I turned the Big 2-9 last week.
Many have told me to enjoy this year, for next I am officially a grown-up. That's funny to me though, seeing as how I've been married for nearly eight years, will have baby #5 in a few short months, and I have a child in the first grade now. But, I guess having those items checked off still doesn't qualify me as a "grown-up."
I'm really not scared of 30. Both my parents have been wonderful examples in how to age gracefully. My Mom never once winced or whined when we would ask her age. It does take her a minute to tell you, because she has to do the math in her head. "Well, let's see..." she'll say. "I was born in ..... so that would make me...." My Mother is still a hair virgin, meaning she's never once colored her hair. We gray early, too, so that is truly a testament to her outlook on age. Many times she would say during my teenage years, as she would point to sections of her hair, "This gray streak is from Matt. This side is a little from Nick. But ALL THIS (pointing to the rest of her head) is ALL from HOLLY." Thanks, Mom. She still had a little dark color back then, for the twins to finish off, which they did. I think her hair is beautiful, as is she.
It is my hope, that someday I too can teach my children what life and aging are really all about. That growing up is a blessing, not a curse. Aging gracefully is more important than looking young. Having fun with the blessings God has given to you is a better way of life than regretting that your babies no longer need you on a daily basis. Thank-you, Mom & Dad, for teaching me such important life lessons.
I had a wonderful 29th birthday. The day before, I was treated to a day at the lake with one of my best friends and her sweet children. They surprised me with a birthday cake that said, "Happy Day Before Your Birthday!" The children enjoyed it as much as I did, I'm sure.
We spent the entire day swimming, boating and relaxing in the beautiful sun.
The next day, Bert and I took all of our kids to our local water park. Bert and the three bigger kids spent much of the time climbing the tower and riding the "big slides." While Hail and I spent the majority of our time in the kiddie park and splashing in the lazy river. We had promised the kids all summer we would go, and it just so happened that was the last chance we were going to have before school started. The kids really believed we went just for my birthday. Each said at different times, "Mommy!!! This is the FUN-EST PARTY EVER!" As we were leaving, Lightning said, "Oh, NO! Momma! We forgot to open your presents!" Sweet boy.
So far, 29 has been a great year. Bring it on, 30!!!