2013: This Year

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The past few years, I have entered into the new year with a vast array of feelings. 2010 :: 2011, I gladly cast off in anticipation of leaving behind our loss and looking forward to meeting our newest addition, Ezra. 2011 :: 2012, I felt blessed, just amazingly blessed, and I couldn't even imagine what God could bring in 2012 for our family.

So, 2012 :: 2013.

My friends, I get choked up to even write this, because these words are so monumental.

2013 means quitting my day job. Not today, not after maternity leave, but with an end goal by 12.31.13.

This year.

It may seem very anticlimactic to most to even hype this date, 12 months from now. But remembering the desperation of the girl I was in 2009, after very recently becoming a mother, in returning to work, leaving my child behind, and feeling much like my heart had been torn from my chest, I can't believe I'm typing these words. 

God set in motion my photography business. Through a maternity session with Gina, that resulted in the most important friendship of my life. Through my Mom purchasing a lens for me. Through a bossy cousin who insisted I take pictures at her sister's reception. ;) Through Tony's unwavering support.

To all of my clients who have made it here to this blog or, even more so, the ones who started here and chose to support me: I try, so very hard to convey my thoughts through this blog, but I'll never be able to express my thankfulness for your support. Never. You have changed my life and the life of my family. You have been hand picked by God to influence my life. I only hope I have had an equally positive impact on you.

It depends on the moment, but I'm equally excited and scared. 12.31.13 seems so short to accomplish the work we have before us to prepare for this change, but we're focused.

We're committed.

C'mon 2013, you have a lot of living up to do.
And I have to say, today's given me great inspiration to be more resolved than ever!

23 comments:

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

Good luck!!! God is behind you and you WILL succeed!!! I just know it :) YOu have so much talent to offer!

Molly said...

It's not just luck or that you're blessed. I mean, it is those things too. But really, it's because you and Tony made a goal and you stuck with it. Dumping debt is HARD. It just plain is. I know because we're in the throes of it now. It means sacrifice even when you don't want to. But you and Tony are a shining example of what sacrifice can do for a family. You've been an inspiration to me since the beginning of our journey. I can't wait to see how God blesses you this year.

Kelsey said...

Yay! So excited for you and your family that you get to stay home with your kids! So blessed to have found you and have you capture some of our family moments! Excited to read all about 2013 has to offer!

Ashley said...

I have been following your blog for what seems to be forever :) You have truly been an inspiration to many women out there including myself. Your honesty, integrity and true passion for everything you have and strive for in life is really something special. I always look forward to reading your blog when a new post rolls through. Wishing you a year you will never forget!

Jill said...

That's so awesome. I'm very happy for you.

I cannot wait to watch this all play out.

What a blessing.

Andrea said...

Words cannot describe how happy/thrilled/excited I am for you not only because I know this has been a desire of your heart for a long time but also because I know the UNEXPLAINABLE feeling it is to be at home with your children. I never ever ever take this opportunity for granted. If your heart is anything like mine, nothing else will give you a sense of accomplishment more than being with your babies and making your house a safe haven for your family.

Sarah said...

Way to go Leah! This will be amazing!

Sara said...

I am so happy for you Leah! Just know, that you give me the inspiration to someday be able to do the same. I am so very excited for you all! :-)

W said...

This is going to be a great year for you guys. You made a goal and stuck to it. Tough to do sometimes. I'll also be staying home after my baby is born in 3 months although I'll still be remote commuting a few hours a day. Still, nothing beats being home with your kids all day!

Megan said...

So amazing, Leah. I am over the moon excited for you. Such anticipation for what the Lord has planned for you guys!

Sarah said...

Leah, I am so proud of and happy for you! I am amazed by your hard work, but also amazed by God's glory and His work in your life. I am so happy we chose you as a wedding photographer and I feel like I've been with you on this journey since I've been reading Marital Bless since before you started photography (I still don't know how I ever found you, but I'm glad I did!). I know how much this means to you and I am so happy it is finally happening!

You are in our prayers!

Sarah Syhakhoun

Chelsea B. said...

This is incredible Leah!! I am absolutely delighted for you!! I can't wait for that day to get here NOW!!!!

Joi said...

So much to look forward to! I can't wait for the journey, Leah!

Kristal said...

So exciting and so much promise! I'm so thrilled for you guys and will be praying you to the finish line.

Tierney said...

I'm so happy to see how the year will unfold for you and your family! I am proud to call myself one of your clients!!! You are an inspiration!

Leslie G said...

That's amazing, Leah! Staying at home is a gift I will treasure forever, even when the memories of my children being young are long gone. Good luck to you this year!

Chris said...

So very exciting, Leah! I hope to one day be able to post a similar blog post. Congrats! Let's do this 2013.

Meredith said...

Yes, yes, yes! So excited to see all that this year brings for you guys. It's going to be amazing :)

Julie S. said...

Best of luck to you! YOU inspire me more than you know, and I can't wait to see what 2013 holds for you!

Bethany said...

Goosebumps! You CAN and WILL succeed my friend!

sierra said...

I've read your blog off and on for years. First, congrats on Baby #3!

Second, what an amazing feeling to be able to say these words! As a mom whose heart aches to be home with my baby, I can only imagine how you must feel with two little ones and another on the way. I am so happy that you've found a way to make it happen. Worth celebrating, for sure.

Tiffany said...

This is great!!! I'm so happy for you and your family!

dm said...

I have some awesome things "planned" for our 6-month session with C! Leah, you're amazing and I'm so excited for you. (and quite a bit jealous that you get to quit!)

 

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