I feel like growing up I always said that I wanted to be a young wife and mom. By 25, I wanted to be married and have a family. Although, I thought I would've come about it differently, no matter the path, I made it. Today I turn 25. 
25 years of knowledge.
I've learned more about myself in the last five years than I have my whole life. I've learned to be independent. I've learned that if I want something, I have to make a decision to get it. I've learned that those decisions don't just affect me but also the people around me. I've learned to be a mom, a wife, a mom of two, a student, a full time employee. I've learned that hard work will get you where you want to be in life.
I used to get so irritated at people who got everything handed to them. Looking back, I am so thankful for everything we have because we've worked so hard to get here. At 19, we got pregnant, started in a one bedroom apartment for $400 a month, and we all three slept in one bedroom. We got a couple of raises, moved to a 2 bedroom apartment, and after a few more promotions, we now own our home, have two reliable vehicles, our kids wear nice clothes and we're able to feed them hearty meals.
I feel so blessed to know where I was then and what I am now. I didn't think getting married would change our relationship much since we had "practically been married" for 5 years. It's crazy how much you argue with someone when you are bound by the law and know you can't "just leave". We are still working on communication as a couple, as parents, but do you ever really stop learning as a parent?
I've learned that people you thought would always be a part of your life, won't be, and that sucks.
I've learned that having 4 quarters, is more important than 100 pennies. I have about 4 or so quality friends that deserve my time, conversation and investment and I am so thankful for them.
I've learned that investing my time and commitment into my job is going to have a big payout in the end. I've had so many people tell me, "you don't need a degree, it's all about networking." I am working so hard to be a full time mom, wife and employee, to give my family the best life possible.
So, here's to 25.