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Monday, January 4, 2010

All in a Year's Time

Sometimes it takes the beginning of the year for people to do some serious soul searching and re-evaluate their lives. It is no different for me. I have been pondering 2009 over the last few weeks, and I can gladly say that I've been doing it with a smile.

How could I not when the biggest event for me was bringing my perfect little Annie Kate into this world? My tears are starting. It's because she is so precious AND life altering. Babies are no easy thing and I have been so grateful for friends to share the journey with, a sister to call about coughs and sleep habits, and my lovely mother, whom I adore, that I have had to do nothing but blubber to and she is dropping everything she is supposed to do so that she can come rescue her own sweet girl. (I know I'm taking liberties here saying that she thinks I'm sweet so I hope I'm being accurate). Even though Annie is hard, she is so so so good.

And there are the little moments- which happen to be my favorite kind. They are filled with kisses, funny scouts, meeting amazing new best friends, embracing my love for cooking, spontaneity, hugs from my Daddy, laughs with Sam, watching art, creating art, seeing Dallas really smile, taking risks, missing out, potty charts and bedtime stories, hide-and-seek, chocolate chip cookies, late nights and playgroups, and everything else that helps break up the monotony and sometimes the loneliness that comes with being a stay at home Mom.

And just like every year, there are the tough things. Some of these things aren't solved in a year's time, or even several year's time at that. I'm hoping when I look back at them that I will be proud also. There has been major losses in our family, one that will heal and one that just seems to fester. I have learned even more how another person's choices can affect so many others- for the good or the bad. But with all these hard things we have learned that it's best to let go.

Overall 2009 has been a year of growth, and that is what life is all about. So, whether the events of 2010 bring sadness, trial, or joy, I will welcome them as I try to make the best with what I have.

11 comments:

Snick said...

This is why we all love you, Amylee. You take whatever life throws at you and make it beautiful.

WilliamandMegan said...

Very well said Amy!

marciea casselman said...

Good for you. I have to agree with babies being hard but wonderful, letting hurt and pain go and looking forward.

Rachelle Van Wagoner said...

Loved this post! Way to look at the positive in all things!!!

Erin said...

You are wonderful! I think you can count on sadness, trial and joy this year. Every year has ups and downs. Usually the ups are far better than the downs.

Kennedy said...

Wonderful post! I feel the same way.

And as for the cup thing...It never bothered me, it was just weird not having one there after I washed everything! :o) We are doing well. Things are much easier now than they were a few days ago. I am already looking forward to seeing him in February for graduation though!

Happy 2010!

Phyllis said...

What a beautiful spirit you have brought into this family. You strengthen not only your immediate family but those around you. How we love you.
It is hard when someone's bad choices cause such turmoil in others lives and they don't seem to see it or care, thinking only with selfish attitudes. My only hope is that those affected can stay strong and hold to the right. Yes, it's best to let go, but hard when those choices are hurting those you love. Don't you just want to shake people sometimes and say, "Don't you see!!!" Love you guys, thanks for being there.

Nate, Cami and Crew said...

Happy New Year!!!!! Last year was a wonderful year welcoming two new members to our family. This year will start out great with the birth of Kenny. Miss you.

The Harveys said...

Lovely. I would right more but I have already spent too much time reading...

The Harveys said...

Obviously- I meant write not right.

k.k. chamberlain said...

I love your reflective post. You sound just like Dr. Laura in her new book, In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms. If you can handle Dr. Laura, you should read it. She's vunderbar.