I keep thinking I'm 30, but today I turn 32. So far the thirties just feel like this one general decade of age. The thirties have been pretty good to me, so far. Every now and then my birthday overlaps (or almost overlaps) with Father's Day, which is always a little sad for me. It's been nearly 14 years since my father passed away, even though it doesn't always feel that long ago. Almost half my life has gone by, and along with it, so many milestones I wish I could have shared with him: college graduation, law school graduation, becoming a lawyer, getting married, having a first child... but even so, I'm so thankful that I had a father who loved me and believed in me. I attribute most of the values I hold dear today to his good work as a parent.
Random list of things I've learned on my 31st year:
- Being a parent is harder than you can ever imagine, though it's totally worth it.
- Having a child changes a lot of relationships (mostly for the better!): the meaning of family first is very different.
- All moms are champions but moms who nurse are special champions- it is such a commitment and such hard work!
- It's still hard for me to ask for help and to ask for grace. I need lots of grace and have been blessed with lots of it despite having discovered some of my worst this past year.
- I'm in a pretty good place for being my age. :)
- I was way late on the Modern Family bandwagon but it is an awesome show!
- I will not being able to do everything just the way I want it, and that's okay.