Ode to 2009

My sweet sister did this on her personal blog and I thought I would do it also.

What did you do in 2009 that you had never done before? I became a mother.

Did you keep your new years resolutions and will you make any this year? I kept a couple of them and I will make more this year, per usual, and end up breaking most of them by Jan 15th!

Did anyone close to you give birth? Can I claim myself? If not, then no. I have a few sweet friends having babies in early 2010 though and I can’t wait.

Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no.

What places have you visited? We visited Washington DC for the first time and loved our time there. We have traveled to some neat places but this was our favorite trip by far.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Calm. Weird, I know. With a newborn in my house you are thinking, “she’s crazy!” but seriously, I am looking forward to some calm in this house this year. No new jobs, baby rooms being planned and decorated, 9 months of a baby growing inside of me along with the aches and pains that come with it, and no brand new baby in this house making us a a tired and nervous mess. I look forward to 2010 being a year of firsts, a year of a new focus and priorities, lots of smiles and relaxation at home…. that is the “calm” I crave.

What date from 2009 will remain etched in your memory? December 2, 2009! The day my son was born. The day I became a mother. The day Randall became a Daddy. The day we became a family. A special day, indeed.

What was your biggest achievement this year? Getting through 38.5 weeks of pregnancy! Seriously, having a beautiful, healthy baby was the biggest achievement this year. I have to thank the Lord for that though and not myself.

Did you have any illnesses this year? Is pregnancy an illness? hee hee

What was the best thing you bought? The fabric for Henry’s room. It has brought me so much joy this year. I know that sounds crazy but buying that fabric has made his room into something so special for us and has made our house a real, true home.

Where did most of your money go? Henry! He was not even here until the 12th month of the year. Most of our money went toward getting ready for him. I can only imagine that most of our money will go toward him from now on. I am cool with that though…he is worth it.

What song will remind you of 2009? Sweet Child O Mine. We had it on the computer at the house being funny and that is when I felt our baby boy move for the first time. Randall then bought the CD for me that next week. I would play it in the car and smile thinking about my sweet child to be.

What do you wish you would have done more of? Sharing Christ’s love with those around I see on a daily basis who need Him so badly.

What do you wish you would have done less of? Worrying….but I always do more of that than I want each year. 2010 will probably be no different, especially with a baby who has no one to keep him when I go back to work in Feb. See…I am already worrying into 2010 and it is still 2009!

What was your favorite tv program? Grey’s Anatomy. It is the only show I watch religiously. I am not a huge TV watcher.

What was the best book you read this year? Baby Whisperer. I read many baby books but this one had such helpful info in it. I need to read it again now that he is here.

What was your favorite film of the year? I did not go to the movies but once this year and it was not a great film so I have to pass on this one.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? I traveled back from the Fort with Randall on my birthday after a weekend there for a baby shower and a surprise party for my mom. It was a great 31st birthday.

What political issues stirred you the most? health care reform. I work in health care and was surrounded by the stress of it everyday.

Who was the best new person you met? I met several sweet people this year through my work and my volunteer work. I would hate to single anyone person out for fear I would offend those not listed. I am blessed to be surrounded by a great group of really nice people.

Abby

Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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