Saturday, November 18, 2006

Twenty-Five (Happy Birthday to Me)

Today, I turned 25. Yes, it’s true, I’ve made it halfway through my twenties. Guess it’s time to start planning for retirement, checking out the local assisted living facilities, and saving up for that hip replacement I’ll undoubtedly need! OK, so maybe 25 is not THAT old. Today, though, I feel like a dinosaur. Truly, Barney has nothing on me. Except that he’s fat and purple…

For whatever reason, no birthday has hit me like this one has. I guess it just caught up with me, how fast time has flown by. My twenties are a blur to me. I hardly remember them. And here I am, 25, married, a stepmom (not evil, fortunately), living far from home, almost half-way done with my first year of law school... Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was planning my Sweet 16 and praying to get as far away from high school as quickly as I possibly could? Well I did, but it just happened so quickly! Fortunately, there are no regrets. I’m where I belong in every sense of the word… only I’m “old” now.

I feel… grown up. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. (I’ll try now to stop offending those of my readers who are not as “young” as I am (sorry!!)) In truth, since I got baptized in August, I’ve felt like a different person, probably more myself than I’ve ever felt before. And that’s a little scary because I can’t help but wonder why it took so long to figure all that out. It was all in God’s time. My desires have changed, my heart has changed, my outlook on life, all of it has changed… matured, I’d like to think. For the first time in my life I’m happy; I’m settled. I am content with where I am and what I’m doing. I know God has me in his grip. He is hard at work. So many wonderful things are happening all around me…

My wonderful husband just found out he’ll be playing guitar for our (mega-)church. God has brought him to a place where he can use the talents he’s been given to serve Him the best way he knows how. My baby sister is a mom now, growing up too, and I’m an aunt to this precious little child. I am so blessed to have godly friends in my life who encourage and inspire me everyday and push me to be the godly woman I so want to be. In 25 short (long?) years, God has brought me to a place of peace I never thought I’d reach. Through all my doubt, He was so faithful.

I am old now, so I’d like to think that makes me “wise.” I am grateful.

9 comments:

martie said...

Every day I live(and it's been a little over 21,900 days now), I find out just how 'unwise' I really am. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and I hope you have many more and may they all be Happy ones! HUGS!!!

Sally said...

25 was my absolute FAVORITE year! I was nervous and scared about turning 25, also, but I ended up LOVING it. Have a great year!

D said...

I love it!!

bezbabe said...

i'm glad that i stumbled back upon your blog in time to wish you a very happy birthday! it sounds like things are going well for you.

welcome to old age! lol.

Pia said...

happy birthday, girl! luv yah!

Ryan S. said...

Happy B-Day. Join the blurred twenties club: I don't know where my twenties went either. I'm 28 now. Part of me, wishes I could stay in undergrad the rest of my life with the same clique of friends, with no responsibility beyond classwork.

Godwyn Lim said...

Happy Belated Birthday Nan! Young & just 25, God fearing young lady with great wisdom from the Lord:-)

I was once 25 but time & tide, really wait for no man...really happy for you & expect you to have a great day!


Sorry I haven't been blogging much, great post, keep us updated of your interesting life changes:-)

Have a great week ahead! God Bless...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, and God Bless!!!

green said...

Happy way-belated 25th birthday