Today's task is to show you a picture of myself from last year, and then talk about how I've changed since then. First of all, finding a photo of myself around this time last year has proven to be a task in and of itself. I am our family's photographer. I found hundreds of pictures of my 4 children, and several photos of my husband, parents, in-laws, siblings, etc. Photographs of me? Not so many. I did come across my all time favorite photo of myself, and it was taken just over a year ago (13 months ago, to be exact).
This photo was taken the day after my youngest son was born (10/10/10). I was basking in the glow that is motherhood. I wouldn't say that I look my best in this photo, but I do love the expression on my face. I am filled with pure joy and I can't fathom the idea of ever having to take my eyes off this precious baby boy.
Since then, I have changed a little. My hair is much longer now. I've lost all that extra baby weight. I am no longer a student, because I graduated 7 months after this photo was taken. I'm also no longer employed because I was laid off about 6.5 months after this photo was taken. This past year has been full of ups, not so full of downs (I know...the layoff might be considered a down to some, but it was a huge blessing to me). I didn't think it would be possible, but I'm actually happier today than I was on the day this photo was taken. I've been able to focus my energy on watching my youngest learn and grow. I haven't missed any of those important firsts...rolling over, smiling, first tooth, crawling, first steps, first words...I've been able to be here with him for all of it.
To see the full list of the daily challenges, see this POST.