I was going to give you more goodness on the kids bath, but I feel like I need to write this for myself right now.
The monthly challenge for December was Celebrate. Besides our gift guides and our Christmas wish to you, there were no holiday posts around Wills Casa this year. Mainly because well I did not decorate. Before you start thinking I’m a scrooge, I really thought we would be in the house before Christmas/the end of December. There didn’t seem much of a point to decorate while in the middle of a move.
We got some punch you in the gut news today that I will share eventually. I sat down to drown my sorrows with blogs and chocolate since nursing has taken the possibility of drinking my sorrows away. (Wills Casa does not endorse this type of behavior and can’t be held accountable for anyone’s poor choices…even their own.) I read Katja’s post. After the wave of self pity over the current situation subsided (a little), I realized I have a lot to celebrate.
Prep yourself for some deep thoughts from Amber Wills… (aka my personal reminder why life is wonderful in spite of chaos)
These two. I adore my kids and love them an incredibly scary amount. It really is like having your heart walk around outside your body. (Don’t know who said that first but they were a genius.)
Y’all I will be married to Nick for 10 years in May. A decade of marriage. I’m still crazy in love with him. Insert all love cliches here then multiple by infinity and add one just because that still won’t even begin to describe my feelings about this man. Plus he is an incredible father. How did I get so lucky?
If I was being humorous, I would say I celebrate being able to see my forehead. 2014 might be the year I let my bangs grow out. However I’m going to be serious, so I celebrate our closest friends. Jamie (and Pete too why not) knows all my crazy (yes it’s so bad it’s a noun in and of itself) and still likes me. I can’t tell you how much Nick and I rely on them to pretty much make up for all we lack which is more than we like to admit.
Eric and Laurie Parker who have been friends with Nick for 15 years (yikes we aren’t even 30 yet) are such incredible friends and a constant encouragement to us. We are so blessed to have thoughtful and compassionate people in our lives.
The best picture I have to illustration another reason to celebrate is me resting my pregnant self in San Francisco for Alt. My blog friends. Whether I’ve met them in person like Jessica, Court, and Lani. Or just stalk them lovingly – Katja, Kenz, Cassie, Michelle, Kim, Caitlin, Julia, Gretchen, Kelly, Kristin, Anu, Caroline, Emma, and many MANY more.
I’m so thankful for these friendships. It’s amazing to be able to connect to people who share your interests, have such different styles, and are just plain hilarious. Thank you friends, blogs, and internet in general.
So despite my urge to let yesterday’s news drag me into a pit of depression, I’m glad I took time to count all the reasons I have to celebrate. There is a constant good in life regardless of stressful situations. I can’t forget the primary reason I have to celebrate, and it’s a big one.
Happy New Year! I’m off to wallow a little less about everything.