The Norvells

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thoughts on 30

I'm turning 30 in a few short months.  Wow. I'm still trying to digest that. I remember as a teenager, 30 just seemed so OLD.  I don't feel old, I don't think I look old. But 30!?!

I always had goals I wanted to accomplish by 30, and I can honestly say, God provided each and every one.

I wanted to be married. Not only am I married, but I have a wonderful marriage and a husband who not only loves me but adores me. We've been through our struggles, and I'm sure there are more to come, but we've built a very strong foundation over the past 10 years, and I'm proud to say that no struggle can break that foundation.

I wanted kids. A boy first, then a girl. That's what I always envisioned ever since I was young. And God blessed me with just that.

Jordan is about to turn 5 in May. He is a boy like none other. He's so sensitive, which I see as a blessing, but we've had to overcome challenges because of his sensitivity.  He's such a little lover, always wanting "snuggles".  He says the funniest things, well beyond his years, and I'm sure he has a larger vocabulary than mine. His imagination is flourishing, and I'm sure he'll be gracing a theater stage in the near future.

Reese will be 2 in August. Her personality is truly beginning to flourish. She does not want help with anything. She is incredibly independent. She's so eager to grow up and be like Jo Jo. She will only obey Mommy or Daddy when we say "please." She has a Southern charm about her without ever going to the South. I have a feeling she is going to be a great leader with exceptional charm and grace.

I wanted to own a house. It will be a year in July that we bought our home, and although it took what seemed like forever before we could move in, we're here. We've put so much time, tears and sacrifice into this house, I think we're finally at a point of enjoying it. There are and will always be little weekend projects, but the bulk of renovation is finished. I find myself at peace here, instead of thinking, "Will this ever be home?".

I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. This was a big one for me. I worked in daycares for years, I saw the disconnect between parents and kids. I saw the kids more than the parents did. I didn't want that. I prayed so much for the Lord to bless us with this request, and He did. Not always in the way I expected, but the prayer was answered. Now I am able to be home with my kids, work from home two days a week and go into work two days a week. It's perfect. We don't make a great deal of money, but we have what we need.

I wanted a community of fellowship. We have become very connected with our church family. We've been at WBCC for 3 years now, and we've established a bond with our friends that is unlike any other. They've really seen us through difficult times, and have remained steady and supportive. It a wonderful feeling when you know that your brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for you. (How sad that I don't have a picture?!?)

I truly believe that the desires in your heart are there by God. All of these things have been important to me since I can remember, and I have been truly blessed to have them all fulfilled.

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