It's my birthday today! For some reason, every year around my birthday I get really sappy. I can't help but reflect on the previous year...the good, bad, happy, and sad.
This past year has been such a growing year for me personally. I have realized, my strength comes from within. Do the hard stuff, you never know what your capable of until you confront the stuff that looks impossible or scary. The number one key to happiness is being grateful...count your blessings. I've realized first hand "stuff" doesn't make you happy (half our belongings are still in storage....), but people make you happy. I've lived without things I thought I could never have survived without. I've made some new friends, and lost touch with some old friends. I've learned you have to stay true to yourself. Choose your family over anything else. Don't put too much on your plate. Leave time for the fun stuff in life. The worst thing, is not the last thing. You will never regret spending time with your parents or grandparents. I've realized being back home, how much this town shaped me into the woman I am today. At the day's end, most ordinary days this past year felt like such a big accomplishment, and that's okay. Most of all I have grown so much closer to my husband and son over the course of the last year. Absolutely 110% of my joy in life comes from them.
Thanks for all of those who have supported & encouraged me this past year-- one of the greatest compliments I have ever received was from a friend a couple weeks ago , complimenting me (and Mr. Cattlebuyer) on our strength as a husband and wife. Hands down, Best compliment of the year. I can't wait for all God has in store for us this next year. I have a feeling it's going to be our best year yet!