If you knew me five years ago, you’d never have pictured me today. I did not intend to marry or have any children. I didn’t see the need, and I really loved the life I had. I was a homeowner with four cats (furry babies, really), a nice car, lots of space, a supportive family, a stable career, a 4.0 in graduate school, and everything I needed. I had a lot of the things I wanted, too, and things were good.
And then I met Joe on July 23, 2004. I kept him at a distance for a long while (months, the poor man!), but he pursued me. In September, I agreed to go out with him again. By October, I was hooked, and I knew we’d eventually marry. I just knew.
In July of 2005, we got engaged, and we married on July 22, 2006. By September, we were expecting. Grace was born on June 2, 2007. Pretty hasty for someone who didn’t want a husband or a family, but it always just felt right.
You know that old joke,
Q:How do you make God laugh?
A: Tell him your plans.
God had plans for me. I was supposed to be a wife and a momma. His plans have turned out pretty nicely, so I guess He knew what He was doing.
I decided to share this with you, dear internet, because I came upon a sight yesterday morning that made my heart melt. It filled me with such intense love and emotion that I cried, right there in the hallway with my pants, the Vaseline and my steroid ointment in my hands. In an instant, I saw the past four years go by and the things I would have missed out on if they hadn’t happened just as they did. I am a lucky woman, and I am right where I belong.
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