When I was 20, Jay and I were engaged. He purchased his first home in that summer, and we still live here today.
When I was 21, I got married to my first and only love. We were SO YOUNG! But so sure.
When I was 22, I gave birth to the most precious baby boy in the world. Ethan Michael graced us with his presence at 35 weeks, weighing a whopping 5 pounds. He's now 60 pounds, and I just can't believe how fast time goes by!
When I was 23, I decided to change my career path. I stopped going to college to be a teacher, and went back to college to be a nurse. I have never once regretted that decision.
When I was 24, I received my acceptance letter into the nursing program. I remember calling everyone I could think of, reading them the letter.
When I was 25, I was in the depths of the nursing program, stressed beyond all belief, but also very proud that I followed my heart.
When I was 26 I graduated from nursing school and it was one of the most exciting days of my life. I also accepted my first "real job" at Henry Ford Hospital on the 6th floor.
When I was 27 I gave birth to my princess, Allison Jaye. She has been the most amazing blessing and I still can't believe I have a daughter.
When I was 28 my sister collapsed of sudden cardiac arrest and I learned the true meaning of tragedy and sadness. I also realized how precious life is and tomorrow is not promised.
When I was 29 I left my position as a floor nurse and accepted a position in a gynecologic oncology clinic. I realized the true strength of women who battle female cancers.
Tomorrow I turn 30. I spent most of my 20's creating my life. I have never felt such a sense of gratitude, appreciation, and peace. Bring it, 30's!