Yesterday I turned seventeen. It’s rather hard to believe that I am seventeen. I don’t feel quite as grown-up as I used to think I would when I was seventeen (or when I was sixteen, for that matter). I remember wanting to be “grown-up.” Now that I am seventeen, I’m realizing that it really isn’t all that grown-up. Growing up has impressed me with a feeling, though, of everything not being the same way forever. I am beginning to realize that the time I have here in my father’s house is probably limited, and even if it isn’t, I won’t have this time to speak into my siblings’ lives the way I do now. We will always be friends, but someday I may be living in a home of my own or they will be living in a home of their own, and it won’t always be like it is today. So to all you younger ladies out there who just can’t wait to grow up: don’t try to push growing up. I know this is hard, because there are times that I can’t wait to be more grown-up. But remember – what you have today won’t be the same tomorrow. Your little siblings grow up and things change. Use the time and opportunities that He has given you today wisely, and don’t yearn after tomorrow – don’t worry, it will come.
So yesterday was my birthday. Daddy was planning on taking the day off, but he was having a problem at work, and we were not sure whether he would be able to take the day off. Thankfully he only had to work until ten or so, and was able to have the rest of the day off. After lunch and opening gifts, we went to downtown St. Charles to walk around and go to antique stores. It was fun, even though we didn’t find anything. St. Charles has many cute little stores, and it is fun to go down there and look around. After that, we stopped and got some cookies at Grandma’s Cookies (a cute little bakery on Main Street) and got some drinks at Starbucks (you know it – MOCHA!). Mom made me chicken and potato bake for dinner – delicious and pretty simple. After dinner we watched a few episodes of Cake Boss, which is a show about an Italian family-owned bakery in New Jersey. It was a wonderful day!
In the window of an antique shop – old meets new
I like the railroad track. Unfortunately, that dumpster was in the way. It was a little big for me to move, so I had to have it in the picture. 🙂
In an antique store
A pretty quilt
See anything that doesn’t quite belong? Tell me!
This little mouse was sitting outside of Starbucks. Dad gave him a little piece of his cookie. We tried to warn them – if you give a mouse a cookie…
What was left of the cookies
On the way home