The top 10 things that changed during the last decade… A lot can happen in 10 years. As this new year rolled in and we started a new decade I started looking back over all the things that have changed during the last decade.
As we started the last decade in 2010, I had recently become a grandmother for the first time! My youngest daughter had delivered my first grandson just 3 months earlier.
My oldest daughter was still a newlywed and my son had settled down with the love of his life.
So we started the last decade on a very happy upbeat note! As I was looking through pictures and thinking of events to put together this post I was a bit shocked at just how much has happened in the last 10 years!
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10 Things That Changed During the Last Decade
First, just let me say that a lot more than 10 things have changed during the last decade!
Overall I’d say my life has improved, but there were many bumps in the road along the way too! Let’s see if I can limit this post to the 10 major changes in my life this last decade.
1. Health- I had major changes in my health
During the past 10 years, my health has really declined. December of 2012 I suffered from my second massive heart attack. (The first one was in 2007). In December of 2013, I suffered a major stroke and required surgery to clear my carotid artery. And again in December of 2015, I suffered my third massive attack. Doctors continue to tell me how lucky I am, but I say only by the grace of God am I still on this earth.
2. Major weight loss
Surviving two heart attacks and a stroke all so close together was the catalyst that made me realize I had to get serious about losing weight. I started my weight loss journey by joining Plexus, The Pink Drink!
They have great products that I continue to stand behind! These products helped me to lose my first 68 pounds and get my diabetes back under control. I’ve talked about my struggles with being overweight in another post. You can read it here.
I started the last decade at 237 pounds and ended it at 139 pounds. This is the smallest I’ve ever been during my entire adult life.
3. Road Trip
Also, because of Plexus, I went to several of their yearly conventions. They were so much fun.
However, the best one was June of 2016 when the convention was held in Las Vegas, NV. I had never been to Vegas, neither had my daughter. I have a true phobia of flying. My daughter was also still breastfeeding her youngest son. So my daughter and I with her two boys set out on a road trip from Texas to Vegas!
I LOVE road trips! My daughter not so much! lol But we had a blast! That will be a favorite memory of mine for the rest of my life! And yes there are plenty of things in Vegas that children can enjoy. My oldest grandson’s favorite was the M&M factory!
4. My Granddaughter
As I stated at the beginning of the post, I had just become a granny for the first time at the end of 2009. And my oldest daughter had just gotten married.
In 2011 my oldest daughter and her husband blessed me with my first and as of now, only granddaughter. She is a true mini-me of my daughter. She adds sparkles to my life! My little Miss Sunshine!
5. My Little Caboose
I say my little caboose because as of now he is my youngest grandchild. In 2015 my youngest daughter had her second child, another son. I call him Boogie because he loves to dance. He has danced since he learned to stand up.
Sam was my first, he will always hold a special place in my heart. He is my little buddy, my shadow. Miss Sunshine is my only granddaughter and has her own special place in my heart.
Boogie, he is my baby, but my cherry on top! He tops it all off and adds the extra special flavor to it all. He is more than special in his own way. He tugs at my heart in his unique style. While the other two call me Granny, Boogie gave me his own special name. He calls me his “All”.
6. A very special moment
I grew up in a small country Texas town. I was raised in a Christian home and we went to the Baptist church every Sunday and Wednesday. I was taught to love and honor God. I was raised with all the beliefs of good ole southern Baptists.
I was baptized at the age of 13. I always felt that I was a born-again Christian. I believed in God, and I thought I had accepted Christ as my savior.
As an adult, I didn’t go to church regularly. I learned to love the “night-life”. I partied hard, but I still prayed and read my Bible. Yep, I was the epitome of a hypocrite.
Then in 2011, I discovered The Cowboy Church. Which is a non-denominational church. They teach straight from the Bible, not really about any specific religion. Just the teachings of Jesus Christ. The preacher there shoots straight from the hip. He talks in a way that puts everything in a way that I get it. It’s like a version of “The Bible for Dummies” if there were such a thing. You can watch his sermons here.
Here at the Cowboy Church God was able to get my attention. God spoke to me through this country preacher. I realized that way back at age 13 I had simply gone through the motions but had not truly accepted Christ into my heart. So in 2012, I was baptized for real!
Early on in this past decade, I lost my beloved pug, Woody. This was very difficult for me. Woody loved Sam as much as Sam loved Woody. They were inseparable.
Two years after losing Woody, we rescued an older pug that Sam named Buster. He was approximately 10 years old at the time that we adopted him. Fortunately, he is still with us 7 years later. 17 years old is getting very old for a pug. The boys love Buster!
I also now have a one-year-old pug named Daisy that loves to run and play with the boys. And this past Christmas I received a half Australian shepherd and half red heeler puppy. I am crazy about my furbabies!
8. An Ole Cowboy- My Hero
To most people, he was just an ole cowboy. He was my uncle but so much more. In my eyes he was bigger than life, he was my hero.
He was Stoney Burke. A great rodeo man, a roper and pick-up man. One of the greatest horse trainers East Texas ever knew. He was tough, rowdy and at times he was known to be downright mean and ornery.
But the man I knew was gentle, kind, compassionate and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He rode, roped, and trained horses every day of his life.
At 80-years-old he was still breaking horses and riding every day. I saw a change in him over the last 10 years of his life. He too had always been a God-loving man. But The Cowboy Church changed him too. He was the one that encouraged me to find and attend a Cowboy Church.
When my Uncle Stoney passed away just after his 81st birthday from stomach cancer it was devastating for me. I continue to miss this ole cowboy every day. I think back to all his words of wisdom often.
9. Good-bye to an old Friend
I made some new friends during the last decade, and fortunately, I kept all my old friends for another decade. That is, I kept all but one of my old friends.
Growing up in such a small town I still have a very close-knit circle of all my school friends that I grew up with. Friendships that have spanned 50+ years. I’m talking about very close personal friendships. We have been through ALL major life events together. You can read more about that in some of my previous posts, mainly my Ya-Ya Sisterhood post.
However, this last decade I had to say a final farewell to a childhood friend that wasn’t female, so he wasn’t actually in the “sisterhood” so to speak. But he was just as close of a friend as all the other childhood friends. You can read more about my relationship with him here.
Losing him suddenly and unexpectedly was more than just devastating. I honestly cannot find the words to explain just how profoundly this affected me.
10. Ending with a happy event
Life always has it’s ups and downs. Such was the way with the last decade for me and my family. We had losses but we also had new additions, blessings, and improvements to our lives.
A little more than half-way through the last decade my youngest daughter became a widow with two small boys. This again was a difficult time in our lives. She and the boys were then living with me in a rather small house.
However, we were making the best of life and life moved on. By the end of the last decade, in 2019 she remarried. So we ended the decade happily with a new chapter beginning in their lives, and me learning to live alone in a very quiet house!
Jordan and Cody both love Texas, and as the true Texans we all are, we had a lot of fun planning a Texas-themed wedding! They were married in the small-town Cowboy Church with its dirt floor and wooden, barn-style decor.
We have all found a way to keep the functional in dysfunctional. I’m divorced from Jordan’s dad, as well as Cody’s parents being divorced. Yet fortunately, all exes and second spouses get along great. We had a huge gathering of blended families and many friends to celebrate.
The end of a decade
That brings us to the end of the things that changed in the last decade. Of course, there were many other small things that happened over the past 10 years.
However, these were the top 10 things that changed and had a memorable impact on my life.
Things that changed for you during the last decade
How about you? What things changed for you during the last decade? We all have the ups and downs of life. But over the years there are always the more memorable moments that make a more lasting impact on us.
At the start, or ending of a decade it is sometimes amazing to think back and realize just how many memorable moments you experienced in just 10 years.
Now it’s your turn!
Leave a comment and tell me what things changed for you during the last decade!