"To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right." With every season comes change, and with every spring & summer, we see change very clearly around here. Last year at this time, the morning of May 3rd, we were thrilled to see (by 8 tests, no less) that we were for sure to expect a baby. What a change. I had no idea where to begin. Do I buy a book? What am I supposed to be eating?...how big am I REALLY going to get...constant thoughts racing through my head... Brian and I had been married for 2 1/2 years, with two dogs, Lilly and Diesel. The thought of an actual baby and the responsibility that comes along with it scared me. A lot. I've always looked forward to being a mom. (Especially to a boy!) But with being a mom, not only holds responsibility for taking care of your new bundle, but actually being involved with the small things. Talking to baby, taking him for walks, giving him baths, reading books, playing...and all the while falling completely in love with him and not falling completely apart yourself. By that I mean, losing sleep, losing hair (NOT a fan.) keeping the house tidy & clean, trying to shed the nine months of milkshakes, remembering that you do have a job trying to please a your loyal clients, oh, and acting like you have it all together and happy in the meantime. What stress? So far, these 3 1/2 months of being a mom has been so completely wonderful, thinking of life without my Brady Jameson makes me wonder how I was happy before. Now, having a husband who makes me laugh until I cry, who is honest and sincere, and who does countless things to make me happy...that's more than a blessing in itself. So how is it that I am blessed with such an amazing husband, and next, blessed with a healthy, happy baby? More than thankful, more than blessed. I didn't decide to blog to say that I'm happy happy happy, just to explain that we have so many blessings surrounding us and often look straight past them only to focus on one tiny thing that isn't perfect. Life is ENTIRELY too short not to make sweet memories with your family. Being a young couple, we've decided to grow up pretty quickly. I was married at nineteen years old. So many people my age cringe at the thought of being "tied-down" to a husband and a baby. There is never a boring moment, always something on your to-do list & yes, more than likely I have Brady's drool somewhere on my shirt. Two years ago I would've gladly run in the opposite direction of this life, but now it's all mine, and I want to embrace it for every perfect thing it brings. Things always must change though, so why not choose to be happy and look forward to the positive things your life may bring. In my case, it's simple. I have a spring and summer to spend outside with my two boys, friends & family, neighbors, cooking out and taking walks around the block. Spending my two special days a week at home all day with the baby, forgetting about the to-do list and singing to him instead. Looking forward to Brady's feet touching sand for the first time at the beach, and soon to be planning date nights with my love. See, there's always something to do ;) For others, change might not be as welcome, but there is always something positive & something to be learned from every wind in the road. This time last year, before the big news, was a lesson learned in our marriage. An exhausting, emotional lesson. But with two hearts set right, and lots of support and love, our marriage is healthier now than ever. We have a smiling bundle of joy, two hilarious puppies, growing friendships, supporting families & so much to look forward to this beautiful time of year!