September 14, 2010

It’s my birthday today. I’m 25 years old.

My life is so different than it was a year ago.

One year ago, I woke up alone because Bart was traveling (it was the first of 13 weeks he would spend away). Today he works close enough to home that I could pick him up for lunch.

A year ago, I was an elementary school librarian, commuting south every day to teach 6 classes. Today I’m a stay at home mom.

And a year ago I wasn’t even pregnant. Today I have a nearly two month old baby.

A year ago, I felt like I was always looking toward the future – toward the next weekend, the next vacation, the next raise, the next nicer apartment. Today, I am happier with my life than I can ever remember being.

It’s going to be a good year.

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  • Reply Jeanelle September 14, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Yahoo! Happy birthday!! Hope it's a fabulous, fun-filled day. xoxo

  • Reply Amber September 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Welcome to the quarter of a century club!!! 😀 Crazy where life takes us in just a year… right?!

  • Reply tootie September 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Happy Birthday my dear! It sounds like this is already shaping up to be your best year yet! 🙂

  • Reply smalldog September 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hope you're having the happiest of happy birthdays!

  • Reply Jess September 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    It IS going to be a good year. So excited for you! And happy birthday!

  • Reply Marie September 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! So glad you are so happy – it's a nice feeling.

  • Reply Angiegirl September 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Happy Birthday, Janssen! It's nice to hear you're happy with your life. 🙂

  • Reply Carly September 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

    I'm with you–as much as I loved teaching, there's nothing brighter than the prospect of getting to love that little one all day every day.

    I hope today and this year is the best yet!

  • Reply Yankee Girl September 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Kelly J. September 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    My 25th year has been fantastic (and almost over!!), and I hope the same for you!

    It's amazing how much happens. When I was younger, I thought when school was over, changes wouldn't happen much. I mean, it's not like you're going to be starting 4th or 7th or 11th grade. But in reality, MORE change happens, I think. Crazy!

  • Reply RaewynD September 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Happy Birthday – hope you have a wonderful day.

  • Reply Rachel September 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope it's a great day!

  • Reply kristen September 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Hope your day is fabulous! Happy birthday!

  • Reply Okie September 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Happy Birthday

  • Reply Rhiannon September 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope there is a delicious dessert in your future!

  • Reply ccr in MA September 15, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Happy birthday! I hope you've had a great day. Isn't it satisfying when things are not only good, but better than they were?

  • Reply Jenny September 15, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Packrat September 15, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Happy birthday! You have no idea how fast time will fly from now on. Enjoy each moment.

  • Reply Noelle September 15, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Happy Birthday Janssen! I am sorry I have been such a neglectful commenter….internet has been sketchy. But you are wonderful and I'm so glad to have kept such good contact with you over the years. Hope your 25th year is awesome!

  • Reply Heather September 15, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Happy happy birthday!

  • Reply Rick September 15, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Happy Birthday! I have never read your blog before, but I know my wife loves reading it and I just want to wish birthday happiness to someone who keeps a smile on Heather's face. As a side note, 25 is oh so young.

  • Reply Melinda September 15, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you are celebrating big! 25 is a milestone!!!

  • Reply Katherine September 15, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Reply Merrick September 15, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Yes, it is going to be a great year. Especially if I move to Texas 🙂

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply McKinley September 15, 2010 at 4:28 am

    YAY!! Happy birthday!!

  • Reply RA September 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Happy, happy birthday! I wished I lived nearby so that I could come over with a bunch of mini cupcakes for you. 🙂

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife September 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Happy birthday!! (A day late)

    Hope this year is your best yet!

  • Reply Isabel September 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Happy Birthday.

    It's amazing what can happen in 365 days!

  • Reply amber waves of grain September 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! (a day late, sorry!) Hope you enjoyed your day! Sounds like a year of good changes. 🙂

  • Reply emandtrev September 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! I think the last year has been great to you and you absolutely deserve it. I hope you're birthday with Bart and your sweet babe was wonderful.

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