Dirty Thirty



I'm definitely the sort who likes to reflect on the past and dream for the future. As I spent the last few days of my 20s preparing for an epic party to welcome the big 3-0, I was overwhelmed with thoughts of how blessed I am, how far I've come, and yet also a bit of sentimental sadness to say goodbye to another decade.

My husband, friends, and family have blessed my socks off this past few years, but really set the bar high this time. I was able to plan and execute my dream birthday party, surrounded by love, laughs, and life.

I also realized that I really should own stock in Hobby Lobby. Sheesh.

My 20s were filled with new beginnings, as my husband and I started dating when I was 20, engaged at 21, and married at 23. It was also filled with pain and sorrow, as my mom passed away when I was 25. The last 5 years have been marked by adjusting to life without my mom, taking care of my elderly dad, finding new host families to care for my brother, and supporting my husband while he completed his Master's degree, quit his job, and has been looking for employment.

My goals are huge for the next decade. Here's to an amazing next ten years!