Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy December!! With Bonus: Reflections on a Birthday

* OK I know its been 2 months since I've blogged. I'm a horrible blogger. I haven't even documented our missions trip or our anniversary trip...bear with me people.

December is a great month: Christmas, good music, fun decorations, cold weather, and my birthday! This is a big birthday for me...I'm turning the big three-oh (30). I don't feel 30, and most people say I don't look 30 (even if they are just being nice, I'll take it).

So this might be a looking-back post....looking back to the last decade of my life. When I think about my 20's, what comes to mind the most is my wonderful hubby. We've been together since I was a teenager, but we were married when I was 21 (almost 22) so he is the person I have spent my 20's with....and God willing, many more decades with!

This is random, but here's what I remember about turning 20, ten years ago (I'm a math genius, no?) and reflections thereof:
  • The best gift I received for my 20th birthday was my KitchenAid stand mixer from my grandparents! I was in culinary school at the time, so this was very exciting! I also got a fondue pot and a couple place settings of my fall and winter dishes. (I think I was more domestic then...)
  • I don't remember feeling like it was a big deal to enter into a new decade of life then. I was thinking forward too much. All I wanted was to be married to Scott at the time. I don't regret this, but I'm happy where I am in my life right now. I think so many of us get caught up in "the next thing" in life that we don't enjoy the stage we are in now. Right now, my 30's are looming up at me, wide open to anything! A fact that can be daunting, no doubt, but also exciting.
  • Speaking of looking forward to what was coming, at 20, I had my life planned out: Scott and I were going to get married, he was to be a bank executive, and I was to be a housewife. Life rarely works out the way one plans it, and now, 10 years later, I thank God it didn't work out that way. Well, except for the marrying Scott part, of course! The Lord saved Scott and I from ourselves, and a life of comfort that wouldn't really matter. (We certainly are not perfect, and have a lot to learn still, but we are light years away from where we would have been!)
  • I was working retail at the time, at NY & Co (called Lerner NY at the time). I was an assistant manger over the accessories department. I loved it, but was also in culinary school at Jeff State, so soon after, I got a chef job at Saks, Inc.
So what a I looking forward to as I enter my 30s?
  • I am looking forward to growing closer to my husband. There are times when we are closer, but sometimes it feels like we couldn't possibly love each other more, and then God surprises us and gives us MORE love for each other! Sappy, I know, but I absolutely love the journey of life we are on together. I could not imagine life without him.
  • I know my friends and (especially) my family will want me to say that I'm looking forward to starting a family...this is one area of my life that I'm just not certain of. This is one of those decisions that I can't put off much longer--I know this better than anyone. I have not talked about this on my blog before...its a sensitive subject for me, deep down, even though I usually laugh it off. And I need to pray about it more. So, for now, I am looking forward to praying about adding to our family. Let's just leave it at that.
  • I am looking forward to finishing my undergrad at UAB. I have been a sophomore for the last 3 years, so I am looking forward to being an upperclassman as I enter my 30s! :) I love school and love learning new things, so I am looking forward to getting into more of my major's courses! (International Studies and French) I also have a study abroad requirement, so I am definitely looking forward to living in a foreign country, even if its for a few weeks.
  • I'm looking forward to where God will lead us in our ministry and church. We love doing the college/young adult ministry and have a desire to more with this. But it's great to be in a spot where we feel like God can tell us anything.
Ok I guess this is enough for today. I might just drum up a few old pics of Rees of Birthdays Past, so stay tuned!


Greta said...

What a great "welcome back" post!
Happy Birthday - what's the date? Also, I don't think you look 30 at all (and I'm not just saying that to be nice) PLUS, the closer I get, the younger it seems, right?

Lindsay said...

Happy early b'day! I can't believe that "we" are entering our thirties ("we" meaning J.C., you, Scott, etc, but NOT me! Hehe! My day will come soon enough, though...)

Sorry I've participated in the baby pressure. I should know better...

Rachel said...

I've missed visiting your blog!! It's good to hear from you again.

You are going to make a gorgeous and wonderful 30 year old!

...and don't worry about the pressure. People are funny. If you have 0-2 kids, they wanna know when you'll have more. If you have 3+ kids, they wanna know if you know what causes that.