Tonight is the end of my 33rd birthday. It seems like the past few years have kind of melted together so I thought it would be good to try and remember this last year with a little more detail. As I reflected a few things came to mind of things I've learned, loved, and cherished.
#1 Never underestimate the power of prayer. I know my sister Stephanie is with us today because of the many prayers offered in her behalf. I always thought that if I was ever in a crisis situation I'd naturally be upset with God for allowing it to happen. However, I got a glimpse of how the Lord truly lifts burdens and can replace feelings of pain with peace if we allow him to.
#2 I wish I could freeze time. Ethan is now 3 1/2 and its so much fun. I never really knew how much I could love a little guy. My goal each day is to cherish every moment I have with him. (Somedays are better than others.:) I love our conversations. Often they involved Trey and going to the airport, random questions (like what do bugs eat?), and Ethan's imaginary friends. I asked him to stop growing and he explained with tears in his eyes that he was sorry but he couldn't.
#3 My little family comes first. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to visit Oregon and see my family. However, this last year I really started to understand that the only people that I can truly count on are Bob and Ethan. Realizing this has allowed me to get rid of any expectations that I may have had on others, and has made me appreciate Bob and Ethan more than I ever have.
May my 33rd year be filled with more great experiences!