Monday, December 31, 2012

Dear 2012,

Family Photos in Sedona 10/28/12
photo by Emily Snitzer 

Dear 2012,

You will always be one of my most cherished years, I'm sure of it. You were beautiful, you were challenging, you were the year I really came into my own as a mama. I don't think I'll ever figure it out all the way (in fact, I'm sure- I have a sneaking suspicion no one ever really does), but this year I grew right along with Henry and just as he is no longer a baby, I am no longer such a brand new mother. We figured it out, we made sense of our everydays, and now here we are, looking back over the past year with the biggest of smiles. Happiness. Pure joy. You were also a year I fell a little more in love with life. I'm not sure what it was- more time to spend on creative endeavors, realizing much more about myself, or maybe just taking a whole afternoons to laze in the sun with my little man- but I've never felt more lucky to feel so alive. It's been a year of love, such sweet, sweet love. Hank and his kind heart, always understanding me and accepting me, always going along with my funny ideas. This year he's been so patient and kind. And it's not like he's ever been anything but, but this past year I got to see him really grow into his role as a father and it was a beautiful, beautiful thing. I got to spend so many more days with my family, laughing and stopping for a second every so often and saying, "we are so lucky." And then the days, my everyday, every moment with my littlest love, the sweetest Henry who in 2012 became a toddler and a small person with his own demands and wants and a voice (oh, that voice!). This year has shown so much more of his joyous, boyish, funny spirit, and all of this time I get to spend with him? Heaven.

So 2012 thank you. I've grown, I've learned, I've fallen, I've gotten back up. I've smiled, I've cried, I've danced around in our living room to silly music with my family, laughing hard and harder. You were a good one, a year of continuances, a year of new beginnings, and a promise of a whole lot more to come. I can't wait to see what's next!

xoxo

17 comments:

  1. Danielle,
    This is such a beautifully written post and it resonated with me deeply. I found myself nodding and uh-hm-ing to this post and to the last few that you've written. I'm sad that I am just now telling you how wonderful it's been to discover your space here. Thank you for writing and sharing. Beautiful photo, too! A very happy 2 0 1 3 to you from Portland, Oregon!

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  2. your writing is always so beautiful. thank you for sharing this.

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  3. This makes my heart melt. I love how you write and I love how you are so thankful for what you've got in your life (which is absolutely amazing, more people should be more thankful for what they have). I love you and your blog and I need to thank you for every post you made. This one including. Happy 2013, Danielle. X

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  4. Happy new year Danielle!
    Thank you for this beautiful post!
    This year I became a mother too, and I admit it was the hardest year of my life!
    BUT I've also learned a lot about life and about myself!
    Thank you for all the beautiful posts you made about motherhood! They helped many times!
    Happy new year to you and your amazing family!
    with love
    Roberta

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  5. Happy New Year Dani! I have love, love, LOVED watching your little family blossom this year, and reading all your sweet, thoughtful words here on your blog. May the new bring infinite goodness your way!

    Katie xx

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  6. Aw, this is such a sweet post

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  7. A very sweet post.. I feel the same way.. Our little guy turned two this year and we learnt and grew together.. and the process while frustrating at times was also the highlight of our year.

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  8. Dear Dani,

    Thank you for making this year so great. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and watching your journey as a mother and blogger. I wish you all the best in 2013.

    :)

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  9. Happy New Year Dani! What a sweet post about family!

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  10. Such a beautiful and sweet post. Have a happy and healthy 2013!

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  11. Wishing you a very happy 2013! Loved this post. Beautifully written!

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  12. I love reading your blog. Kind and sweet. :)
    Happy New Year!

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  13. Sweet words, sweet family. Happy new year to you!

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  14. That was lovely! I wish you and your family the best for 2013 ♥

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  15. I love this post. So beautiful! xo

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