About this time last year…

I’m about to be another year older, which calls for a little reminiscing.

About this time last year,
Things were actually quite similar to how they are today. Lane was smaller.

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Two years ago,
My three-week-old baby girl captivated me.

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Three years ago,
We had moved into the apartment we live in now. The living room was completely empty with no furniture for four months while Doug searched for his perfect couch.


Four years ago,
We traveled more. Doug and I went to Chicago for a long weekend. I worked for Saks Fifth Avenue at the time, and I started wearing scarves and big sunglasses. I learned about dress jeans and witnessed the rise and fall of the poncho.

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Five years ago,
Doug and I were engaged. He was in a terrible car accident. I thought about how sad it would be if he had died, and I replayed it in my mind as if I were watching my own made-for-tv movie.  I sold my home and quit my job so I could move to the city where he lived.


Ten years ago,
My rent for my college apartment was less than $200 a month, and it had gorgeous windows and hardwood floors. There was no central heat or air conditioning, but I was really content.  I wondered if I would ever get married.


Fifteen years ago,
I got my first job as a cashier at a buffet restaurant. The uniform required me to wear a handkerchief on my head, pantyhose with socks, white tennis shoes, a polyester shirt with puffy sleeves, and a smock that was a one-size-fits-all.  I lasted about 6 weeks.


Twenty years ago,
The Berlin wall still divided East and West Germany. I watched the Cosby Show on Thursday nights, and had a denim jacket just like everybody else.


Twenty-five years ago,
I spent 90 minutes watching the Smurfs every Saturday morning. My family went on vacation to the beach. I wish we lived close enough to go to the beach every summer like we used to.

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The circumstances change, but this one thing remains the same:  “For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.” (Psalm 117:2)

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  1. happy, happy birthday to you. what a wonderful look back at your life so far!

  2. I think you and I grew up together! I did so many of those same things. I was a Smurfs addict, and in college, I had a beautiful old apartment with no central heat or AC.

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your sweet family.

  3. Happy birthday, sweet daughter. Your reminiscing starts me remembering all the way back to your actual “birth” day and before. You bring so much joy to my life. Your dad and I love you so much and we’re so proud of you.

  4. oh yes, the Smurfs. I’m so glad that my kids are not growing up watching the Smurfs. What did I ever see in that show? Happy Birthday to you!

  5. This was a great post! And oh, the rise and fall of the poncho. I still have a couple in the closet hoping for a comeback.


  6. Hello. New reader here. Very nice post. Reflection is a wonderful thing.

  7. Awesome post! I’m trying to figure out how old you are :) Wonderful reflection. (new reader here)

  8. Sweet post. You have a lot of history in a few words. I should do a similar exercise. Happy birthday!

  9. Haha! Sounds alot like my childhood !! I loved the cosby show (and stiil watch it with my dc on nick at nite if they are still up :) I used to sit down with my bowl of cereal in the am before school and watch the smurfs ..hehe…

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!

  10. Happy Birthday Rachel, have a great day with your lovely family :)

  11. I love this post – it is so nice to be able to look back and reflect on a life well lived.

  12. Happy Birthday- what an excellent way to reflect!!

  13. smallnotebook says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone! I had a date night out with Doug, and babysitting from my mom, so it was a great day.

  14. Lovely post! I love how your memories are so focused on all the great stuff. Belated happy birthday to you! I Stumbled this, BTW.

  15. thanks PreSchool Mama! Love all the creative ideas at your blog.