Friday, January 1, 2010

Looking Back. Looking Forward.

Before this past year, 2005 brought about the biggest changes in my life. I graduated college and married the man of my dreams. I left the comfort and safety of my parents care and joined together with the one I love to create a life of our own. That was a big year. An amazing year. But 2009 brought about an even bigger change. Had the events of 2005 never occurred, we would not have had what we did in 2009. The best, most exciting, biggest life changing year of both of our lives. Our flesh and souls were meshed perfectly together to fashion the most amazing gift of all, our baby boy.

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I've realized that the biggest years of my life to date, are the years when I take on a new role and gain a new name. My entire life, I was Whitney: Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Niece, Friend, along with several other names concerning things I filled my life with. But in 2005, I became Wife. This was the biggest name on my list, because it wasn't something I was born with or given beyond my control. This was a name that I chose. A name that I always dreamed of having. Wife.

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This year, I became Mom. Yet another name that I chose. The sweetest name on my list. Mom.

I have wanted to be a Mom for as long as I can remember. My goal in life was to get married, have babies and make my house a home while raising and guiding my children. 2009 brought that dream my reality.

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The other names on my list are no less important than that of Wife and Mom, but they are ones that I am used to having. Ones that I feel complete and comfortable in. They have always been a part of my life and being a wife and mom have not. These are my newest names and I am constantly learning, constantly gaining wisdom and constantly seeking God's council in these two areas so that I can better perfect these roles as I walk through life.

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I am blessed beyond measure as I enter 2010. My beloved husband gave me the new name of wife in 2005 and I look forward to enhancing that role with him for the rest of our lives. My precious son gave me the new name of mom in 2009 and I look forward to raising him with grace and cultivating a family legacy for him as best as I can.

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Here's to another year of exciting beginnings, family health, lots of laughter and experiencing God's goodness and mercy day in and day out.

Happy New Year, friends of old and new.

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(And for funzies, my disheveled little dumplin'...)

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30 comments:

  1. Beautiful post. It's important to look back on things in our lives from time to time because it shows us how far God has brought us.

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  2. beautiful baby boy. and adorable clothes he's wearing!
    happy new year!

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  3. You are wise beyond your years! I really enjoy every post you write. I also love to see pictures of the cutest and most adorable blog baby ever! That smile of his is so absolutely beautiful.

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  4. Great post! Have a Happy new year!

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  5. Happy New Year, Whitney! It has been such a joy watching your family grow this year. Thanks for taking us all along for the ride!

    (P.S. I think you and I need more babies in 2010!!!!)

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  6. Whitney, you are such a wonderful person - it shows in your writing. The way you express yourself and where your heart lies.

    Please tell me where you get all of Levi's ADORABLE clothes because that's totally how I'm dressing my little boy when I have one.

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  7. Happy New Year! May 2010 bring you many blessings.

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  8. He's so cute! Happy New Year!

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  9. Good post. Good year! Happy New Year to you and your fam!

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  10. Your insight has blessed me today, Whitney. Our lives are VERY different, but because of our identity in Christ, they are very much the same. Happy New Year! May God richly bless you in 2010!

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  11. But did you have any idea that you would be mum to the most darling boy?! He is such a chirpy chap. Hope you all have a blessed 2010.

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  12. & you're doing a wonderful job with your roles! You're such an inspiration!

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  13. Darin & Levi are both blessed to have you in their life as "wife" and "mom". You're doing a fantastic job with the roles God has given you in life.

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  14. Happy New Year! Levi is absolutely beautiful - i LOVE the outfit! :)

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  15. Such sweet pictures of Levi! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  16. he is the most photogenic child I have ever seen!!! Glad he is part of my family!!

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  17. He's so adorable. I have not been to your blog for awhile, wow! You are right, so many changes, and so many blessings. Your family time is so precious, and I especially love the canvas gift you gave your mother in law. fantastic.

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  18. Congratulations on those two amazing roles. I am honored to be a Wife and can totally relate to what you are saying. I pray to our God, our Savior, that he gives me the opportunity to fulfill my dream role of MOM. You are an inspiration!
    Happy New Year!
    Jen

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  19. I am really enjoying your Blog. I look forward to reading it more during the new year. I feel like I can learn a lot form you as both wife and mother. You have created a lovely home for your family, and I think you do an impeccable job of keeping Christ at the center of it. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Love this post!!! You two have made one beautiful little boy and I think you will be an amazing mommy and wife for years to come!!

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  21. You have the most adorable little boy!! Happy New Year!

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  22. I swear he is one of the cutest babies ever! Happy New Year friend!

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  23. That is the cutest little boy I have ever seen! I love all of those pics, what a perfect little guy.

    Happy New Year!

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  24. Our God has truly given you the very desires of your heart and you are doing a wonderful job as wife and mommy and also in giving God all the glory. God bless you Whitney ion 2010. I so enjoy your testimonies.

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  25. I'm new to your blog, but I love it!

    You are so solid and grounded. Your little man is delightful!

    Thanks for letting me peek into your lovely life this New Year!

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  26. He's gorgeous and you always have him dressed so cute!

    What kind of camera do you use? Your photographs are great!

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  27. Your son is cuter than a truckload of kittens!

    So glad to have discovered your blog! It made my evening! Consider me a new yet loyal follower! Cannot wait to read abt the adventures to come!

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  28. Wow, your son is absolutely adorable! I recently found your blog and I've been reading your old posts and I love it! You son looks to be about the same age here as my daughter is now, and you get such amazing smiles from him for your photos! How. on. Earth. do. you. do. that????? Any tips or tricks??

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May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)

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