Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 15 years?
5 years - I will be the mother of a 9 year old - wow! and a 7 year old. I will hopefully also be the mother of a 3-4 year old and a new born. I hope we will be in a new, larger home, although it makes me sad to think of leaving our current home. I hope in five years I will finally have a real, baby grand piano, although I will likely not be teaching piano anymore. I also hope for Jared's sake as well as our whole family that he will have either a substantial raise, or a better job.
10 years - I will be the mother of a 14 year old and a 12 year old - I will have two more priesthood holders at home. If things go according to plan in the first five years I will also be a mother to a 8-9 year old and a 5 year old. I can't say for certain, but I think we will stop at four children. With four children I will probably be crazy busy with sports, music, school, youth activities, scouting, etc. things will be active - hopefully not too active! We should be well established in our home, I imagine it will be beautiful, we will hopefully be able to afford nice decorations, storage, and other necessities within the home. Jared will be established in his career. With all the children in school I will hopefully be able to return to school and work on getting my degree. I also hope that Jared and I will have been able to go on a few more exciting vacations, maybe even outside of the country. :)
15 years - I will be the mother of a 19 year old hopefully serving a mission - the mother of a missionary - wow! I will also have a 17 year old and maybe a 14 year old and 10 year old - that doesn't seem possible!?!? That sounds really busy, I will probably be one of those mothers living from her car as I run from one place to another with my children. Depending on the house we buy within the next five years we will either remain comfortably and make more exciting improvements, or need to move again, hmm? Jared will hopefully still be moving forward with work and enjoying it. With all the children in school and a new degree in hand I will probably start to work part time as a kindergarten teacher, preschool teacher, music specialist in the grade schools, or substitute teacher. I may or may not start teaching piano again, with children in school and only at home in the afternoons when students would need their lessons, it isn't ideal, so I don't think I will start yet, but who knows? Jared and I will have been married for 26 years - that's cool! I am sure Jared will have planned and taken us on many more vacations, can't wait to see where we go. :)
It is fun to look at women, who are at each stage of life that I look forward to, and imagine myself doing similar things. In many ways it doesn't seem possible that I will ever be that old or progressed in life, but I am certainly excited about what the future holds, there is so much potential, and lots of hope. I am sure there will be challenges as well, but that is okay, growth follows challenges, I don't look forward to the challenges, but I do look forward to the growth that will follow.
I love daydreaming about the future, so exciting. :)
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