I’m important. That is what a personal blog says to me. As I start my first entry to my blog, I feel like I’m stating, “I’m important. You want to take time out of your busy life and read about my opinions.” Ha! So so untrue. But I humbly, appreciate you stopping by more then you know. Because I do believe everything happens for a reason and that nothing is a coincidence. And by that I mean, that quite possibly you are here to agree or disagree with me, or at least create new insight on what my blog postings will be about. What are they about? Let’s find out after we “meet”. 🙂
I was born Emily Anne Byrd in a little town of Jackson, Tennessee. I was the middle child amongst a tough, class clown, Marine brother that is now married with a daughter of his own and is a celebrity bodyguard in San Diego! (How cool!) And I was the big sister to my little sister that is so opposite of me yet we are best friends, at our 5 years apart in age. Her free spirit is calming to my structured, scheduled life.
At the young age of 7 I accepted Jesus into my life. I truly remember those sweet innocent moments, understanding how much Jesus loved me even then. I used to color pictures for Him so I could take them to Heaven with me one day. I loved to tell my little friends about Jesus and pull out my Bible to tell them about the cross and Heaven. Then I grew up and strayed like most teens do. But I came back. We all usually come back.
My teen years were a blast! Yet so hard. So hurtful. So…damaging. I was a cheerleader, on the dance team, class president, in student government, involved in my church youth group. I did it all. Life appeared “perfect”. But on the inside, through dating a popular football player, life was anything but perfect. I dated that guy you read a teeny tiny small paragraph about in your Wellness class textbook in high school. The abusive domestic violence section. But that story will be ready for another day. Another time.
However, coming out of that dark place in my life, I was renewed! Refreshed! (Thank you sweet Jesus) and ready to move on. So off I went to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City where I thought I’d never ever rest in Knoxville again.
I couldn’t wait to get my degree in Criminal Justice and be the homicide detective I always wanted to be. (Hmmm what happened to that plan?!) College was the best 4 years of my life! I cheered one year and I joined a sorority where I made some of my closest and best friends I’ll ever have! (ADPI!) It was my senior year when I met my husband Jason and knew in literally 5 minutes that he would be the man I’d marry one day! Sure enough, we were married the next fall, a year later, and I was back in Knoxville to start over in my new life.
I have been so blessed beyond measure with almost 8 years of marriage and now 2 healthy, vibrant, bright, and happy boys that are my life! Sweet, crazy, spunky Sullivan is “me”. He’s 3 1/2 years old and every bit of boy that he can be! He keeps me on my toes and always keeps me laughing. Little brother Harrison is almost 9 months old and the best baby a mom could ask for! (If you asked me that the first 6 months of his life, I would have laughed. Colic. Acid Reflux….if you have been through that with your child…BLESS you.) Mr. Harrison is “dad” and is laid back and calm as can be, going with the flow, and hardly ever seems bothered.
Now friends, we are up to date! There is my life in a nutshell. It is definitely not perfect or a fairy tale, but it’s pretty close to my kind of fairy tale. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve been extremely happy and rather comfortable.
Comfortable. “Being in a state of physical or mental comfort; contented and undisturbed”. Hmmm….undisturbed. Isn’t it funny how just when things get this way God takes us, spins us around in circles, and as we expect to walk out of that in a straight line and back to the way we were, we instead are dizzy and falling over like we just played a game of Dizzy Bat.
So here I am, dizzy, bewildered, and most definitely excited. What better feeling to know that God has chosen myself to put me on a little mission, right here in Knoxville, Tennessee?
Comfortable? No. Not so much at the moment. But I’d love for you to follow me, help inspire and encourage me as I’ve been placed on this new quest in my life.
New route to save lives.