I was always told you can do anything for a year. It’s only 365 days, and in a long lifetime, it’s a pretty short amount of time. When things aren’t going well or the way you’d hoped, you can “get through” a year; when things are great, a year will spill by all too fast to even remember all of the greatness the year had to offer.
This past year saw me marking my 40th year… and it has been one of the most amazing years of my life. Turning 40, is in itself a milestone, but that doesn’t begin to describe the changes that have happened within this time. I started my teaching year with renewed vigour after spending time writing over the summer and had wonderfully creative writers in my classes whom I loved spending my days with. And, as I look back at my Writer’s Notebook, I can feel my effervesence bubbling up from the page as I scrawl in a November quick write that I have just had a positive pregnancy test. And it is only in July of 2012, that I can breathe out deeply and relish that momentous occassion, because I am only 2 weeks from my due date. We could not be happier, more excited or more anxious to meet this new little person we have been so wanting to join our lives.
We bought a new home in March, and have prepared it lovingly for the family we were so anxious to have. I love walking through his room and looking at all the things assembled and ready for him. There are lots of books already and so many of the cutest clothes I have ever seen.
In April I married my best friend. I found a quote that sums up our day nicely: “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.” Everything went perfectly. We took yet another step in moving to create our family, and I could not have dreamed it better.
Time is crawling so very slowly as we wait for July 22, our due date. And I know that the year to follow will too bring us even more of the greatest changes in our lives. What a difference a year makes…