I have some seriously mixed emotions about starting a new year. 2018 was a great year for us, and a part of me is sad to see it go. Most of this sadness is stemming from the fact that it means our littlest will turn ONE and our biggest will turn FOUR. (I’m sorry, wuuuuut. I’m going to have a four year old in 2019? Is this real life? I still have to call my mom to ask if I can microwave tin foil. How am I supposed to raise a four year old?!) Both of which I can’t even believe. 2018 brought so many special memories for our family, including our pregnancy with B, our final months as a family of three, countless special times with A in preparation for her departure from only child status, B’s birth, the newborn days, returning to work, and celebrating another magical holiday season. I know for many 2018 was a tough time, and it has really put everything into perspective for us as we’ve watched several close friends deal with some really, really hard things. Terrible, unfathomable things. But, I can truly say 2018 may have been one of our best years yet, and 2019 is going to have big shoes to fill. I pray it’s a good one, and I pray that for those whose 2018 was less than ideal, that 2019 is your best year yet.
As I spend some time reflecting back on the past year, I thought I’d share my favorite (unsponsored) blog posts from 2018. Ok, it’s a bit more than 12, most months I couldn’t pick just one! This blog has become a family diary of sorts, a creative outlet, and even sometimes a source of personal therapy. I’m loving looking back at all these posts, but finding myself so confused as to how time could possibly pass so quickly. I swear most of these moments happened, like, yesterday. I’m sure I sound like a broken record at this point. Maybe I need a new phrase for “wah wah wah time passes so quickly and I’m so sad about it meh.”
It’s no surprise that the majority of these posts center around pregnancy, and little guy’s impending arrival. 2018 was a major year for our family, and brought with it a lot of conflicting emotions as we processed such a huge change headed our way. We soaked up our time with A to the fullest extent, learned that parenting a 2.5 year old is not for the faint of heart but it sure is sweet and really freakin’ cute, endured a pregnancy that wasn’t exactly a walk in the park, struggled with the idea of welcoming a baby BOY, and then were overcome with love for that same baby boy we were so nervous about meeting. We also worked hard to transition into a family of four as seamlessly as possible, though it was easier said than done. All in all, 2018 you were good to us, and taught us a lot. You blessed our family in more ways than one, and stretched us even more. Even though it was a challenge at times, 2018 was a beautiful year for the Ingles. I could not love my people more, even if I tried.
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Literally the entire MONTH
What was your favorite post of mine from this year?