Turning thirty

I am thirty today.
Thirty years old.
I have been a genius, and then a pretty smart person.
Broken 2 bones.
I’ve been to 4 countries, if you count Canada.
I’ve learned I was a sinner.
I have been in like, in crush, and in love.
I was engaged to be married in 4th grade for several hours, and then the real thing when I was 17.
I have vowed never to marry, and changed my mind within a matter of days, after meeting Richy.
I’ve learned love is bigger than me.
I’ve gotten married young, and never regretted it
I’ve made a lot of money, and given it up, for the better thing, couple of times, actually.
I’ve learned to love broken people.
I’ve been a youth pastor, a rock star and a mommy and wife. I still am.
I have felt the raw pleasure and thrill of finding out I was pregnant. Once.
I have felt the joy mixed with terror of finding out I was pregnant. 3 times.
I have given birth to 5 children.
I have been in the valley of the shadow of death.
I’ve learned to love deeply and not hold on too tight.
Have said goodbye to 2 children and a parent.
Grieved.
Grown.
I think I have laughed more than I have cried.
I’ve learned that the more I know, the less I know.

I’m thirty today, and I’m just getting started.

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18 thoughts on “Turning thirty

  1. jennifer says:

    That is a great attitude to have when you reach your 30. You are just getting started. God has great things still in store for you. Who knows we may still see President Jessica Clark. But president or not you are still a world changer!Happy Birthday!!!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday!-GOn my way to work in the woodlands. Obviously I am not geographically challenged.That was a great come back Supern8had me laughing.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESSICA!! 30 IS AN AWESOME AGE AND BELIEVE ME, EVERY YEAR JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER!WE LOVE YOU, HONEY!TAMMY

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  4. Tracie says:

    Happy 30th Jessica! We’ll celebrate with a coffee date when you get back. Cause I really want to get to know you!Blessings over your day!

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  5. Josharoo says:

    Happy Birthday! Welcome to the over 30 club! The first two months of my 30’s have been great.We are all just getting started! God has much more in store for us all, I’m sure!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    AMAZING SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES1. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.2. AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.3. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS -SIMPLY CUT YOUR SELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.4. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.5. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU’LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.

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  7. Lorri says:

    awwwww. Happy Birthday : ) !

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  8. Anonymous says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS! Soo if your 30 that makes me********never mind! Lets just say i’m old enough to have been ur second grade teacher!or your mother! scary thought huh?Well, go out n celebrate at papasitos! You may not get another chance while u still have all your own teeth!LOL just kiddin sweetie! (except the papasitos part they have awesome food!)

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  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUHAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA AND FITSWILLIAMHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOOOOOOOU!

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  10. Josharoo says:

    Thank you, Lord, for co-workers who frustrate me and test my patience…

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  11. misskerri says:

    Happy birthday my dear Jess!! Welcome to life after 30… or as I’ve heard it said “You’re not 30 something, you’re just $29.95 plus shipping and handling” (Anita Refroe)May the next year be even greater than the ones before!

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  12. Shannon2-24 says:

    happy 30th birthdayGod bless her 30’s with Your unique care. You are faithful.

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  13. The Jaspers says:

    Happy Birthday, Welcome to the over thirty club!!! Remember those big birthdays that you used to have I was thinking about those the other day, man were does the time go… Happy Birthday Love you !!

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  14. pal.you are OLD. 🙂

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Where is the grandmother rule book?I mean I think I am a sorry grandmother. I don’t think grandmothers are supposed to lead prayer meetings and scream into mics standing next to 6 and a half foot men. I don’t think they are supposed to work at a resale shop and make websites and ponder the future of the American plight. I mean I only have one and Bedste has one bazillion. I don’t think she has read the book either. These are the rules that should be in the book.1. You must wear a skirt, the longer the better.2. You have to be a great cook.3. You have to say things like, dear heart, sweetie and pat people on places that make them embarrassed.4.You must have short gray or white hair and wear glasses.5. You never yell, and you talk to little birds in cages and carry an umbrella for protection.These are just the ones I could think up. I fail, miserably. I don’t know who would pass this test, maybe Brenda Mapston, perhaps.-G

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Heck. I burn the cheese toastevery morning-G

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