Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wipe the slate clean...

I'd like to take this time to wipe the slate clean. To start 2010 with fresh eyes and an open heart.

I had to take a small hiatus from my blog. To be honest it was more like a small hiatus from my life.

2009 has been the toughest, strangest and most rewarding year I have EVER had. When I started this blog my original intention was to post things about home decor, parties for every occasion and a little bit of fashion for my fellow 30 somethings. That quickly took a back seat to posts about my troubles with anxiety and all things children.

Not a bad thing but, not my original plan. My goal was a "place of my own" where I was Angie. Not Angie the Wife, Mother, Maid, Personal assistant, Taxi driver, Chef.

( I'm lying about the Chef part)

I spent most of 2009 struggling with my feelings about all of my roles. I wasn't devoting enough time to certain ones and too much time to others. I struggled with all the different types of relationships in my life.

Those weren't my only concerns though. In the beginning of 2009 my husband was laid of from his job of 15 years. The job that allowed us a very nice life style for the last 10 years. The job we thought would never end.

No longer being able to enjoy the extras is one thing. Not sure how your going to feed your children is another.

I'll be honest, I was mad about the first. Until it got bad enough that the second was our reality. Some how by the grace of God, family and friends we managed to make it through.

I know "make it through" doesn't sound like much but to be honest I really don't want to relive most of what 2009 had to offer nor do I think you really want to read about it. I will say, that through the toughest time in my family's lives, we found a closeness we had never had before. And best of all a relationship with God.

2009 was the year we all learned to stop and smell the...







I learned that there is nothing I wouldn't do for these guys...



I learned that "just being Angie" wasn't who I was anymore. As long as I found a nice balance then being Angie the wife, mother and so on would no longer be roles I would try to run from. They would be roles I would embrace.



In the end- there really was more good than bad.

So here's to a 2010 filled with God, Family, Friendship, Happiness and anything else you need in your life. And if need be, here's your chance to wipe the slate clean.

Happy New Year from the Treasure's Household!

20 comments:

Susie said...

Oh my friend. You are so great! Your honesty is awesome. We are in the same boat. Money troubles, work troubles, but trying to focus on the love and life we have created with our two littles. This last year was a year of hard lessons, and learning to "just get by" for us too but like you said..I am looking at that clean slate and feeling optimistic. 2010 will be a great year.

Room to Inspire said...

This was a crazy year and I must agree, we are all only closer due to the highs and lows. I am excited for the new year and know it will be great! Happy New Year Angie!

Chelsea

Mom2AngelBoys said...

I love you Ang! You inspire me so much!
I am so thankful and blessed that I have you in my life!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Awww... what a year! I had no idea, but of course that is a lot to have on one's plate... a clean slate sounds good!

So glad I got to blog meet you and I look so forward to getting to know you better. You always make ME smile!!

Blessings,
Sasha

Kristin said...

I hope 2010 is full of happiness and blessings for you and your family! I am psyched to welcome the new year and see what wonderful things it has in store!!

The Blythe Blog said...

This made me cry...it was so nice to hear what is on your heart. I love you very much...I'm here WHENEVER you need me!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a beautiful post Angie! I love that you allowed God to move in your life when you were not feeling your best. Sometimes that's when God does His best work on us...I would know..smiles~

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Im glad you are going to give that sign a shot..hehe. I hope you share with us when you get yours painted. Take care~

Lissa said...

you know what! You're absolutely right. even for me there was more good than bad. thank you for helping to remember the positive. I'm sorry about your husband' job. that stinks. But I love that you all dove into God! I love this post and I LOVE seeing the gorgeous family photos!

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

Happy New Year! What a great way to look at starting 2010!

Renee Finberg said...

angie,
i love that family portrait.
you are all beautiful.

you sound like you know what your'e doing
'in life.'

xx happy new year xx

Grace Like Kelly said...

How inspiring are you, I needed to read that, it puts into perspective for me what im going through and how self inflicted I am making it...you are my inspiration. Thank you for sharing that! I hope that you do find the balance and keep it and I hope that you never lose who you are. Im so excited to share 2010 with you and all the amazing possibilities.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope 2010 is a great year for you and your family. I know the feeling about having a ideal about your blog and then it turning into something else. When I started my blog I was not going to ever get personal....now I do all the time...lol

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You would not believe how bad my laundry room is and it is all my sweet husbands doing... I came home a few years ago to not one, but two deer heads in there... I would have demanded that they be removed but I fear where they might go. I am sure I win on the worst...

AVY said...

Good idea, new years is all about starting over.

Dawn said...

Angie..I love this post...and I love seeing your beautiful family!!! Cheers to 2010!

Shelle said...

just followed over from humble pie...i do hope you have a better year...we've been going thru this the past 18 years, but i still haven't found what you seemed to have.

junkgarden said...

That was a great post and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your support on my blog. Your family is beautiful, you are gorgeous, and your outfit is adorable!! I hope you have a wonderful 2010.

From one Angie to another.....cheers!

Ruby said...

I relate on so many levels....from not being who I once was, not just from what the year of life held for us from 2008-2009 and still is in 2010, but also from being at odds when suddenly I was an empty nester, new to an area going through a horrible times with no friends to lean on that were close by and because of everything my chronic health issues taking their toll ...but it has changed me in positive ways, made me stronger ...well most days....and made me value the most important things in my life all the more....now no matter how bad it gets I always look forward to what might be ahead...it is an adventure and I am ready....you will be too.

scrapwordsmom said...

I appreciate your honesty here, Angie. Very nice post. So happy for you guys that your husband and you found a job!! I can't imagine. Owning our business is super stressful (especially no) I am so thankful that Blogger is FREE!!;)

Leslie