What a wonderful weekend we have had! Saturday was a “Rachel Day!” It’s so hard to believe that my little lady is 11 months old already! In our household we have been slowly starting to prepare things for her first birthday party coming up next month. I can not get over how fast this year has gone by! It seems like just yesterday I was calling a photographer to discuss maternity pictures and now I’m calling local bakers to discuss cakes for Rachel’s first birthday party! Where does the time go?!
Another great highlight of our weekend was the wedding of my very dear college friend, Courtney and her new husband, Josh. It’s hard to put into words how beautiful they are as a couple. Just to watch them together and see how they interact, it is clear that if ever two people were meant to be together–it is them! The whole ceremony was beautiful and the reception was amazing. Everything was perfect! And let me tell you what, I have never seen a wedding crowd more pumped up than theirs. The dance floor was packed and everyone was having a great time! I am so happy for my friend and can’t wait to see what the next few years bring for her and her new family.
We are gearing up for Thanksgiving later this week. With all of the things going on in my life lately, I have been trying to make a conscious effort to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Some days are easy, some days can be a challenge. Thinking about this weekend and reflecting on my own marriage and my own family, I have been reminded of the magnitude of God’s love for us. Often times when I think about how much I love my daughter, I can’t help but think that God must love me the same way, too! For as much as I want her to be happy and to hear her laugh and to see her smile, He wants all of those things for me, too.
Motherhood has been an interesting experience so far, and has changed my outlook on life and love in a very drastic (but also, good) way. I know that raising my daughter to be a kind, caring and intelligent member of our society will be the most important thing I ever do. My goal is to be the best I can be in order to be a role model for her. I know it won’t always be easy, but I know in the end, everything will be worth it! She makes me want to be a better person and gives me hope that their is still so much good left to be done in this world.
For all that I have been blessed with, I am very thankful. Of course, my husband and my daughter are at the top of my list. What are you thankful for?