Wow, I cannot believe I haven’t posted since February. I was doing so well for a while. The last few months have been a whirl wind. Absolutely amazing. I don’t think I could feel any more blessed than I already do. I posted in January about some exciting changes coming my way, and I am happy to report they are unfolding beautifully before me.
At the end of February my older brother and his wife had a baby girl and named her Lainey. She is by far the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen. I was shocked by the amount of love I had for such a little baby who wasn’t even my own. It scared me a little bit and made me wonder how much love her parents must be feeling.
At the end of April I turned 27. I was able to celebrate with my husband by going to see Mamma Mia at The Orpheum in Minneapolis. I received tickets, as a complete surprise, from Cities 97. I have never loved being a frequent listener so much! We had so much fun on our date night. I am a firm believer that you are never too old to celebrate your birthday.
That same week I finally, yes finally, graduated from college. What a road. I began the journey 2003. I received many W’s. I have an F on my official transcript. I often went home in the winter when I couldn’t find a close parking spot. I was on probation-academic probation. I took multiple semesters “off”. I traveled to Europe twice in one year. I moved far too much. I had many wonderful roommates that taught me so much about life and friendship. I kissed a couple of boys, yes just a couple, and they all resulted in strep throat. I learned an exceptional amount about eyeballs. I worked at the Gap and was paid in clothes. I had a beloved car named Bonnie, until it was replaced by Bonnie, and then Manny. I danced…a lot. I wore pink…a lot. I developed an aversion to vodka. I learned how to drink beer. I cried. I laughed. I was promoted. I wrote a lot of papers. I presented more in front of people than I ever thought possible. I received an Associated of Arts degree. I received a Global Studies certificate. I went on a blind date. I continued to love JT. I became a Godmother. I fell in love. I managed multiple panic attacks and kept my anxiety at bay on many occasions. I survived being “the one at home” over a year long deployment. I made amazing friends. I became a wife. I got a dog. I moved to the suburbs. I tried really, really hard. And finally…I earned my Bachelor’s degree.