It feels like it has been forever since I blogged. And in all honesty, it has been. This is a week of reflection. This is the week that I turn 55 years old. 55. 5. 5. There was a time in my life when I didn't think I would see 30 much less 55. There was a time in my life that I didn't care if I reached 30. My, how times change. Now I need to make it to at least 75 to see my granddaughter graduate college.
Life is funny. I look back and wonder where the time has gone. It seems like yesterday I had two babies, 1 and 2 years old. Today my kids are 24, 25, and 26. I couldn't be prouder of them. Are they perfect? NO! Would I give everything for any of them? YES! None of them have had and easy life. Easier than a lot of people, but with trials and tribulations. One of them has had more than their fare share of grief.
Maybe that's why I haven't blogged in so long. It's easy to write when things are happy like Mikaela's baptism. It's hard to write when you want to scream and say STOP hurting someone I love.
Today is a new day. All three of my children are happy and moving in a forward direction. My son comes home tonight for 9 days. I can't wait to see him. It's been since Thanksgiving. When he leaves, my oldest and her daughter will be home for a few days. Even though I just saw them a week ago, I know that over the next few months they will be moving far away and it will be more difficult to see them. So I will treasure this visit. My middle child has moved back to this area and it is such a comfort to know she's close by.
55. What have I accomplished in this life? A big part of me want to say not much. But inside, I know that's not true. I have an amazing husband, who loves me unconditionally and who I feel the same about. As I said, I have these three amazing children who are all successes in their own right. I have the most amazing friends a person could ever have. I know that I could call any of them at the drop of a hat and they would be there for me. Friendship is truly a gift from God. I have spent my adult life working and volunteering to make a difference in the life of children from Germany to Florida to Tennessee to Kentucky. I have been graced with the opportunity to do what I love. Create. Not many people can say they get to do what they love every day. I can.
I am blessed. I am thankful. I love and I am loved. I am going to be 55 this week. My husband asks what I'm going to do the next 55 years. I believe I'll continue to do what I've done for the past 55. Who could ask for more. Hugs to you all!