Friday, November 20, 2009

How far we've come


This year I am hosting Thanksgiving, I LOVE to host events and I don't get to do that very often so this is exciting for me. We are expecting about 40 people and then we will be having Natalee's first birthday party on Saturday where we are expecting about 60 people. I've been so busy mentally preparing for these events that I never really sat back and realized what it all means. It means an entire year has passed since our lives changed forever, and what a year it has been.
Last Thanksgiving I was just days away from delivery, I didn't know if we were having a little girl or a little boy, though we were sure it would be a boy. I was pretty uncomfortable last Thanksgiving because I was having a lot of contractions and just didn't feel well… but we hosted the holiday and had a great time. On that Saturday we had a Civil War party and everyone came over to watch the game. Sunday morning we went to the hospital to have my labor induced, 22 hours later we were a family of 3. The three of us were ready to take on the world together.
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This last year has been the best year of my life, and it has been the worst. We were so blessed to have a beautiful healthy baby. Then we both lost our jobs and worried about how we would take care of her. I was able to spend 6 months with her full time and I wouldn't trade that time in for anything but it was so hard. It was hard to get up every morning and not have work waiting for me, it was hard to look and look for work only to find nothing. I knew that I didn't want to drive 150+ miles every day, but started to think I didn't have a choice. I worried about groceries and house payments and bills. We took everything one day at a time and tried to keep seeing the big picture: we had each other and we had our little girl… the rest was going to fall into place. I got to go on a once-in-a-lifetime antelope hunt and we tried to enjoy our time together. At the end of September I landed a job 2 miles from our house, found Natalee and amazing daycare provider and Sean went back to work. Things are falling into place and looking back over the past 12 months really puts things into perspective.
Someday when Natalee is grown and life is hard to her, I can tell her about this year. I can tell her all that we overcame and all we had to do was keep putting one foot in front of the other and believe that there is a plan out there.
Here are some cute pictures from last night, she wanted to play after her bath so I couldn't even get her pajama pants on, but she crashed pretty quickly while playing with her book.

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1 comment:

Carly said...

She is so cute! Thanks for the chunky leg pics. I love 'em!