2009 has been an interesting year in the Sutton house, and these are nine of my most memorable moments from the year.
9 Turning 30
I must admit, the thought of leaving my 20s behind was a little upsetting for me in the weeks leading up to my birthday. But, I know God still many great things in store for me, so I’m not so worried about that number anymore. Plus, I still look great for my age!
8 Birthday weekend in Charlotte
I’m a simple girl, and I’m pretty easy to please. So, one of the most memorable moments of the year was spending the weekend of my birthday in Charlotte and visiting the Billy Graham Library. I had so much fun, and I was really glad just to get out of Raleigh and take a break. I look forward to going back to the Queen City really soon.
7 Diva for a day
A month before my birthday, I had the pleasure of living out my dream of becoming a model. My good friend and photographer Rick Crank brought out my inner Naomi Campbell during a diva photo shoot. I have never worn so much makeup in my life, but I think my pictures came out great. I don’t know if I missed my calling, but Rick sure makes taking pictures fun.
6 Reunited, and it feels so good
Reliving my college days and reuniting with my friends at Peace College’s Alumnae Weekend was one of the highlights of my summer. I had so much fun laughing with my girls and hanging out on campus and at Crabtree Valley Mall. It was just like old times. I hope we can do it again next year. Go Peace College!
5 “I’mma let you finish but…”
Who can forget Kanye West’s antics at the MTV awards, or Adam Lambert’s performance at the AMA’s, or the hot mess that was the BET awards? Award shows have provided some of the best water cooler talk all year. Yes, celebrities have given us quite a lot to talk about. I hope in 2010, we hear a lot less about Kanye West and Tiger Woods. That’s all I ask.
4 Meeting Mike Huckabee
I was so excited to meet former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh. It was a great night and just a fun experience to be there with all the other Huckabee fans/supporters that night.
3 Michael at midnight
I knew I had to be at the first showing when I found out there would be a movie featuring the footage of Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for his “This Is It” concerts at the O2 Theatre in London. Wayne and I were there with about 100 or so other Michael Jackson fans for the midnight debut of “This Is It” at North Hills in Raleigh. Being in a room full of Michael fans and feeling all the love everyone had for him there made the moment that much more special. I didn’t cry, but my eyes definitely watered a few times. I was so tired, but so happy when I left the movie theater that night.
2 The inauguration snow day
One of the most exciting things in my life, let alone 2009, was watching the first African-American president take the oath of office. Barack and Michelle Obama made us all proud in January when they officially became our new first family. To add to the excitement, up to six inches of snow fell around the Triangle area. Local news outlets reported that our area had the highest concentration of inauguration viewers in the nation.
1 Michael Jackson’s death
Without a doubt, the death of Michael Jackson will always be what I remember most about 2009. I’ve been a fan of his since I was just a little girl. I love music, and I will always remember all the wonderful music Michael made. I truly hope he knew Jesus as his savior and that he is in a better place now.
That’s it for my 2009 memories. I started the year with the motto, “the best is yet to come.” I still believe the best is yet to come for 2010. I’m excited for what God is doing in my life and how He continues to bless me and my family. I can’t wait to tell all of the wonderful things that will happen in this year to come.