Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009


Me.
Scouting a spot for our family photo.
Or, as it turns out, watching one of the last sunsets of 2009.
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I've been reflecting on this year. It's been a big one. But then again, I feel that way about each year of my life.
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All I remember about January is that it was a month full of late nights and business plans. We were squeezed into our tiny apartment and most everything we owned was shoved into a garage. But the weather in Houston was beautiful, and many days it was literally what kept me going.
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In February we said good-by to our Millenia. I was sad to give up my sporty black car with the sun roof and "cool factor". I parked next to a mirrored building in our new family vehicle and my reflection surprised me. I was 27, very pregnant and wearing a velour jumpsuit, with two little kids, getting out of a Pilot. I remember thinking, "oh my...who AM I?"
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In March we took the plunge. David quit his job, we moved to Kansas City and opened shop. I was too excited to be home, too tired of stressing the "what ifs", and too pregnant to care about the details.
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April. Roman James Painter. Most definitely the best thing about 2009. He was 3 weeks early. Which meant that it took me May, June, July, and August to recover, unpack and get into my mother groove. David was working all.the.time. Most nights not home until 9 or 10pm.
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September granted us more time together, and bolstered us with a little confidence. I think we were getting the hang of living with all the changes.
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And then the holiday season. Pumpkins, falling leaves, turkey dinners, family togetherness, snow, Christmas music and hot chocolate.
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365 days. I like the rhythm of life. This is a brief and flippant summary, but lurking in between the words are big life lessons. I'm grateful to be learning them, painful and joyful combined.

9 comments:

Christy said...

beautifuly sad, tara! you definitely have a way with words. it has been a crazy and exciting year for you guys.

speaking of exciting, we are excited to see you! we (as in the ladies) have been thinking about lunch on the 4th. does it work for you?

SDLollypoppers said...

I love this summary. Beautiful!

Jill Revell said...

what a great post. it has definitely been a big year for you guys.

Lora said...

loved it. All of it!

ps- I can't wait to hug you, the real you not just your beautifully spoken words!

Nicole said...

I love your yearly recap, Tara. What a great way to reflect on a very momentous year!

Whit said...

Loved this! (I copied the idea..:)) It was great to see you Monday-thanks again for coming. Very sweet and meaningful to me. Loves to all!

missy said...

I really love reading about people looking back on their year. I should probably do it, myself. But, this photo and the post together just made me so happy I think I'll sit on it for a while. It sounds like 2010 is your guys year to DO and things will happen. I'm excited to watch it unfold for you.

The Gerharts said...

One of the things I look forward to in 2010 is reading your blog! I love your way with word and your way with the camera. You have a beautiful family!

meg said...

It's been a great (and busy) year for you! Definitely one to remember. Hope the next one is just a great (and a little less busy.)