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!

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  • holly March 12, 2009  

    Happy Birthday!!

    Hey, for year 31 – how about – “helped a friend many times while falling in love with her children.”

    Those of you who only know Jenni through her blog need to know that she is even better in person.

    Happy Birthday Ms. Jenni!! (this one is from the girls who miss you terribly!)

  • jdellis March 12, 2009  

    Wow! What a recap!

    Happy Birthday!

  • Aaron March 12, 2009  

    Happy Birthday!

    I beat you by 1 day. My birthday was yesterday the 11th……but I’m only 32! 😉

  • lindseyreadenobles March 12, 2009  

    Smoking at 7. Wow, I always thought you very mature for your age 😉

    Happy Birthday my new friend! Have a wonderful day at Unleash.

  • David March 12, 2009  

    we have something in common. My mom home-schooled me for 4th and 5th grade and then I went back to school in 6th. so home-schooled just enough to have an awkward Junior High experience…BTW…I’ll home school my 2nd grader if I catch them smoking! 🙂 Happy Birthday and congrats on your 10-year anniversary!

  • ash March 12, 2009  

    Happy Birthday! Party all day, and all weekend too! I love you, friend!

  • Ladybird March 12, 2009  

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day!

    Best Year = 2008 when EC was born

  • Jenni Catron March 12, 2009  

    @Holly – yes,yes – why didn’t I think of that for year 31?

    @Aaron – happy belated birthday to you!

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes!

  • Lori Wilhite March 12, 2009  

    Have a wonderful Birthday Jenni. Get Pete and Anne to buy you something extra fattening while you are at “Unleash”

  • Heidi March 12, 2009  

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Crystal Renaud March 12, 2009  

    It is totally within proper blog etiquette to acknowledge your birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    So far my 20s have pretty much sucked. But thankfully, there’s been a bit of a clearing. 24 hasn’t been bad at all. Gotta say its been the best so far, actually.

  • Jessica March 12, 2009  

    Year 12, it was your Silver Birthday you go to spend the night at Nannys and I was so mad because I would be 22 on my Silver Bday and I wouldnt get to spend the night at nannys 🙂 Im sure we fought alot too because I was just getting old enough to take your stuff…
    Year 31,We got to spend a lot more quality time together as I got more involved at CP We also went on our cruise!
    I love you and Your the best sister in the world!!!

  • tam March 12, 2009  

    this was SO fun to read jenni!

    i can easily say this year has been pretty tremendous!

    mandy came to stay with me

    joshua white came to stay with us

    i got to meet you

    i got to pick on pete, incessantly.

    yah. good year so far!

  • Pete Wilson March 13, 2009  

    Love the mini-journal. Happy birthday! I’m blessed to call you a friend.

  • kari March 13, 2009  

    Happy late birthday! It’s so cool how you have a life timeline.

  • brent(inWorship) March 14, 2009  

    Wow, sorry I missed this.

    Happy birthday!