It’s August 2, 2020, which means – it’s my birthday! I turn a quarter-of-a-century years old today. That’s crazy. How is it that 24 went by so quickly and not quickly at all at the exact same time?
I wanted to take today to reflect on the last 25 years of life and to think about the big things that have changed me. I’m going to be adding some photos taken a long time ago, so please don’t judge the camera quality on these!
August of 1995, my mother birthed her first child. I was a pretty big baby, and everyone loved to call me “Butterball” as a nickname in those days. I don’t remember much about my childhood from before I was about 6 or 7 years old ; it’s just really hard for me to reach back in my brain that far.
In the somewhat later years of my childhood, I lived in my grandparents’ house with this giant back yard where we would throw parties. I had an amazing neighborhood of friends that I got to go outside and play with whenever I wanted! I feel really grateful to have had such a great time in their house.
I spent my high school years the way anyone typically would – trying to find the right relationship style for me and the right friend group who would treat me with compassion and caring. I finally did find the right guy when I started dating my now husband, Ben. He is truly a gem, then and now!
He’s such a gem actually, that we got married shortly after college! I remember this day as the happiest of my entire life. We had an awesome wedding with a beautiful mountain honeymoon in Tennessee. I couldn’t ask for a better partner to share my birthday with.
And now, we live in a nice apartment with the cutest little pup ever, Dunkin. Things are never really easy, but they could be so much worse. I am extremely thankful to have had the life I got to experience with my family and with Ben. I’m so excited for the next 25 years!