I don’t feel like a newly-claimed 40 year-old woman, I still feel like a girl.
When I was young and free, I had big plans. I wanted to go to college and study to become an elementary teacher. I wanted to travel the world, helping those in need. I wanted to train for marathons and help care for the environment, especially the ocean, but most importantly, I dreamed of someday becoming a mother.
Ever since I was a little girl, my greatest desire has been to be a mother.
(Here I am eight years old playing house with my baby sister Becky)
But at the age of 18, then 19, then up to age 24, the problem was finding someone to love.
I’ve showcased some of my fun dating disasters, here. Finally, at the age of 25, the Lord granted me my one true love.
To read about how I met the counselor, click here, here, here and here. The counselor proposed after four weeks of courtship. We were engaged for three months before being married in the
. We were determined to travel and do some things with just the two of us before starting our family, but my heart’s desire to be a mother
outshined anything else. A year and
three months after our wedding, we had our first child, Mesa
Mormon Temple Chandler.
Finally, I was a mother. I couldn’t believe this little creature was created inside my body. And how was his tiny body so perfect? Sure, I was throwing up for 9 months and gained 30 pounds, but to think my body had the ability to such a thing? It changed my life.
was one, a little voice inside my head suggesting there was another baby
wanting to join our home. The counselor
proved to be the most amazing father and supportive husband I could have never
imagined. He was all for having lots of
babies. A year later, Payson was born,
another few years came Mayer,
With each baby came miracles and blessings.
I didn't know my heart had such capacity to love.
Most importantly, my dreams of being a mother had come true.
This is what I am thinking of today. I am a happy 40 year-old rebel with 5 gorgeous kids!
How did that happen so fast? How am I so blessed!
On my birthday, my friend Amberlee took me to lunch.
Amberlee’s daughter Francesca is
Eden’s little bestie girl
friend. After we ate, I wanted to get their picture together, after all, when they're18 years-old they will love to see photos of them growing up together. Everywhere we had the girls
stand was a bit frightening.
Finally, we found a place at this amazing Mexican restaurant with nothing scary in the background, unless you count the red vine of tremendously hot chili peppers that would probably burn their eyes out if they touched them.
Later, at home, I watched
Eden play with the dog and the hose.
My dog looks like a demon!
My daughter looks like an angel with bouncy piggy tails!
Over the weekend, we drained our pool to give it a good cleaning.
Today, we played in it as it filled back up.
Turning 40 isn’t so bad, especially with all my little dreams-come-true keeping me young. Thank you for all your birthday wishes. It was a wonderful day.