Welp. I turn 30 tomorrow. I know this birthday is looked upon with fear by some, but I have decided to take the thankful outlook on it because I have recently been surrounded by stories where people didn’t make it to see this birthday in their own lives.
All I want from my 30’s is to be a little more calm. No new big changes. Adventures welcome, as long as they don’t add more stress to my already never-stopping life.
For fun, I made this list (surprise) of things that happened in my 20’s. I didn’t place them in any particular order because, well it is 9:00pm and my brain is shot and in all honesty, I sometimes can’t remember what order things happened in. I blame the babies. They really do suck brain power.
In my 20’s I:
-Attended the University of Northern Iowa.
-Graduated with a BA in Education.
-Was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Its a little known fact that this condition effects your memory. Therefore, I do not remember hardly anything about college. I remember big events and my job and a few things here and there, but nothing about my classes. I am sure I was not the greatest friend or roommate through these years (also fought an eating disorder…a later post) so for that…I am sorry to anyone that applies to.
-Flew out to see Tommy after only meeting him at a youth gathering for a few minutes two years prior. (secret family panic word in check)
-Dated Tommy for three and a half years long distance.
-Drove many through the night 17-hour trips to Virginia Military Institute to see him for less than 48 hours.
-Got my first teaching job – Kindergarten – 1/2 way through the year.
-Got my second teaching job (same school) teaching 5th grade.
-Got engaged. Got married.
-Bought a new town home.
-Became an Aunt.
-Traveled to Ghana, Africa on a mission trip with my family.
-Traveld through Italy on a long-awaited honeymoon.
-Was a bridesmaid in four weddings.
-Went through many tests trying to have a baby.
-Diagnosed with endometriosis, had it removed.
-Took one dose of extra-low strength clomid.
-Became the size of a house while carrying triplets for 34 weeks and delivered them.
-Went crazy. (I kid…kind of)
-Drove 1,000 miles across the country in a minivan with three 18-month-olds. While pregnant. (see above)
-Went back to teaching, job-sharing a 4th-grade classroom with an awesome friend and teacher.
-Designed, built, and planned our eyes out for our new dream home.
-Carried and had our FOURTH daughter.
-Welcomed many family members from Maryland into said new home with said new baby. (Come again. Soon. Very soon.)
-Changed approximately 18,240 diapers. I did not make that number up. 2 1/2 years of having children in diapers x about 20 diapers a day average= that. Crap. Literally. Sorry earth.
-Cried. A lot.
-Smiled. A lot.