It’s been awhile since my last post. Unfortunately the holidays found me traveling, working and taking care of a sick husband. But it’s time to deliver what I promised…

The additional things I am thankful for coincide with my New Year’s resolutions (if one must call them that, I prefer to think of them as words to remember in the new year).

1) I have been reducing my stress level as stress is a luxury I no longer have while I joyful grow ten little fingers and ten little toes.

2) While I have a great excuse to gain weight, I will not give up eating healthy. Eating healthy is also a great way to ensure those ten little fingers and ten little toes are healthy too! In addition to eating healthy, we became YMCA members and have already started using the pool to keep in shape during these cold Wisconsin winter months. I intend to thoroughly use this membership and am looking into prenatal yoga classes.

3) Dream big, wish often and love lots. I am definitely doing a lot of this as, yep you guessed it, our first child is due July 4, 2011. We are dreaming of the day we get to meet our beautiful baby (especially since we will not be finding out if it is a boy or girl until s/he arrives), wishing for him/her to be healthy and happy, and loving our little one with all our hearts.

So far 2011 is starting off better than 2010, although it is still to soon to be sure. We rang in the new year at the Ephraim Moravian Church for a late night service followed by a pancake “breakfast” after midnight. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin this year than by thanking God for the gifts he has given us and asking him to help us navigate this new year and new adventure in our lives. While I am still trying to make the best of last year, I am truly looking forward to stepping out of that negativity this year. I wish all the best to you and yours as we continue to grow throughout the new year. Happy 2011!