I have grown my photography business a lot since being here, as well as starting in new ventures, like website management and professional photo editing (for websites). I specifically joined the HowDoesShe family, PickYourPlum, and IShare, which have been huge blessings in my life. I have deteriorated health-wise, a bit, due to contracting H1N1 and as a result, getting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I don’t feel like super-mom most days, but I’m learning to be okay with that. I’m learning that I have worth, even when I feel (and looked) battered and bruised. I am learning that I can do hard things, and that I can be happy in the midst of trials. Ha – that last is something that I seem to learn and RE-learn over and over. I am learning an entirely new love for my husband and for our relationship. Getting through trials together, working to make it through, strengthens you both and raises your marriage to the next level. It is astonishing and wonderful!
It has been a long while since I have posted a personal entry on this blog. Silly, since I originally created this blog as a means to record my life and keep in touch with family and friends. We are coming up on FIVE YEARS since moving a Province away from our closest family members. Can you believe that? I remember posting about my fears and anxieties back in 2007 in this post, and to me it seems like only yesterday. We felt the hand of the Lord in our move, and even though we had faith, it was surely tested!
Here we were then:
Back then, my eldest daughter was in second grade! That seems SO YOUNG and yet – she was my eldest! Funny how time changes your perspective on things. She was excited to start in a new school – I was nervous. I was nervous for both of my school girls. But, she was so unfazed by it all. Now, she is a 7th grader and has blossomed into a beautiful young lady, inside and out.
Miss B was only in first grade when we moved. The same grade that my JJ is in right now! She was so little! How challenging to just be starting into being in school all day, and having to change schools, make new friends, and generally start over. Poor kid! She was so resilient, though, and made friends easily. She still is close with many of the same girls she made friends with 5 years ago. I love that! Now, she is in sixth grade and growing and maturing every day!
Miss BB was a chubby-faced little 3 year old, who loved Joy School in Calgary. When we moved, I didn’t know anyone and couldn’t find a Joy School group, so I just taught her at home for a while before discovering “Pre-Kindergarten” which is a free preschool program within the regular school board. She was ecstatic to go to the same school as her big sisters and she jumped right in with both feet! Now she is a 3rd grader who STILL loves school and is a huge help to her teacher. She is still as happy-go-lucky as ever and has such a sweet personality.
My JJ has changed most of all. I mean, no wonder! She was 1.5 yrs old when we moved (just a baby!) and has lived her for the greater portion of her life. She as grown from a baby to a girl – a girl in first grade! Wow. She is very witty and charming, as well as highly determined and confident. I guess this place has been good for al my girls!
My husband and I have gone through a lot of growth during our time here. My old “me” wouldn’t recognize the woman I am today – much more confident, wiser (in many ways), more easy going, and less likely to be the “yes” person. I have learned more moderation (though it is still something I struggle with) and how to say “no” without as much guilt. I am still growing and learning, and changing – thank heavens for that!
So, here’s to us- version 2012 – and to another 5 years of learning and growth. I can’t wait to see what the next 5 will bring!