Happy Birthday to Me!
I’m not really sure what is proper blog etiquette for acknowledging one’s own birthday, so I’m tossing that concern out the window and throwing myself a little birthday party today.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the milestones of my first 33 years:
Year 1: Started walking at 7 1/2 months old. (I was ambitious even as a infant.)
Year 2: I’m pretty sure this was the year that I got my first dog Brandy.
Year 3: Became a huge fan of the group Sha Na Na. Anybody?
Year 4: Pigtails, fluffy dresses, a pink bike with a basket and streamers on the handle bars
Year 5: My sister was born, my parents divorced and I started Kindergarten (triple whammy!)
Year 6: First grade! Ugh! First grade was hell. I started a new school. My teacher was a very old, cranky women who made learning to read very difficult. Ironically I ended up loving to read after I got the hang of it.
Year 7: Second grade. A much better year in school, however I picked up the nasty habit of smoking. No joke – I smoked cigarettes for one week (well, probably just burned them) and I’ve never picked up another cigarette in my life.
Year 8: We started attending church and I accepted Christ as my savior.
Year 9: Started taking piano and voice lessons.
Year 10: Fifth grade. I vividly remember the Challenger Explosion.
Year 11: Mom decided to homeschool us. Very transitional year.
Year 12: Not much stands out from this year.
Year 13: Junior high and hormones – yuck.
Year 14: Went back to public school.
Year 15: Joined the tennis team
Year 16: Had my first real “boyfriend”. Got a job that summer at the local ice cream shop.
Year 17: Poured all my energy into figuring out what college to go to
Year 18: Graduated and headed off to Bryan College in Dayton, TN
Year 19: Met Merlyn but didn’t begin dating for another year; we were both part of the cast of Fiddler on the Roof
Year 20: Starting dating Merlyn; Quit school and moved to Nashville to intern at ForeFront Records
Year 21: Got a job at ForeFront
Year 22: Merlyn proposed
Year 23: Married on February 27th, got a new car, traveled around the country with Stacie Orrico
Year 24: Worked a lot!
Year 25: Worked some more…
Year 26: Bought our first house in Franklin, TN, helped launch Cross Point Community Church, adopted our Border Collie Mick
Year 27: Merlyn became a police officer, I started classes at MTSU to finish my undergrad degree
Year 28: Work. School. Work. School.
Year 29: Started working at Cross Point, bought our second house, finished my undergrad degree
Year 30: My sister Jes moved to Nashville, went to Africa on a mission trip and safari
Year 31: Nothing comes to mind for this year.
Year 32: Trained for and ran my first 1/2 marathon, started blogging
Year 33: I can’t wait to see what you hold for me!
In 33 years, I have been very blessed. Each year I have looked forward to more than the next.
So for my birthday, share a little about one of the best years of your life!