Letter To Myself

Life goes by quickly…

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and give yourself some much needed advice?  I think some country singer wrote a song about this.  Like for me, I would have told five year old Erin:

Try not to get so bummed out on your birthday every year.  You’re gonna end up looking like a stinker in all mom’s photo albums.

Or twelve year old Erin:

Don’t waste your first kiss on some boy at the movies.  Godzilla in the background is not the romantic first kiss scenario you always imagined.

And sixteen year old Erin:

High school is over rated.  Don’t worry so much about what people think of you.  No seriously, don’t worry about it.

Well, those days are long gone now, but I figured maybe I should be proactive this time around and give myself some much needed advice right now before I miss my chance.  Of course pregnancy has it’s challenges and becoming new parents can be intimidating,  but it’s like the song says: “You’re gonna miss this.  You’re gonna want this back.  You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. Cuz these are some good times.  So take a good look around, you may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this.”

So here goes.

Dear 25 year old, newly married, about to have a baby Erin,

Wow, you are in such an incredible time in your life!  God has blessed you so much and everything is working out perfectly despite any doubts you may have.  You have the hardest working husband in the world and you should remember to tell him how great he is all the time.

The most important thing you can learn to do right now is to just relax, accept how things are changing and enjoy what you have.  Trust me, you’re gonna wish you had embraced this time in your life more because it’s really not so bad after all, is it?

Here are some important reminders for you as you go through the next few years of your life:

  • Practice what you preach: eat more veggies
  • Don’t bug Jon about leaving dirty socks on the floor.  After all, they’re just socks
  • Grace, grace, grace – show it to yourself and others
  • Don’t disqualify yourself just because you’re entering a new phase of life.  People with babies can still impact college students and make a difference in the world
  • Call your mom more often to ask for advice
  • Don’t stress about money in the early years because eventually your husband will start the most successful catering business in the county
  • Let God love you and let Him do the work.  Just be willing.
And lastly, once you have the baby, take WAY more pictures than you think are necessary.  You’ll be glad you did.
Future Erin

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