Wow, people really aren’t kidding when they say that time flies. I only have a few more minutes left in my twenties, so I am feeling nostalgic. I had to go back and listen to the song “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw and one thing that I pulled from that and intend to make true is the line,“My next thirty years will be the best years of my life.” I can definitely say that the twenties were infinitely better than the teens, so I’m hoping that pattern holds true! I remember before my 25th birthday, I decided that 25 was going to be the best year of my life, and that I would be brave and try new things. And you know what? It really was the best year that I’d ever had. So I learned a valuable lesson that year that the only way to have a great life is to decide that you are going to make it great, and to stop sitting around and waiting for greatness to fall into your lap. Because of that lesson, I have no doubt that my thirties will be the best years of my life, just as the years since I turned 25 have been. I can’t wait to see what changes and growth God has planned for me, and I truly hope that when I sit on the eve of my 39th birthday and reflect back to this day, that I will barely recognize the young woman that I am now. I hope that I will laugh at my 29 year old ignorance and have some new wisdom to reflect on. 

I have learned in my twenties that life is such a grand adventure, and we are meant to live fully in the place where we’ve been planted. We were not created to be casual bystanders in life, but full participants. I’ve learned that I’m not nearly as smart or good as I thought I was, and that I need the grace of God every second. I’ve learned that we are not meant to go through this life as loners, and that I need to lean on other people sometimes without feeling like it’s a weakness. I’ve learned that I have friends and family who are truly amazing people – to the point that I really don’t understand how I ever got so lucky. I’ve learned that I still have so much left to learn. 

So, thanks to all of you who have gotten me through these first 30 years! I couldn’t have done it without you. We’ve made some wonderful memories, and it makes me smile to imagine the adventures that are still to come.