To Treasure

It's the new year, and lots of bloggers have been picking their "one word" for the year.

I've been watching the "one word" trend for the past several years, and I have liked the idea but have never participated by picking my own word for the year.  I'm not sure why, I guess I could never come up with a word that I felt I could apply to an entire year.

I'm not sure what is different this year - maybe it's because I just had a baby, and that combined with the New Year has put me in a reflective mood.

2012 started out with me having a sick feeling in my stomach - we had been trying to get pregnant again for several months, and I was worried it was going to take a lot to make it happen again.  I hoped beyond hope that we would have another baby by the end of the year, but I wasn't overly optimistic.

For some reason, despite my worrying, the Lord chose to grant my most treasured wish for the year - and we became a family of four before 2012 ended.  I think back over the past year and I feel so blessed.  I look forward at 2013, and it looks so bright.

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No one can know what a year will hold - things can change so fast.  But as we enter 2013, my heart is bursting, full to the brim with gratitude.

 I look at my sweet boy and I can't believe how much he has grown and changed since last January - what a joy he has been to me through the months of trying to conceive last spring, and the months of anticipation as we waited to make him a big brother.  

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I look at my sweet daughter, and I think about how last year at this time I was longing for her existence, longing to feel her little kicks in my womb, and to see her sweet face.  And now I'm looking right at her tiny features, and I'm amazed.  

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I look at my husband and think about how much change we've gone through this past year - two job changes, a new baby.  And I think about how glad I am to be going through all that with him.  I can't imagine being with anyone else.

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Though I don't know what is going to change again in 2013, I enter this year so aware of my blessings.  

And so my one word for the year?

It would be to treasure.


I want to treasure each precious moment this year.  The cuddles with Gwendolyn, the newness of having her here, the excitement of seeing her grow.  The adventures with Wyatt - learning new things, enjoying his sweet personality and fun sense of humor, teaching him about Jesus.  And having Derek by my side - figuring out how to parent our two children, growing our relationship, seeing what the Lord has for us this year, and just having fun together. 

Things will change this year - things always change.  But I want to treasure it all, each gift that the Lord grants me this year, and not take any of it for granted.

I know through the whole year, there will be moments to treasure, no matter what else it might bring.  My goal is to look for those moments, even when they are hard to see.  And in looking at 2013 as a year to treasure?  The future can't help but be bright.

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Jenni Lynn said...

I love your word! How perfect and fitting. I am so glad that the Lord has blessed your family with another baby, she truly is a treasure!

Jenna said...

Love that.... Treasure... Good word! Love the pictures. Need more of G!!!

Amanda said...

What a great word! I want to make sure and treasure things in my heart just like Mary did in Luke 2:19 "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Hope 2013 is a great year for you!

Jennifer R said...

Great word! Very inspiring!

Caitlynne and Jared said...

Gwendolyn looks a little bit like Wyatt in that picture! I love it! I think your word is perfect for this season of life. I know these are the days we'll miss the most in a few years.

Melanie said...

Sweet post and so true to!! We should treasure everything as it comes..because like you said..time goes by so quickly and things change just as fast. It still amazes me that Gwen is already here!! She is so sweet and is Wyatt! And I hate to mention it..but I had to laugh..looks like Derek forgot to remove the tag from his new Carhartt coat! LOL!

Callie said...

Haha, yeah - it was his birthday present and I took that picture right after I gave it to him - it was the best picture I had of just Derek that was also current! :-)

Melissa said...

Such a sweet post! What a great word! And love the pic of baby girl; she is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Excellent choice of word Callie!

Unknown said...

I think that is a wonderful word choice! I think I may jump on the bandwagjn and pick one as well... but I need to think long and hard to figure out which word would work.

Hallie Oceanside said...

I am loving this post!
Your babies are AHHHDORABLE!
so excited to be following along:):)

Cameron Morrison said...

This is such a beautiful post! I can't think of a word more appropriate!

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

This is a beautiful post and I'm loving your blog! Thanks for applying for my swapper space :) Congrats on the new lovely addition to your family. What a great way to start the new year. And you're absolutely right--no one can know what a year can hold. My word for 2013 is 'balance'.

Brittney said...

Aww, I love this word - it truly is perfect:)

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