Sometimes I get a case of "BLAHrthdays"...can't quite put my finger on it, but it happens. So today, on my last day as a twenty-something, I have compiled a list of 29 Things that I currently love and/or things I am thankful for to help remind myself just how truly blessed I am. So here were go, in no particular order:
Though it terrifies me (how did I end up with a
little country boy??), Brennan’s accent. You should hear the kid say
seven (say-vun) or hotel (ho-tay-el)
The way Luke says most things, but particularly “C’mon Guys!” (Uh-Mon, Dies!) and “Peanut Butter and Jelly” (Pee-buhr-deli)
3. Freshly shaven legs+clean sheets/freshly made bed...ahhhhh!!!
My Friendly (Friends that are Family), because really. I don’t know where I would be without them.
Reconnecting with long-lost Friendly Members this summer. It was so wonderful being able to hug and talk and just be there.
My husband and how devoted he is to our family.
Not many men could be a full service, stay-at-home-Dad, all while
maintaining a full time job to provide for us. He is the best.
My husband and how smokin' hot he is. Just sayin’. He has taken to running lately and I am so proud of him!
Taking Brennan to school every morning. It’s
typically a pretty quiet ride, but just being able to kiss and hug him
goodbye and watch him walk in with his ridiculously huge backpack
bouncing against his bum…so sweet.
Naps!! I have two kids who (usually) don’t put up a
fuss about napping on the weekends. This means that for 1-2 glorious
hours on Saturday and Sunday, we all just get to sleep. Ahhh, sleep…is there anything better??
Fall. Though it doesn’t mean quite the same thing
as it used to now that we live in Texas(it is still 90 degrees outside
and probably will continue to be until mid-November), I still love
Fall. How appropriate that I was born on the
first day of fall! Bring on the pumpkin-everything!
Sweet bedtime prayers with my boys. Brennan’s
prayers are so simple, but his love for his friends and family shines
through. Melts my heart.
Those random texts from Derek throughout the day.
Listening to my boys play together and laugh with
each other. Don’t be fooled…it’s not an everyday occurrence, sometimes
the fight like cats and dogs! But when they are being nice to each
other, it is music to my ears.
The friends that I have made here in Texas. It has
been a process, getting used to living here, but these friends that I
have made have certainly made it easier!
Corny Jokes. Always have, always will. A new
favorite: “You can’t use puns with kleptomaniacs. They take everything
literally.” Love it. Can’t stop. Sorrynotsorry.
Exchanging pictures and/or texts of ridiculously
over-the-top Christian t-shirts, billboards, church signs, etc. with my
good friend, Liz. We have done this for years and will continue to do
so because it’s just absurd what some people
put on the side of church buildings to proclaim the name of Jesus.
Such as: “Bring your sin to the altar and drop it like it’s hot. Drop it
like it’s hot.” (pretty sure even Snoop Dizzle would be like "say whaaaaaaaa???")
Knowing that Derek and I are so close to being
debt-free and never looking back. 4 years ago we made the choice to
ditch the debt. We don’t have a lot of “stuff” and we have cut back
tremendously, but the funny thing is that in doing
so, we realized…we don’t need it and really couldn’t care less about
half of it! TV-Shmeevee…we aint got no bills, folks!! And THAT is an
Hearing Brennan recite his memory verses. He does
such a great job and it makes my heart happy that he is learning and
The fact that me and my husband and my babies are healthy and have the ability to walk and talk and work and be active.
Surprises! Giving and Receiving…but mostly giving.
Although I am notoriously bad about keeping things under wraps. It’s
truly a miracle if a surprise lasts until “surprise time” with me :)
Boxers. The dog variety. Derek and I talk about
what kind of dog we want from time to time. He says Rhodesian Ridegback
(which are beautiful dogs and I wouldn’t mind) but I just love Boxers.
I miss Levi.
Oh my gosh, guys…I just discovered this not too
long ago, but TEA FLOATS. I had a hankering for a float but didn’t have
any soda. I thought to myself “I like tea with sugar and cream…I
wonder if iced tea over ice cream would be good??”
Spoiler Alert: IT’S AWESOME. Unsweetened Iced Tea + Vanilla Ice
Cream. DO IT.
Being able to meet and play with (and allow my kids
to meet and play with) my old friend’s kids. It’s like
Mini-Friends…and what we always talked about. So fun!
Celebrity Gossip Magazines. Guilty Pleasure. But I
won’t buy them. Every now and then, Derek will bring them home when
passengers leave them on the airplane…happy days!!
Friends Reruns. Derek gets annoyed and will very
dryly say “Oh. I have never seen this episode.” But I think he secretly
enjoys watching with me because it never gets old. Unlike me.
The ability to fly most places for free. Perks of
being married to a pilot. Sure, it would be nice if we didn’t have to
fly stand-by, but I will not complain! Free is free!
Pickled Okra. Another new discovery…evidently the country is getting to all of us ‘round here. Hey Y’all!!
Hearing Brennan say “Mom…did you know I love you??”
like 500 times a day. I love this because I know that he says it
because he has heard us say it to him about 501 times a day and THAT my
friends, is a main goal of mine. That my boys
and my man will know that they know that they know that I love them!
Talking about our future with Derek…and being so
excited because I won’t lie, I’m not even a little bit sad about turning
30. I have a feeling that thirty is going to be awesome. I got 29
Problems and a Birthday aint one. BRING IT!!