Saturday, February 21, 2009

31 things i've accomplished...

In no particular order, I have...

...graduated from college with honors.
...received my Masters in Education.
...taught upper elementary school-aged children for 6 years.
...met my "future husband", got engaged, and then married all in exactly a year.
...birthed two healthy children (C-sections).
...played in the Oregon state basketball tournament my senior year in high school.
...celebrated 5 years of marriage with a trip to Southern California this past December.
...taken a missions trip to New Mexico to an Indian Reservation while in high school.
...found life long friends in college.
...started HB Creative Design.
...gone to Hawaii for my honeymoon and even went snorkeling!
...traveled to Washington DC and other surrounding east coast states in middle school (visiting the Statue of Liberty while I was there).
...participated in various dramas, at church and in community.
...sung in many different performances...at school, church, a variety of social functions.
...coached 5th grade basketball and was an assistant coach for junior high.
...worked at Camp Tilikum for three summers as a staff camp counselor (best summers of my life!)
...kept my first job for 5 years working at a hardware store as an office assistant, cashier, accounts payable...you name it, I was there long enough to do it!
...beach fished in Kodiak, Alaska with my brother, mom, and dad.
...gone white water rafting (and even survived (more so emotionally) from being thrown out).
...lived in potato country in Eastern Washington (with my aunt and uncle) for a year for my first teaching job.
...survived the aches, pains, and symptoms of both a boy and girl pregnancy.
...planned my wedding in 4 months.
...used my creativity in many different avenues.
...started blogging, and got hooked right away.
...helped make my house a home through my love for decorating.
...developed inspiring friendships throughout the years.
...joined MOPS, then joined the leadership team for MOPS.
...continued my walk with God.
...become a mother to my two beautiful blue-eyed blessings in less than 2 years.
...been blessed with being a part of an amazing family legacy.
...found the passion to be a better mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister.

Anyone care to guess why I chose 31?

I have to admit it was a little difficult coming up with this list. I realized that although I know I have accomplished a lot in my life so far, it still feels like I have so many more dreams of accomplishing things in the future (maybe for another post?). However, instead of me wishing I would have been more adventurous or had more tenacity for other things, I need to remember to instead look ahead, make each day count, celebrate the joys, grow from the struggles, and hold on to the memories of what I have already been through.

17 comments:

Amber said...

That's so awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Wonderful World of Wirfs said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

Could it be a Happy 31st Birthday wish is in order Heidi? Enjoy! We do have quite a bit in common on this fun list. I was interested in the 2 mission trips you did in High School. I too went on a trip to Mexico and an Indian Reserve (both to teach bible school). Did you follow my blog yet when I did my 31 things on my 31st b'day?

Smith Family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAY HEIDI!! Love you girl! Hope you have an extra special day. You deserve it.

Shelley a.k.a. Momma said...

I, too, taught before my kids. I went to Hawaii on honeymoon and fished in Alaska. There are several other things we have in common...including the fact that I will be 31 soon!! I'm guessing from the comments that you are 31 or will be soon?

Heidi @ GGIP said...

Happy Birthday! I'm sure it would be hard for me to make a list too. But you have sure done some fun things!

sandy said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing. You have accomplished some wonderful things:0)

Kim Caldwell said...

Happy Birthday...I hope you are spending it doing exactly what you want. Thanks for last night, it was fun! :)

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday!
I enjoyed reading your list and learing new things about you!

Megret said...

I'm going to guess 31st birthday, too -- I turn 31 a week from today!! I have been more reflective as this birthday approaches, for some reason, than I was when I was approaching 30.

Happy B-day!

Lynz said...

Happy Birthday! That is an amazing list! Very inspiring. I think no matter how much one does, the desire to do more is always around. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Rhonda said...

I'm sure there is probably a "Happy Birthday" due! So, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Heidi! Happy Birthday to you!!!! The dogs are now howling...hee hee

Enjoy! Oh, and eat a piece of cake for me too!

Kelli said...

Today is your 31st birthday? I promised I guessed before I looked at the other guesses. If I'm right, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

vicki said...

What a great list! I am very proud of your accomplishments. Happy Birthday!
Love,
Mom

Rhonda said...

Thanks for sharing in our miracles with our son! You are too kind. I just love that you were once a former teacher now SAHM like me. Do you ever plan on going back? Just curious!

heidi said...

Happy 31st, Heidi!!!

Anonymous said...

Fun to read Heidi. You have accomplished a lot and are a very special friend! I love you! -Tash

 
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