Monday, December 13, 2010

Another year...

Tomorrow is the big 2-6. My 25th year of life has been filled of learning experiences, to say the least. I've taken major risks, started a new church adventure with 4 other people, completed 2 triathlons and a half marathon, lost 50 pounds, started my 5th year of teaching, experienced hurt and learned about guarding my heart, experienced a ton of joy, made lots of new friends, watched the Chargers give up the most blocked punts EVER, traveled to India, and most importantly, learned more about God, through all of it.

I think this was definitely my verse for the year. It kept coming up, over and over. I'm so thankful for the peace of God, which transcends all understanding. Overall, it has been a great year. I'm surrounded by amazing people, and I am blessed!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Phillipians 4:6-7

My mom sent me a birthday card today. It might seem extra, extra corny to all of you, and I was already a little more emotional than normal today, but this card had me in tears. She called and said she thought it described me perfectly. It was exactly what I needed to read today. Thanks mom!:)

To My Daughter:

Sometimes I get so caught up in being your Mom--
still trying to look out for you and worrying about every little thing--
that I don't take time to tell you what you deserve to hear.

I'm amazed by you with everything you've accomplished,
and how busy you are everyday,
you're still one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know.

I'm inspired by you--
your courage, your ambition, the way you look at life,
Even when things are challenging, you keep your positive attitude.

I'm proud of you and always have been.
You know exactly who you are and you do a beautiful job of expressing it.
I love watching you be "you."


MeganAnne said...

I agree with your mom, Christal!! Happy happy happy birthday!

Mama Mote said...

I love the card your mom sent. It's great. You are an encouragement, Christal, even with all the miles between us. It's been fun sharing your journey and seeing how God is growing you. I've got more weight to lose and I still need to be more consistent in exercising. I still have the "from the couch to 5K" schedule you mentioned to me and will start using it now. Maybe I'll get to a 5k eventually. God bless and have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!