When folks come into the Villa for a tour, I make it a point to mention that three years ago, we planted the gardens on the West side of the property. I also explain that the third year for plants is the big growth year. The first year, they're settling into the ground, the second year, they grow their roots and the third year, they become plush and full of life.
Doing some New Years Eve reflecting while sitting in my office at work consoling my aching soles from the wedding that was going on, I realized that I was kinda similar to the plants I point out every day. At the end of 2008, I had just ended my first long-term relationship and as a single person and Christian, I was settling into my surroundings. In 2009, I grew immensely as a Christian and now in 2010, I get to grow.
I have a lot to be thankful for and I'm excited to see what 2010 has in store! (On a side note, someone pointed out how old they'd be at the next decade's end-- I'll be 33! HOLY CRAP!)