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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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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