Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another year cooler...

I told my neice I was one year cooler and one year smarter. She questioned the smarter part. I'm SO glad she didn't question the cooler part.... ;)

When I turned 27, I threw this big hissyfit. I had a "hard time" with 27 and wasn't all that thrilled about my birthday. I was also anticipating Gabriella's heart cath, which was done April 24 last year. On my birthday last year, Gabriella was not yet diagnosed. She was 'healthy'.

Before I turned 27 last year, I thought I had problems. I thought I had stress. I thought complaining was the way to cope. I knew God, but relied on my own path and plan in life.

Today, I turn 28. There has never been a birthday where I feel I actually GREW up in the previous year than this. I have learned so much about life in a way I don't think I could have ever learned given our journey with Gabriella's heart didn't happen. I learned so much about myself. I faced and OVERCAME so many demons and issues within me. I found a deeper and more passionate relationship with God. Those 3 things I learned alone changed my life. It changed my marriage, motherhood, my relationships and friendships. It changed everything from the way I pray to the way I spend money. It changed my opinions on people and diversity and life. It changed the way I 'stress' over issues and is a reminder that complaining serves no purpose.

So, today I am celebrating another year of life. I am praising God for another year HE has given me, and another year to learn more. I am praising Him for another year with my kids, and being allowed to care for Gabriella.

So for your entertainment, here are some pictures of me as a wee little toehead!
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6 comments:

The Simmons Family said...

HAPPY 28TH BIRTHDAY!!!!

Andrea Gunnell said...

Happy Birthday!!! Isn't it interesting that we would NEVER choose to have a child with a heart defect and yet they teach us so much about life and what is really important!

LeAnna said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope your day is filled with loves and hugs!!

The McAllisters

Heather said...

You're just a BABY! Goodness. 28...those were the days....

Happy Birthday Friend!

Anonymous said...

HAAAAAAAAAPY BIIIIIIIIIRTHDAY! (In Frosty the Snowman voice ;D) I love the pictures! SO cute! The one with you and (guessing your dad) your hair looks almost the same. It made me chuckle a little bit. :) tee-hee
Angie's Support Team

Mary Ann said...

I hope you had a wonderful Birthday. You are an amazing woman and mommy. Praying for Princess G!

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