Quote of the Day: 19

Day 731:  The end of one year, the beginning of the next.

Although it feels like many people are hating on this past year, I’m over here like “damn.  I love you, 2016.”

I’m not usually one to want to hold on to things, but 2016 is a year I will never forget.  And I will always cherish.  Because during this year I was blessed to watch my baby boy grow from a fragile newborn to a healthy, spunky, sweet little one year old.  Watching his curiosity take over, that mischievous grin, and giggles that literally melt my heart.  I look down at my little boy daily wondering why I was the lucky one chosen to be his mother.  Ugh, all the feels.

2016 was also a year of personal growth.  From leaving a career that was all I’d really known to become a stay at home wifey.  That was a change I was ready for [and more than willing since it meant I’d be with a certain little someone more], but unexpectedly it was challenging.  Internally.  I did a lot of soul searching this year.  Some good, some not so good.  Many supporters and cheerleaders.  And some who may have questioned our decision.  I spent the year trying to find my place in the world as I knew it, which meant severely changing my perspective on “worth.”  And leaning on family and friends when I needed it most.  There were a lot of ups and downs, but looking back I’d say it was majority up.  I became more comfortable in my skin and accepting of a body I sometimes didn’t recognize as my own.  I wholeheartedly found my role as a mother to be the best thing I’d ever taken on.  And I became a pretty darn good at home chef!  The baker in me is cringing…

Overall, I loved this year.  For my heart that crawls around the house every day.  For a husband, baby-daddy, and best friend.  And for friends and family who I love unconditionally.

Blessed.  Grateful.  And thankful.  Bring it on, new year.

Cheers to 2017!