You know how certain months hold special meanings for people? Maybe April signifies joy for some beautiful, heartfelt reason, or August represents a weighty month of despair. As we compartmentalize our emotions within the timeline of personal wins and losses, before we know it, we’ve crafted an annual calendar synonymous with emotion.
That’s what November is for me – a month of heightened emotion. The next 30 days will offer intense reflection, tremendous gratitude, and unwelcome guilt — not necessarily in that order. As I prepare to celebrate my 3rd anniversary as a stay-at-home mom and my 16th wedding anniversary to the man who made it all possible, I can’t help but take inventory of how far my marriage has come.
It seems like only yesterday we said our marriage vows under less than favorable circumstances. Before Boy Wonder and BooBoo. Before this house. Before either of our careers. We’ve lived a lifetime in these 16 years: one apartment, two houses, eight cars, four pregnancies, two babies, five jobs, one cat, and a least a dozen coffee makers.
We’ve gained and lost these things through laughter and tears. We screamed and dreamed and fought and made up. We kissed and shopped for appliances and took vacations. But of all the incredible life adventures my marriage has given me, nothing could have prepared me for the role of stay-at-home mom. [read more…]