the most important people in my life, my Grama & Pop Pop. Thankfully part of them is still with me each day - I'm so thankful that God faces us the ability to have memories. It may sound cheesy but we could have been a creation of amnesiacs! 9) I ate a sit-down restaurant meal. By myself. It may seem ridiculous. But that was a big step. Let me add it was in LAS VEGAS. Go big or go home. 10) I rode Amtrak a lot. Alone..... Well not always. It made visiting the major NE cities a breeze! 11) Our day trip to Canada marked my first step outside the US. 12) I started drinking black coffee. It'll grow hair on our chest. At least that's what Dad says. Maybe I should change my ways....

Despite all the obvious facts and the general silliness, I know a lot of decisions were made these last ten years that have laid the foundation for who I am and who I will be. And for that matter, laid some groundwork for our family. I have no doubt that there are more amazing moments and learning experiences to come.

Celebrating with my main squeeze the next few days - I can't wait to share our adventures!

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory on the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever." Ephesians 3:20-21