Today I am 22

Today I am 22. Years old.

It isn't the year I graduate from college.
It isn't the year I serve a mission.
It isn't the year I move to a different state.
This is not the year I get married for the first time.
Nor is this the year I get drafted into the WNBA.

I have not traveled the world.
I have never left this country.
I haven't been on a cruise.
There was no graduate celebration road trip.
I do not have my own car.
Or house.
Or boat.

I am not rich.
Not even close.

In this 22nd year of my life, I am forced to realize that absolutely none of my childhood dreams have come true. Not. a. single. one.

My life isn't what it was supposed to be. But somehow it is better. Let's look at this again:

This is the year I received a four-year degree in motherhood.
This is the year I became my own personal mission.
This is the year I fell in love with my state.
And learned the true meaning of marriage (for future reference).
And was drafted as a photographer.

Books are now the world.
...and I have been to many countries.
Cruises are not important.
30 miles is a road trip.
I have a car when I need it.
My family is my house.
My faith is my boat.

I have money for the things I need.
I am close to my Heavenly Father.

Today I am 22. And I see that perspective is a funny thing.


  1. Happy Birthday! You are amazing and talented and I count myself very lucky to call you friend. Have a great day!

  2. Pene that was SO well said. I honestly LOVE this! You are amazing, love ya!

  3. I love this so so so much Pen! You are the cutest ever I love you to death!

  4. I love this blog! Great thoughts.

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  6. Happy birthday! So true, life is all about perspective, isn't it? I needed to be reminded of that.

    By the way, I'm seeing all your pictures of the family around various blogs and at my family's house and grandpa's house...and I'm so jealous we don't live closer! You are so talented!!


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