2009 was the most defining and life-changing year that I've known in my 24 years. That's a pretty amazing feeling; being able to pinpoint a year on your life map that marks you as a different person. I can't express what it means to become a mother. 2009 will forever be the year that I became less about myself, more motivated to be a role model, less "free" but totally fulfilled. It's the year that my marriage grew stronger when it could have crumbled (having a baby will do that). It's the year that I grew in friendships that are priceless to me; and it's the year that God became real to me, because I saw him perform the miracle of life right before my eyes.
I was toward the end of my pregnancy and didn't have much to say. I was so ready to meet my baby!
Evy had a big visit from the Lancaster side of the family!
We spent Spring Break in Cape and Easter in Ripley, having a wonderful time with our precious families.
I celebrated my first Mother's Day and Evy was dedicated to the Lord.
Kurt and I both celebrated our birthdays (my 24th and his 29th), and our 2nd wedding anniversary. These were celebrated by going to Texas to see my extended family! The main goal of the trip was to get a 5 generation picture with my great-grandmother, Nan.
We spent time in Ripley and Kurt and I went with my family to see Wicked in Memphis!
I shared my purpose for blogging, and found a blog post that totally captured in words how I was feeling about motherhood at the time.
I explored parenting philosophies and Evy survived The Swine. I shared my love of lullabies. Also, Nana and Poppy visited! Evy experienced the pumpkin patch for the very first time.
I took Evy to one of the parks in Cape Girardeau for some fall photos. I indulged and went to the midnight showing of New Moon. We celebrated Thanksgiving as a family of three!
We have celebrated Christmas (recaps to come) and are currently finishing our Holiday Tour in Texas. And now, I'm sitting here minutes away from 2010. As I type this, it just seems like the year has flown.
There are many things that I could say about my first year as a parent; Evy's first year of life. And some of it would be nostalgic. But instead of sadness, I have really made a concerted effort this year to just enjoy it. I've had my moments of stress and being completely exhausted, but one thing I'm proud of is that I've tried to savor Evy's first year. Plus, so many things are happening to us in 2010: Evy's first birthday, watching my dad run the Boston marathon, MOVING, Kurt finishing residency, and finally putting down roots as a family in our new hometown.
As far as resolutions, I'm constantly working on my 101 in 1001, and I recently added some goals as far as organizing our photos. I also need to lose some weight.
But honestly, I'm not stressing over the resolutions. I have a healthy, happy baby and a wonderful husband. If it's one thing I've come to realize this year, it's that those things are the most important. I've been so blessed this year; beyond measure!
Cheers and blessings to you in 2010!