I clearly remember turning 29 and thinking that the end was near…there was only one year remaining in my twenties. I was genuinely sad when I thought about turning 30. I should have been so excited to start the decade when I would marry the man that I love and have my 3 children. As I start another decade I decided to look back at my life and it has been pretty great. Don’t worry I’m not going to tell my life story, but here is a glimpse…
I was born in Louisiana and I have also lived in MA, NY, PA, and VA. My mom (age 21 at the time) is holding me in front of my first home and the next picture is from my baptism a few months later. My Great-Grandfather is holding me and my Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother are also in the picture.
My brother joined our family a few months before I turned 3 and we have pretty much always gotten along.
I had a fairly typical childhood and split my school years with K-6th grade in Rochester, NY and 7th-12th in Pittsburgh, PA. The pouty face on this next picture reminds me so much of Juliana and the next picture is from my first trip to Disney World when I was 10 – back then there was the Magic Kingdom and part of Epcot had just opened (I was 21 the next time I went).
I don’t have many pictures from high school at my house but here is my drivers license photo when I was 16 and I managed to find a picture of my permed hair (and holding our cat Chuck).
My parents bought a car for me when I was 16; this picture was taken when I was in college.
I was randomly paired with my college roommate Ann and we lived together for 4 years.
Heather and I met when I moved to VA after college. We lived together for 2 years and she was the maid-of-honor in my first wedding (wedding picture is with my Aunt Cindy).
The years between my divorce and meeting Scott were spent traveling and working at events and tradeshows. Most of the pictures from the time period look like this one – matching clothes and a drink in hand. I still work with Jessica (left) and Christa (middle). Jessica generally drank the least of our group…I’m not sure why she is holding 2 beers in this picture.
In 2004 Scott and I were engaged and married and went to Italy on our honeymoon and Disney World on vacation. I look so happy in this set of pictures and I was. I still am happy the difference is I was well rested then.
In 2005 Juliana joined us and made me a mom.
And in 2009 we became a family of 5 and we were complete. As I start this next decade I am reminded that I am a very lucky girl.