I had one of those moments this afternoon when something sparked the most wonderful memory. I was driving past the old Anderson County Library which has now become the Anderson County Museum and all of the sudden I was 6 years old again walking hand in hand with my dad. Going to the library was one of my most favorite things to do. And daddy was always willing. We would search along the aisles for books I had heard about or subjects that I wanted to study. The trips would always have themes: cats, dogs, horses, whales, how to draw, or perhaps they just had pretty pictures. And then we would walk out of library, my hand in his. And we would go home and study.
Such wonderful, precious memories. To think I had almost forgotten them. I hope I never forget what it felt like.
30 before 30 - UPDATE '08
So, last year I shared my 30 Before 30
list. It's only fitting that I fill you in on what's happened and where I'm going. It's also been far too long since I've written and I'm not going to lie, I've missed you. Hopefully we can see lots more of each other very soon. Now, let's get on with it:
1. See wild horses...in the wild.
2. Go whale watching.3. Run a marathon or half-marathon (check).
4. Photograph a celebrity.
5. Go to Hawaii.
6. Love on someone who has never been loved.
7. See the Northern Lights.8. Go Rock Climbing (check).9. Go spelunking (check).10. Fall in love (check checkity check check).
11. Sky dive.
12. Live in another country for six months.13. Face a fear (check).
14. Learn to ballroom dance.
15. Drive across the country.
16. Buy a house.17. Try sushi (check).
18. Teach my cat to break dance.
19. Pay off my student loan.20. Be in two places at once (check. Thanks Carowinds!).21. Own a Mac (check).
22. Be fearless.
23. Travel. Travel. Travel.24. Write a book (started during the summer).
25. Take archery lessons.26. Sell a painting (check).
27. Say what I mean.
28. Mean what I say.
29. Buy a sewing machine and stop sewing everything by hand.
30. Dig for dinosaur bones.
9 complete. 21 more to go. I will tell you that the gift of #10 blew me away in more ways than I can imagine. I still try and form words for what happened. But they really don't do him justice. 2007 taught me more about love than I thought existed. I had been guilty of thinking that words of poetry and song truly captured the magic of falling in love. But in actuality, at least for me, words completely fail. There are no words for when God moves. You are humbled, brought to your knees and awed by how great your God knows you. At times I would find myself just repeatedly telling Adam that I loved him. Over and over. It never conveyed what I was feeling. In a matter of months, I felt like God had opened up the floodgates of my heart and I was overcome with emotion for my new family. I didn't know what to do with it all. I still don't. What a blessing that God gave me. I am so thankful for this new part of my life: for Adam, for his brother, mother, and in the short time that I knew him, his father. I can say without a shadow of doubt that God made me for Adam. And I can't wait to share the rest of my life with him. He's what's for awesome.
I can't wait for 2008,
It's going to be great,
(yeah i totally just wrote that)
Friday, February 08, 2008 | 8:59 AM | LINK |