I have been sitting here trying to figure out what to write. I wanted to share some of the beautiful pictures that my friend Shawn took of Aria and I last week (THANK YOU)! Lots of ideas pop up but the main theme to all of them is just how crazy blessed I am. I have had 13 lovely months of being home with Aria. She amazes me everyday. She is incredibly sweet, easy going, happy, silly, snuggly and I can't wait for her to wake up everyday so that I can see her smiling face. She loves sitting in chairs like a big girl, climbing stairs, feeding herself and others, drinking out of mamas glass, listening to music and playing with friends. I am so thankful that Aria has such an easy going demeanor not only because it has made my life so easy but it has also allowed us to go out and socialize with people. Aria has been a blessing to others since the day she was born. She is not only loved by her family but she has many adopted grandmas, aunts and cousins! She plays with kids at the food shelf on Mondays, loves on "Grandma" Rose and "Aunt" Cindy on Tuesdays, brings smiles to all of the aunts and grandmas at knitting group on Wednesdays, plays with friends on Thursdays along with brightening peoples days where ever we go.
Not only am I so grateful to have Aria but I also have an incredibly loving and supportive husband who makes it possible for me to spend my days raising our sweet baby girl and blessing other people. We have been so busy lately with Joel and I traveling both together and separately around the U.S. to California, Colorado and Chicago. Time apart from Joel is hard, it feels like I am just going through the motions of living when I don't get to be with him at the end of the day. Not only does Joel make our living situation possible but he also gives purpose to my days. He is my baby daddy, my husband, my soulmate and my best friend. I love getting to wake up to you, eat beside you, laugh with you and dream along with you. I could not have asked for a better partner to do life with. Thank you for everything!
I am so thankful to have the support and love of my family and the community of friends we have around us. No matter what life throws at me I know I have amazing friends and family that will be there to do whatever they can to help. You all are there to celebrate, mourn, laugh, and explore with. I hope you know how much I truly love you and I treasure every second I get to be with you!
A huge item I have to be thankful for is our new home! We moved into a big, beautiful house in Oakdale at the beginning of June. I wake up every morning freaking out about this house. I literally can't believe it is ours. I am probably starting to annoy Joel with my extreme excitement about it! I am looking forward to using this space to bless my family and hope that it can be a home to more than just my family.
Aria just woke up from nap, time for our snack...did I mention that I LOVE MY LIFE!