Tuesday, December 31, 2013

saying goodbye to the best year yet. {2013 in review}

I have laid in bed counting my blessings a million times before, but on this day, of this year, it's hard not to multiply that by 100 and thank God for everything that has happened in the past 365 days.
2013 has been, by far, the best year of my entire life.
Last year on this date, I got to marry my best friend and celebrate with friends and family. Literally, up until that point, I had never had a better day in my 25 years on earth. I was so full of love, excitement, nervousness, and every other emotion I can think of that I thought I might burst. Walking down that aisle and thinking "this is it, this is your forever you've waited for" is a feeling I imagine people only get once in their entire lives and I was so happy to be experiencing it. Our day played out exactly as planned, and our evening/night did as well. We both felt so much love for each other and everyone that came to celebrate with us it was truly a "once in a lifetime" experience.

(Click here for our wedding post)

We came home from our reception exhausted (mentally and physically) but knew the excitement wasn't over yet...
We had a day to recuperate and get our things together before we were off on our honeymoon!
24 hours after leaving our house and 16 hours of flying time later we arrived to the most beautiful place in the entire world...French Polynesia (more specifically Tahiti and Bora Bora). We spent the next two weeks soaking in the sun and not having a care in the world. We spent our days snorkeling, kayaking, swimming off our bungalow, and laying out. We got to see sea turtles and sting rays daily, plus many many other underwater creatures.  Our nights were spent having dinner on our bungalow deck over the most serene waters. Words cannot explain exactly how beautiful and peaceful it was. And getting it spend it all with my best friend? Priceless. As I have said before, I never felt more in love than I did on our honeymoon. We had absolutely nothing to stress about, everything to be thankful for, and nothing but time and attention to give to one another, all while enjoying the trip of a lifetime. It was perfect in every way.

Shortly after arriving home, we experienced yet another day in my life I will never ever forget. Though we were trying, and though my period was a day late...we were both excited yet hesitant to get our hopes up when Ryan brought me home a pregnancy test one Tuesday morning...
 We were pregnant!
Once again, words cannot possibly describe the feeling that came over me when I walked in the bathroom and saw the word "pregnant". Our life had changed in an instant. We instantly went from 2 people who had just gotten married and decided to try for a baby thinking it would take awhile (I once read somewhere it takes the average couple 5 months to conceive) to 2 people who had a baby coming in just 9 months..and this, the wedding, and honeymoon all happened in a month! Life was certainly happening around here..literally...and it was only February.

(click here for our finding out we were expecting post)
The next few months were relatively calm compared to the first month of the year besides the fact that I was battling horrible morning sickness. (Just for the record--it was all worth it.)
Then summer rolled around and I got to be the Maid of Honor in my best friend's wedding. In January, I hadn't taken into account what being 28 weeks pregnant would feel or look like in a bridesmaids dress in July, but besides that, I loved every minute of it. Is there any better honor you can get from a best friend?! To this day I still smile just thinking about it!

The following month I got showered by friends and family with baby gifts, once again reminding me just how blessed/loved/lucky/thankful I am....

(click here for my baby shower post)

Just a couple months passed and before I could blink, it was October..the month our sweet baby girl was due to arrive.
On October 15th at 12:53am the best thing in the world happened to me...I gave birth to the most beautiful, perfect, precious, sweet, little baby girl....

Milania weighed 7lbs 2oz and was 21 inches long...and...she was perfect.

I never knew just how much my life was missing until this sweet little baby was placed on my chest, blue and crying, so helpless and so dependent on her mommy. It is a feeling unlike any other. And on that day, I knew God had been directing my life with a reason..there is no other explanation for such a perfect baby that is all mine. (and part Ryan's ;) )

So today, tonight, I get to celebrate not only the best year of my life coming to an end, but also a 1 year anniversary to my best friend. To say this year has been the best year of my life is cutting it short. I am blessed beyond words and measure. 2013 will always be my favorite chapter.


Jessie :) said...

Aww :-) so glad you are happy!

Miss B. Leigh said...

I love this, Audrie!! You've had such a busy year!!