For the last couple of days I’ve been contemplating the fact that I’m 30 years old today. So much has happened in my life over 30 years. I have been blessed with so much, I’ve seen so many places and I’ve had so many amazing experiences and opportunities. Additionally, my 30 years have been filled with phenomenal PEOPLE as well. In celebration of my 30 years, I thought I’d share some of my most important moments. These are some of my favorite, most memorable moments. These are also some things that have defined me and made me who I am today. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for my next 30 years! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my life and has filled it with an abundance of ALL THINGS GOOD! MY 30 YEARS! Ran in a calf scramble, crashed in the dirt, got up, caught the calf and won! Worked summers at my grandparents ranch and watermelon stand. Was sprayed by mist while standing next to Niagara Falls. Played in the softball national championship when I was 10-years-old. Snorkled next to a shark in Key West, FL. Lived in El Tigre, Maturin and Caracas, Venezuela Hosted a group birthday party for children in an orphanage in Venezuela. Got a suntan on a beach in Curacao. Bunjee jumped in Dallas, TX. Banged on pots in protest of the Veneuzuelan presidential election of Hugo Chavez. Met President H.W. Bush TWICE and got a hug from him! Graduated from Texas A&M University. Danced the samba during Carnival in Brazil. Received my first pacemaker implant at 23-years-old and my second at 28-years-old. Prayed underneath the shadow of the Christ statue in Brazil. Met my stepmother and the days that I held each of my baby brothers for the first time. Got engaged on a beach in the light of the moon in Buzios, Brazil. Stood as a bridesmaid as my mom married her soul mate. Married my favorite dancing partner and south Texas country boy, Russell Johnson. Ziplined through the rainforest in St. Lucia. Bought our first house in San Antonio, TX! Rang in the New Year on the beach in Rio De Janiero, Brazil underneath fireworks. Became Vice President of a PR agency. Worked with producers and editors from The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and many others to secure client features. BECOME A MOTHER. Started my blog. Started my own company. Watched as my great grandmother took her last breath. Appeared in multiple commercials and morning shows. Hiked to my first double black diamond in Taos, NM and skied down without crashing! Helped plan my little sister’s engagement on a mountain in Red River, NM. Sipped a cocktail at the bottom of Aspen Mountain. (L to R: Ski picture in Red River, NM sometime in my teens; Me playing in a softball tournament probably when I was around 11; showing a steer in highschool) (My high school senior photos) (L to R: Me in college; my sister and I; my college senior picture) (L to R: Russ and I when we were dating in college; dancing at an A&M tailgate, at my grandparents 50th anniversary – I had just had surgery on my foot, me dressed up in my HS cheerleading costume for Halloween; after my first pacemaker implant; in Brazil when we got engaged) (L to R: My Dad and I at my rehearsal and wedding the day after) (Our wedding) (and my life takes on a new meaning) This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori 5 Responses Denise 09/02/2013 I love this! Nice job. I’ll turn 50 in a little over 2 years from now – maybe I will attempt something like this. Reply firstname.lastname@example.org 09/03/2013 You definitely should!! Hope it has been a great 50 years! Reply Adriana 09/02/2013 Happy Birthday. Welcome to the 30’s. Reply gmaj 09/02/2013 Happy birthday! Wonderful pictures; lots of good memories, and a lot more to come! Reply Sara Phillips 09/03/2013 Happy birthday, Tori! I LOVE all these little fun facts about you! And, Luke looks JUST like his daddy, I think! Sara Phillips recently posted…Rag Rug #DIY #Waverize Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Subscribe to The sTORIbook! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.