On March 31st I will be bidding my farewell's to my 20's. I honestly believe that your 20's are probably the most important decade in ones life. Think about it for a moment... for most people it is in their 20's that they decided on a college or a career, a spouse, if they want to have children, etc. So many important life decisions are decided during the age of 20-30. I am not saying it is the BEST decade of your life (I pray the best is yet to come for my life) but it was a very monumental decade for myself personally. As I think back on the past 10 years of my life I can not help but be amazed at how much has happened and changed in my life. It truly was the best of times and sometimes even the worst of time. But as I reminisce over my last decade I can not help but smile becasue most of the BEST moments in my life happened during that time.
Lets take a walk down memory lane...
At the age of 20 I made the decision to move to Midland, TEXAS (I have been in Texas for 10 years now). I had just graduated from a 2 year Bible School Masters Commission USA in Phoenix, AZ. John and I had been dating long distance for the past year and since I knew he was "the one" I figured we needed to try out actually living in the same state.
A few months after I turned 21 I was finally engaged! Although that does seem very young (especially now) to be engaged, John and I had been dating over 3 years and I was getting quite antsy to begin the wedding planning. Don't tell John but I already had my wedding dress, the invitations and may have even booked a venue before he had proposed!!!! hahaha
22 was both the best and worst year of my life. For as long as I live I will always remember the bitter-sweet year of 2006. On June 17th 2006 I got married to the love of my life John Michael Alcala in South Lake Tahoe, California. I had dreamed of that day my entire life and it turned out more beautiful than I had ever imagined. One month later July 26th 2006 my father unexpectedly died of a heart attack, leaving behind my mom, my 11 year old sister, 16 year old brother, 20 year old brother and myself. That day is still a total blur. I was talking on the phone with my mom early in the morning as my dad left their house to run some errands...he never came home. It wasn't until almost midnight that night that his body was found. I spent that entire year trying to adjust to being a newlywed while walking through the most awful, unimaginable, grief.
Turning 23 was a breath of fresh air. John and I bought our 1st house the week of my birthday!!! I'm still not quite sure how we bought a house making as little money as we did and looking like total teenagers haha But we did and made some incredible memories on 2611 Ward St. I also graduated college from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Magna Cum Laude, with a bachelors of art in psychology & a minor in Sociology. College was so important to my dad and I knew he would have been proud.
Turning 25 was a fun year for our family. John was promoted to being an equity trader at NFJ Investment group, we were running Invictus USA, a college/young adult group together and I was loving running the Women's Ministry "Bloom" at our church. We were getting to do minsisty with our very best friends and family here in DFW. That year I also surprised John with a trip to NYC for his Birthday! At the time neither of us had ever been to New York and we had both always dreamed of it (especially John!) It was a fun trip, and at the time I never would have guessed that we would be back every year since then.
26 was a land mark year for my life! In October 2010 John & I took a trip to Europe (Spain, Italy & France) which had been a life long dream for me. Then, in December 2010 I found out I was pregnant! Finding out I was pregnant was such a surreal time in my life. I always new I wanted to one day be pregnant and have kids but it always seemed to be so far in the future...I did not exactly LOVE everything about pregnancy but it was an amazing experience that I now looking back on and cherish so very much. Sure, it had its ups and downs but I wouldn't trade it for the world! *An extra bonus that year was my mama & little sister moved from California to Texas!
I was 27 years old the year I became a mother. Getting married and becoming a mom were the absolute best moments of not only the decade but my life. My sweet Josselyn Grace Alcala was born 8.26.11 and she gave me one of the greatest gift of all MOTHERHOOD. From that moment on my life has never been the same (and I have yet to have another full nights sleep)
28 is a year I will never ever ever ever forget! Exactly one year from the day Josselyn was born I fond out that I was pregnant again! We were in Mexico on a cruise for John's 29th Birthday and I felt nauseous...To make a long story short it was a very unexpected, unplanned, but oh so wonderful surprise!
29 has been one of the craziest, most overwhelming, yet perfectly beautiful year of my life! We welcomed our 2nd little princess Julianna Faith Alcala into the world on 4.22.13 and she truly is our precious Jewel. I also joined the 2 under 2 club that year (not many women experience 2 babies under the age of 2 in their life time) and that has honestly been my greatest challenge yet greatest blessing of my entire life! It is a year I will never forget & always cherish.
I will be honest it is a little emotional saying good bye to my 20's. When I turned 20 I was single Cali girl who had been going to school in Phoenix Arizona for the past 2 years, living in a tiny apartment with 4 roommates...10 years later, I am a Texas resident who has been married for 8 years and is now a mother to two! Although I couldn't be happier with the path my life is on it is still tough getting older. My prayer for my life is that the BEST truly is yet to come. I never want to live in the past, but instead enjoy the present and look forward to the future. They say that "30 is the new 20" so I am just going to keep telling myself that and maybe I will eventually start to believe it haha! But in all seriousness, I am so humbled & thankful for the blessings the Lord has given to me. I know that I absolutely do not deserve any of it! I pray that I spend the next 10 years living my life 100% for the Lord, loving my husband, girls, family & friends. May I be a reflection of God's love to all those I encounter and may I age gracefully along the way ;)
Farewell 20's & Hello 30's...