It’s a Monday morning and the house is peaceful. Bryan is out and about taking care of some things, and Peyton is playing happily with her toys. It’s times like this morning that I sit in the simplicity of my own life and I think about where I’ve been, where I am and who I am. I’m 21 years old, and I’m living the typical life of women much older than myself. I have an almost toddler and a baby on the way… fully settled into my family life. It’s funny to think that most people my age are still in college, partying on the weekends and daydreaming about where they’ll be in 5-10 years. Sometimes I wonder if people my age look at me and pity me.. Think that they wouldn’t want to be stuck at home raising kids and cooking dinner at such a young age… but in reality, I don’t care. I love my life. I love that this is what God has brought me to. I love that I get to shape and mold these two beautiful girls who God has given me. I love that I get to be teammates with a man who I only could have only dreamed about. I love that I get to cook dinner for my husband, listen to his struggles and love him fiercely.
I made my own choice about how I wanted to live my life. I didn’t fall into this life by accident. I made the choice to get married at 18. We chose to get pregnant 7 months later. We were surprised by our second pregnancy, but overjoyed, not disappointed. This life isn’t one I’m resigned to--it’s one I revel in. And I want many, many more children if God will allow. I love being pregnant and feeling life inside of me. I love being a mother and taking pride in the way my daughter can feed herself, or the way she says “hi”! I love being a wife and giving myself to my husband in word, thought and action. I love being a homemaker and setting a hot meal on the table. I love being a friend and sharing life with other young mom’s, laughing and talking about breastfeeding, labor stories, sleep dilemmas, and the best bottle system out there.
So I want to hear it from you. Where did you think you’d be at the age you are now? How is where you are, different from where you thought you’d be? And how is that difference an undeniably good thing?
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, reveling in the life you lead.