Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It's time to begin, isn't it?



Happy new year, dear readers.  I am writing to you from my brand new MacBook Air my husband gifted to me for Christmas (lucky gal, I know :-))!  After spending the last 7 days in 4 different homes and 4 different beds, I am grateful for a quiet moment to collect my thoughts on the new year ahead of me.

2012 will always have a special place in my heart because it is the year I was lucky enough to marry my best friend.  I know that sounds utterly cliche, but at the end of the day, despite the struggles, the fallouts, the tears, and even all the joyous moments that occurred this past year, I will first think about my wedding and the happiness I felt on that day when I reflect on 2012.



Maybe you noticed, and maybe you did not, but I took a little blogger break for most of December.  It was a tough month for me, personally.  I believe a lot in timing, and I think God knew that I needed the break to really be grateful this Christmas - so that's what I focused my time and energy on.  And I am....truly grateful.

I am grateful for this man who I get to wake up next to everyday...and incidentally enough, I love more each day I wake up with him.
On Christmas Morning :)

I am grateful for my parents who want great things for me and for my mom who will drop everything and come take care of me when I'm sick.

Holding their gift from my sister and me on Christmas morning.

I am grateful for hard work and budgeting that allowed me to buy my first new car EVER a few days after Christmas!  (and most definitely happy that my husband can fit comfortably in this car!)
Getting ready to drive off the lot with my 2013 Mazda CX-5!


I am blessed beyond belief to have this little guy in my life this past year, and to celebrate as he turned 1-year-old on December 28!


Mason loves his Uncle Keith...he's like a giant pillow!

Even though we had planned to come home from Atlanta on Monday night, we ended up staying for New Years Eve and I am so happy I got to spend a quiet evening with my sister and our husbands reading on my Kindle and watching Jenny McCarthy act like and idiot on New Year's Rockin' Eve.  When the ball dropped, my husband gave me a kiss and we went to bed.  It was just as it should be.

I have had many moments in the last few weeks of reflection on my life and how blessed I am.  No matter what I allow myself to think in my moments of weakness and my moments of selfishness, I always come back to that.  I am ready for 2013.  I am ready to drive my new car and blog on this computer.  I am ready to put away my Christmas decorations and watch the snow fall.  I am ready to try out recipes from my new cookbooks and FaceTime with my nephews.  I am ready for new episodes of all my shows and for NFL Playoffs!  I am ready to celebrate my last birthday in my 20's (in March) and long for summer.  Mostly I am ready for a new year and a fresh start, and a chance to be a better person, better wife, better daughter, better sister and better co-worker than last year.

It's time to begin, isn't it?


7 comments:

Ernest Houston said...

That's awesome! A New year,. a new car! I can imagine how happy you were being able to buy your first, brand new baby. It's one of the best feelings in the world especially if you worked really hard for it.

Ernest Houston

Kelli said...

Love this!

The Hughes Family said...

What a great post! So glad I got celebrate so much with you in 2012! Cheers to a fantastic 2013!

Dewey Setlak said...

Oh, I remember the first time I bought a car with my own money. It really feels great because you know that you really worked hard for it. ;) It took me two years to buy my dream car and it’s really worth the wait! Congrats, Taryn!

Leisa Dreps said...

Year 2012 was indeed a great year for you and your hubby! I am so happy for the both of you! Yes, there will always be challenges in married life, but that’s how your relationship will get stronger. As he is your best friend, I know you can settle every conflict that you two may have. Cheers for your New Year, new life and new dreams! And of course for your new car!

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