Happy New Year!

Birthdays are great, Thanksgiving is meaningful, Christmas is joyous…

But I really do love New Years.  I think it’s that strange balance between reminiscing the year behind you and the aspirations of the year ahead.  It’s beautiful and delicate and so exciting.  2016 was such an adventure for me!  I had been a wife for only 10 days before 2016.  I learned so much about patience, love, teamwork and living alongside another human being that is my complete opposite in almost every single way.  It wasn’t easy but what an amazing blessing!!

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I, however, can not wait for 2017!  I have so many plans and dreams for this new year that I can not possibly share them all with you.  The post would be way too long.  What I will tell you is I can not wait to meet our little girl.  Gemma has my whole heart and I’m beyond excited to finally hold her in my arms.  I try to imagine what it will be like but I know even my wildest dreams are dull to the reality of her being outside the womb.

Officially I am 26 weeks pregnant.  Only 14 more weeks until her due date.  I wish I could say I have everything under control but in reality the nursery is still more of a storage room, we haven’t done any kind of class or preparation for her arrival (no showers, no crib, no nothing).   I know it will get done but lets just say the next three months will be busy and will be here in the blink of an eye!

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As far as the pregnancy goes: morning sickness is pretty much over… it rears it’s ugly head every once in a while but nothing like that first trimester.  I feel this little bug move and squirm every single day, she will even respond to poking, prodding and (sometimes) voices.  I am stretching and growing at an almost daily rate now.  My joints pop, my back aches and I seriously go to the bathroom every hour or so.  I LOVE IT!  Carrying this little girl is such a gift that I in no way deserve.

In preparation for the year ahead I have decided that my word for the year 2017 is going to be present (as in the here and now)  I am praying, will pray and already have been praying that through the course of 2017  I will better learn how to be present in the moment, content and in tune with what is right in front of me.  As a dreamer and introvert I so often live in my own head.  So, in this new year I hope to grow more aware and more joyful with what is right in front of me… with THIS day and THIS now.

If you have a word or dream for 2017 please leave a comment and let me know what it is!  I’d love to hear from you.

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