getting older

“One day, we wake up and realize we’re not children anymore. Perhaps it’s after we graduate elementary school, or maybe it’s high school, or maybe it’s when we have our first kiss or start to worry about money or death. Whenever it is, we do grow up. We’re forced to. There comes a time that we’re no longer allowed to be dependent on our parents. A time when our innocence disappears. A time when our carelessness is no longer seen as youthful and charming, but as pathetic and unduly childish ~ source

I turned 29 this past Sunday and I would like to take time out to just say thank you.

Thank you to God for bringing me to where I am today. I am happy and I am filled with excitement for the future because God has taken me from a difficult and broken place to this place of wholeness and hope. Everyday I wake with excited anticipation for what the day has to offer. Every victory, big and small, that I have won to this day is a testament to God’s constant and unwavering presence in my life. I would be nowhere if I had made this journey by myself so I say I am because You are. I can’t wait for the blessings the future has to offer.

Thank you to my amazing immediate family. My brother and sister. I love you more than words can say and I am proud of the adults you are becoming.

Thank you to my awesome extended family (also known as my friends). I can not even begin to list the reasons why each one of you makes my world richer but I will give you a few. You have kept me sane when the darkness threatened to take me, made me laugh, drunk too much wine with me, talked about boys with me, stopped me from making bad decisions (or at least tried lol), talked about grown up things like investment with me, taught me bad words in new languages, introduced me to the delight of being caught Aunty Chu loudly over and over by your gorgeous babies, introduced me to babies throwing up on me the moment I pick them up and introduced me to the fact that family has nothing to do with blood. This is less than 10% of the list. Here’s to many more years of friendship and I pray that I am half as much a blessing to you as you are to me.

Thank you to my phenomenal man. The stress of planning a surprise birthday party nearly got the best of you a few times but you stuck with it and I l love you for it. The journey through life has been so much more fun since I met you and I am excited to see what the future has to offer.

All that said… Happy Birthday to me. Cheers to the last year of my twenties. It will be awesome.

amazing dancing olivia gonzales gif source