Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thirteen Life Experiences I'll Never Forget

1.) Waking up in San Antonio, Texas to thirteen inches of freshly fallen snow. And playing and playing and playing in it! We had heard the night before that there was a chance for snow. I was afraid to peek out my curtains when I woke up for fear of disappointment. I was definitely not disappointed! When we'd come in to warm up, our parents didn't let us stay in for too long because they knew that the snow wouldn't last long. It was an awesome couple of days of snow play!

2.) Realizing in fifth grade that I loved acting. I remember auditioning in front of my class and feeling like I had come alive!

3.) My first year living in New York City.

4.) Going to Moscow when I was sixteen.

5.) Meeting Jesus at summer camp.

6.) Having lunch with my Mom, Dad, and sister last year--the first time the four of us were together as a family in thirteen years. It was the most wonderful gift my (divorced) parents could have given me.

7.) Going hunting with my Dad when I was a little girl and listening to "I'm Just a Coca-Cola Cowboy" on the radio together.

8.) Feeling awkward in my college sorority.

9.) Vivid dreams when I was a child that I could fly, and not quite understanding why I couldn't when I woke up.

10.) Special time spent with my mom and John when they came to visit me in Spain. We knew that John was sick with cancer, so it made our time together so full of meaning. I remember crying in his lap and telling him, "I don't want you to die." He was so strong and at peace.

11.) My sister's and my Christmas ritual: sleep in same room, tell each other as we're drifting to sleep that we're pretty sure we heard reindeer on the roof, wake up and check out loot, open stockings together on mom's bed, cinnamon rolls with orange frosting and mimosas, open presents in front of the fire to Perry Como tunes. 'Tis the season!

12.) Being a part of the "triumphant trio". My mom, my sister and me. We have been through so much together. They are my family, my dearest friends and my confidants. I am so blessed to be so close with them. We are a part of each other, and I love that!

13.) Falling in love with eSuitor. Who knew that the simple click of a mouse would be the beginning of such a wonderful relationship?! Of course, it didn't hurt that he had this picture on his profile. When I saw those pecs, I just couldn't resist. Good move, baby! Grrrrr.


Ally Bean said...

What a lovely list of gratitude. Very nice.

Don Boscoe said...

Hooray for the thursday thirteen. I look forward to that all week sometimes.

Thanks for your blog, it's been wonderful reading it.

ML said...

Great 13!! You have some wonderful stuff listed there.

beenzzz said...

Nice picture of E-suitor!!! So happy for you that you've found him! :)
You went to Moscow? How exciting that must have been for you.

Autumn's Mom said...

You are too cool Tracy :) Like that pic of eSuitor. I'd have clicked on his profile too. hahaha


Anonymous said...

Beautiful list! I wish that I had a sister.

Cherry said...

As I read your list I could really feel the thankfulness flowing, and as I scrolled down and eSuiter came into my view I kinda lost track of number 11 & 12 and had to go back up to read them. Tee hee!

J said...

We have cinnamon rolls Christmas morning, too...but I always seem to burn them a little (OLD oven). I'm kind of wondering if the family would go for pumpkin waffles instead?

Loved your list. :)

Buttercup said...

Those are wonderful memories. Not so sure about the meeting Jesus one. What did he look like? :)

My favorite is the ritual you and your sister have and the buns and mimosas. Sounds like a perfect x-mas morning to me.

Anne said...

Hi frenny! It´s been a busy week, and I didn´t have time to check into you blog until now. It´s so nice to get to read it and see what you´re thinking about during the week! Addie loves you so. Nice picture of eSuitor. Rrrrrrr! Lovies.