On the 11th of October, I turned 24. It's a good solid number. I've acquired enough years that most people take me seriously (although I still have to be careful when I go out with Charissa and not Britt that they don't think I'm a single mother) but I'm young enough that my joints don't hurt. I had a really good birthday this year. Britt and I got to celebrate together on Thursday by going to P.F. Chang's and then on Saturday I had a BIG birthday party. Many of our friends were able to come as well as lots of our family. I think one of the highlights of the party was when one of our friend's two-year-old son sang me "Happy Birthday." True, it was a little mumbled, but it was sweet. It made me think about how Charissa will be doing that before I know it.
Speaking of the little ball 'o' fun - that girl is learning all sorts of new tricks. In the last two weeks she's learned to pull herself up, she's acquired 6 teeth turning her into a mini-Jaws, wave, point her finger at someone while "talking" to them, and recite the Westminster Catechism. Ok, that last one isn't true, but I'm still pretty impressed with her. She's so much fun! Really, if you've been holding off on having kids you should go for it. They are great!
I would write more, but I just finished reading the book Shopping for Time by the Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters and they recommend rising early in the morning, so tomorrow is going to be an early day for me. I completely recommend this book - I read it in less than 24 hours. It's simple, practical, easy to read, and talks about a lot of ways to better use our time. If you want to borrow it, let me know!