Tuesday, July 12, 2011

10 Years Ago...

This past week I celebrated my 29th birthday.  There is something about birthdays that always makes me feel nostalgic.  As my 20's are coming to an end I've been thinking about the last decade and how much my life has changed...how much I have changed.

10 years ago I was just 19.  I was a waitress at a little coffee shop, and I didn't even drink coffee.  I thought I was an adult, but now I know that I really had no idea what that meant.

I had so much freedom.  I would play my guitar every day.  I had time to paint and journal and be creative.  I could come and go as I pleased.

But, I also remember that time feeling very lost.  I was in a place of waiting.  I had all these dreams of "someday...", but I don't think I knew what I had right in front of me. 

Then one day my high school sweetheart took me to our special place.  There in that beautiful, white pine forest he asked me to be his wife.  Of course I said yes, and from that moment my life changed.  It was no longer about me, but about us.

The next 6 months were a whirlwind of wedding plans and excitement.  We had always planned on getting married young, and I have never regretted that decision, but I wonder if I really understood what I had at 19.

I don't miss those days.  I know I am where I meant to be now, and I can't imagine my life any other way.  But if I could go back and speak to the me at 19, there is so much I could say.

I wasn't prepared to be a wife.  I thought I was, I was in love, how hard could it be?

But I guess it's all part of the journey.  I wouldn't have listened then, I needed to learn things for myself.

I am so thankful that God took hold of my heart and changed me from the inside.  I'm sure in 10 years I will look back on this 29 year old and have so much more to say.

5 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness. Ten years ago, I was 23, and I had NO idea how much freedome lay before me. I was wrapped up in the next guy, what *might* happen, what was coming next. I could've done anything, but didn't. So glad we mature...at least a little. :)

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  2. Wow! You 10 years ago sounds just like me right now (I'm 20). I'm in a state of waiting...waiting for what God has planned for me and waiting for something different to happen. I'm in college right now but my heart isn't in it anymore. I pray that God guides me to what I'm supposed to do with my life because I feel lost.
    Anyways, your blog is beautiful and so is your family! Thank you for sharing your stories, experiences and words of wisdom. I find peace when I read your blog. God Bless you!

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  3. Oh Katherine! You just made my day! Thank you for your sweet words.

    Waiting is so hard...but it's not for nothing. God has a purpose for every one of our days. I'll be praying for you to find the path that God has for you soon. But I also want to encourage you to cherish this time in between.
    Blessings to you, ~Crystal

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  4. Thanks Crystal!
    Your prayers mean so much to me! :)

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  5. Thank you, Crystal. That was a beautiful post. I cannot even imagine where Kris and I will be in 10 years, as we don't even know where we'll be living or working next month. But, I do know that I am already being transformed. In the two months we've been married and the 3 years we've been together, God has done some amazing things. Not always easy of course, but that's part of his beautiful refining and Love. You make me excited to continue on this path.. Not only through this post, but with your life with Scott. Thank you.

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