January 19, 2017

And then there were four.

Molly Faye Morton made her grand entrance into the world on January 10, exactly four weeks before her due date.

She is clearly the sweetest thing ever and we're all quite fond of her.

December 30, 2016

The highs and lows of 2016.

I read something online the other day where someone said that they get together with their close friends at the end of the year and share their high and low points of the past 12 months. I thought that was brilliant. I've always loved going around the room and hearing everyone's high points of the year, but I like the idea of sharing the low moments, too. It's good to look back on where we've been in the year and see how far we've come or, maybe, still have to go.

I know a lot of people that have had big struggles in 2016 whether it's health, professional, or personal. Breakups and health scares and job drama have all been big players in the lives of many of our friends this past year.

Looking back, it seems like the high and low points of my year should be fairly straightforward. High point: getting pregnant again. Low point: losing my job. It's not all black and white, though.

Losing my job was hard. It really was. The funny thing is, before I knew that my job was gone, I was struggling with the prospect of returning to work. Having the choice to return to that hard job taken away from me was actually a blessing. It taught me something about my faith, and it reinforced for me that God's plan is so much bigger than ours. There is no part of me that wishes I still held that position, and I'm so grateful for the part time opportunity that was dropped right at my feet when I needed it the most. I applied for a dozen jobs and got only got one offer and it was the perfect offer. God was there, holding my hand the whole time.

I was searching for a different post today and came across one I wrote a few years ago on the cusp my 24th birthday. So many years later and it seems to echo so perfectly a lot of the same sentiments that I felt this year.

It's hard to put into words the high points of 2016. We spent a lot of time with my side of the family, and accidentally spurred a family reunion in Ontario when we visited. I hadn't seen my dad's siblings since I got married in 2010 and most of my cousins for almost 15 years. It was wonderful to discover that not only are were connected to these people through blood, but that I also really like them.

This was also the year that I ate some many vegan/dairy-free doughnuts that I almost got tired of them. 2015's word of the year was "baby" and 2016's is "doughnut." 2017's will probably be "thighs."

Getting pregnant again has, of course, been a huge highlight. Not that pregnancy is the most fun thing in the world, but I feel like I've been better at it this time around. I'm looking forward to welcoming our little girl in a month or so and have, for the most part, gotten over the nerves I initially had about it. Raising a boy and a girl is going to be a wild ride, I'm sure, but I'm ready. Bring on the headbands and frilly bums.

How do you round up your biggest moment of a year without feeling like you've left things out? Visiting friends, doing puzzles during Parker's naps, the anticipation of a new life in our home, sharing in the joy of friends' pregnancy announcements, months at home with Parker and now watching him grow into a little person with a fabulous personality, working on a women's ministry, discovering a dairy-free bakery, and finding a new hairdresser all made up the high points of 2016 (some more so than others). It's been a wild ride of a year, but was ultimately so good to us.

I know that 2017 is going to be its own beast. We'll be growing our family and I won't be the only one wearing dresses anymore. I'll likely be off work for the entire year. Towards the end of the year we'll (hopefully) start making gradual plans for moving back to Victoria. I'll read a lot of books, paint a lot of things, and knit through my ever growing yarn stash. I'll also drink a lot of decaf coffee to make up for lost time.

Bring it, 2017.

December 29, 2016

New year, stay you.

I see a lot of "new year, new you" things floating around the internet and I just don't like them. Yes, January 1st is the easiest date on the calendar to make big life changes, but I don't understand why we need to completely overhaul our entire lives. There's nothing wrong with who you are. Okay, maybe there is, but you don't need to wait until January 1st to start working on it. I also don't think there's anything so wrong with you that you need to become a new person in the new year. That's just weird.

I think it's a good idea to try and make better life choices all the time. For instance, after Christmas and the holidays is the perfect time to start eating better. It shouldn't be that hard considering the overindulgence that happens this time of year. I haven't been hungry for almost a week. Love yourself, love your body, and please don't try and do a complete makeover of yourself because I still want to recognize you. By all means try bangs out, just don't shave your head, join a cult, and ask me to start calling you Moonbeam.

That said, I'm not usually big on New Year's resolutions but I have pretty extreme weight loss goals for 2017. I'm hoping in the next month or so to drop about 15 lbs in a day. It's a bit of an intense weight loss program, but I've done it before and had decent success. It's the kind of diet that gives you more curves and a more voluptuous bosom within days. Yes, it's childbirth and it knocks Beach Body out of the water. Take that, Shakeology.

Remember, to me, you are perfect. Spend five minutes with a baby and you'll remember what self love is. Don't go wrecking that person we all know and love. Maybe just stop chewing with your mouth open.