I have been at home a week now, and I am slowly catching up on missed sleep! Last Sunday, I rejoiced in discovering that I made all A's this semester. I squealed when I viewed my final grades coupled with making the President's List. That was how much effort I placed into this stressful semester. It was the exact results I needed and aimed for, and it was an excellent present for my birthday on Wednesday.
I turned twenty. It is, quite honestly, difficult to believe I am truly twenty years old. No longer am I in the "-teen" department of aging, and that is both nerve-wracking and exciting. I do notice that the older I become the less I regard my physical age. It has become just a number, and most days I laugh about my inability to remember my precise age. Additionally, my birthday wishes are becoming clearer and more humbling. It has become about formal wishes of good health, good thoughts, and good company. And, truthfully, I am grateful that I have arrived at this point. Perhaps the greatest gift I received this year, and in the years prior, is that my Creator has granted me another opportunity to do for others and personally grow. Accordingly, I look forward to my twentieth-year of opportunity.
As far as my plans for the winter break, I have done the opposite of what I said I was going to do. While I did start reading, it has been difficult to get into The Da Vinci Code, but it is so good now that I've gotten beyond the slower parts. Maybe a book a week is reasonable... I have done a little Christmas shopping both online and in-store and my Christmas stockpile is getting larger!! This weekend we are going to do a little shopping in my hometown, and on Sunday, we are celebrating Christmas in Swainsboro.