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.


Ria Thurston said...

Great, Great, Great post! I often wonder this... however I am a little "behind" compared to you ;) Haha, kidding! I love being a wife and married at 20. We are planning to start for babies in Fall 2011 :) God is SO faithful! He knows what is best and what God's timing is for each of us individually. You radiate Christ, Claire. I love reading your blog!

Rae Nolt said...

Love this! As a person who had to wait to get married and start her family in her 30's I enjoy knowing how you fell in love early in life! Blessings on your family! I LOVE hearing how people fell in love and got married and have a family!

Truly His said...

I love reading your blogs. I am a newlywed and started dating my husband at 16 and we were married at 20. I often wonder that too, if people "pity" us and in this day in age marriage is not honored anymore by many, but so many people make it out to be a bad thing. I love where God has brought us and am soooo happy on the journey He lead us on, how faithful He has been. I know we would be best friends if we met... God bless your house as you give it to HIM!

KB said...

I married at 19 and at 26 have a 2 year old and twins on the way!
I wouldn't change it for anything. I feel so blessed to have not gone through the "stuff" that so many of my friends went through!
I had a plan when I was about 16...and I am so glad God re-directed me. And although this is eventually where I knew I'd be...I missed out on a lot of heartache and drama! SO thankful :)
I too and am loving life!!