. . . In the past 22 years of my life. Two days ago, I turned 22. For some reason, that little fact is exceedingly weird to me. I don't know why. I just don't feel 22. 22 is supposed to be a mature age, right? Not so. At least in my case. Maybe when I am 30? Maybe. I'll let you know in 8 years. Anyhow, although I don't feel oh so mature, like I thought I might when I turned 22, I do feel that I have learned a few valuable lessons in my life. Some of them very recently.
1. Life is fun. There are twists and turns and craziness and days where I want to pull my hair out, but it's exciting. You just gotta roll with the punches.
2. Life is also just life. Things happen. Circumstances come about and it can be hard, but you live and you learn and you rely on the Lord. You REALLY rely on the Lord. And He helps you. Every time. Thank goodness.
3. Baking/cooking may be my calling in life. Just ask Dallin. I LOVE to be in the kitchen creating, discovering, trying out new recipes. I get so much satisfaction out of hearing a compliment on my cooking/baking. Makes my day!!
4. Having said that, I am such a meat and potatoes kinda girl. I was born to eat meat. I believe it is safe to say that I will never be a vegetarian. Ever.
5. I love my rose colored glasses. Things may not be ideal in the world, but I will always look at it with my rose colored glasses. I am my Father's daughter. I am an optimist.
6. I'll always be a kid at heart. I love the excitement of Christmas and Santa Claus, I love Halloween and costumes and dress up and Disney Movies. I love make believe and the endless possibilities that a child's perspective holds.
7. I was born to be a mother. I have a mothering instinct for just about anyone I meet. Which probably explains why I love to cook so much. I relate cooking to mothering and showing love to those I care most about. I love children. I cannot wait for little ones to be running around our home.
8. I am the most independent dependent person you will ever meet. Oxy-moron? Yes. I can be stubbornly independent and do things on my own, but when it comes right down to it, at the end of the day, I love that I have my husband to protect and love me. He will always be the one who I am completely and hopelessly dependent on. And I am 100% ok with that. :)
9. I am totally and completely in love with my husband. He is amazing. He spoils me and loves me and would do anything for me. And I feel the same way about him. I will spoil him and love him and do anything and EVERYTHING for him and be 100% happy about it. He's my help meet, my azer cnegdo(Hebrew, I'll explain it later), my corresponding opposite. And I love him.
10. Family is all that really matters in life. That little tid bit didn't hit me fully until I went through the temple for the first time. I walked into the celestial room, and every single member of my immediate family was there, radiant and beautiful. I was overwhelmed by the sight and by the feelings that coursed through my body. I had never felt so loved and so whole in my entire life. And then I turned and looked at my husband-to-be and REALLY felt loved and whole. After that moment, I knew that family (and those amazing friends who pretty much are family) was all that mattered in life. Loving and serving and doing all that we can to return to live with them in the here-after. That's what it's all about.
So, that's what I've learned, in a nutshell. There's more, obviously, but those are the things that really stick out to me. I am so grateful for all that I have been given. For my amazing family, for Dallin's amazing family, for Dallin, for the Church. I am so blessed. And so, so lucky.
Here are a few pictures of the cake and me with the cake and me with my husband and the cake. Please, enjoy. :)
The side view
Top view (yes, it was devilishly delicious.) Ooohh, say that five times fast!
The Birthday girl with her birthday cake
Showin off the birthday cake!
Aawww, ain't we cute?? :)
P.S. for those of you who want this recipe, hop on over to this lovely lady's blog! It's delicious. And super healthy. . . hah! SIKE! :)