Thursday, January 12, 2012

Contentment

Last week's return home initiated a jolting change of pace. I hate to say it, but I'm busy. The last few nights, I've debated whether to stay up and knock things off my list or head to bed to make me clear-headed for tomorrow. Sleep usually wins, and I thank myself the next morning.

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There are a lot of projects on my plate right now, but they are all important. They make me happy, and I'm not willing to give any of them up. I have learned so many times before not to stress--everything always works out. Jobs get finished, things get done.

Yesterday was nuts. The to-do list on the side of my keyboard began with a bulleted list and grew by the hour with scribbled add-ons and reminder notes. And so I did the only thing I knew to do--I walked away to spend an hour with my kids, the most effective motivation stimulant I know.

We took an afternoon bubble bath.

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Followed by a walk to the mountains.

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That one hour--that renewing break of stepping away from the list and into what matters most--replenished my balance and settled my uneasiness. Sometimes that's all it takes.

Photobucket Lainey's been "babysitting" Poppa's puppy, and it hasn't left her arms in two days.


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We are once again humbled and inspired by the momentum of generosity for Nella's 2 for 2 Fund. Thank you, sincerely, for your comments, for sharing, for giving. We (you!) raised $20,000 in 24 hours. Less than two weeks to go...let's keep it moving.

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And finally, a fun Thursday giveaway. I have a few galley copies left of Bloom. What's a galley, you ask? A galley is a pre-publication press copy that gets printed before a book's final edits and release. It's not as pretty as the real thing (the hardback "real" book will have over 100 full color photos printed throughout), but it's the story which is the most important part.

Three commenters on this post will be mailed a galley copy of Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected, and I'll write a little note in it for you. Nella read through it and approved it for release, so we're all good now. It's a go.

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Pre-order a copy of Bloom at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound or Books A Million.

We did this last year and I loved it, so tell me...if you had to focus on one word for 2012, what would it be?

Mine? Contentment. No matter what we are doing, how busy we are, what we have or don't have...I will be content in the moment.

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Jillian22 said...

First comment..woohoo! Thank you for all of your posts... cheering on for the 2 for 2 Fund! Love you all!

Jillian22 said...

P.S. Cannot WAIT to read Bloom!

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

I pre-ordered, but I'd love to read a Galley copy!

Jenn said...

One word...survival.

It is going to be a tough one this year...

Liz Stout said...

Nella is simply beautiful. LOVE the tub shots.

kelsie fennell said...

I absolutely LOVE your red pants, where did you get those beauties!

And my word for 2012--embrace.

Misty Pratt said...

I think my word will be "awareness"....taking time to stop, look around, and see how blessed I truly am. Even if I don't win, I'm looking forward to my pre-ordered copy of Bloom!! :)

Christian and Katie said...

My 2012 word...patience.
I'm looking forward to Bloom!

LJ said...

I love the picture of Nella "reading" Bloom. She is so cute! Congrats on your book.

Sarah B. said...

My word is self. I'm having my first baby in July and my goal is not to lose myself come December.

m.d.l. said...

My word for 2012 - discover!
And I would love to have a copy!

Ojibirish10 said...

Yay! I cannot wait to read it either, and the one of Nella with the book is BESTILL MY HEART fantastic!

Meagan Kenney said...

Laughter! 'Cause isn't that the best medicine? Laughter can fix anything. I stress too much, too often, and need to realize it's okay to slow down, relax and laugh a bit. Can't wait to read your book!

Charlotte Anne said...

My word for 2012 is survive and graduate. My mother passed away on New Years Day and I have one more semester of graduate school. I just want to graduate and make it through with most of my emotions still in tact!

Joanna said...

My word is "breathe". Last year, my word was "commit" and I over committed myself to too many things which took away from things that really mattered. This year, I want to sit back and breathe -- to take it all in and enjoy what I have in front of me. I want to breathe new life in to my family, my home, and my faith! Can't wait to see what 2012 will bring!

I also can't wait to read Bloom!

Julie Kelley said...

I so love reading your blog, and can only imagine how great Bloom will be!

Andreza Novaes said...

International readers can get a copy too?
If so, I would love to read it!

Siobhan said...

My word for 2012 - Breathe. Be in this moment and breathe.

Jessica said...

My 2012 word: Relax

2011 was one of the worst years of my life and while I am glad to see it's gone, its effects on me are lasting and I need to remind myself that I must let go...and relax.

Alicia said...

My 2012 word is definitely "blessings". If I've learned nothing in 2011 it's to focus on the wonderful things I've been given and forget about the rest. Thank you so much for sharing your life with the world!

Kate said...

One word: planning! Our wedding, our new house and maybe a puppy?

The Moench Family: Ian, Megan, & Maddie said...

One word for 2012 - Thankfulness! 2011 was such a hard one medically speaking for my 4 year old daughter that I just need to be thankful for each and every day we are given!!

Sarah said...

I for one can't wait to read Bloom. I am on the cusp of having two babies born into our home, and would love to have this as some late-night nursing reading!

Bonnie Spear said...

I am SO excited to read Bloom. Pick me! :)

Teri said...

My word: Patience. I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old and I constantly find myself struggling with this.

Amanda said...

Would love a copy of your book! Can't pick a word for the year- I really just want to enjoy my family.

Christine said...

courage ...to have the courage to do what needs to be done.

Cynthia said...

Oh my goodness! I would just looove a galley copy! How fun that your book will be here for all to see so soon?

My word for this year? Generosity.
A general reminder to do even more in all my relationships :)

Jenn Lauer said...

My word for the year is active. Not necessarily in the get-up-off-your-arse kind (although I'm sure that will be relevant often), but in the sense of participation rather than observation. Reading the books instead of hearing about them, crafting the crafts instead of just admiring the blog posts, playing the games instead of just suggesting they are played. I want to be active in my life.

Lauren said...

what kind of puppy is that? i don't blame lainey for snuggling it 24/7! i'd do the same.

i can't decide between trust or patience, which kind of go hand in hand. my favorite quote right now is: "trust yourself. you know more than you think you do."

Wendy said...

Would LOVE a galley copy! This year, my word would be "peace". Less stressing and anxiety, more peace in the moment and being happy with the "right now".

e Daly said...

Simplify - working getting rid of clutter and extra noise.

Sheri said...

oh I want to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

Poot & Boogie said...

If I had to pick a word for 2012 it would be "Breathe" Our life is a little chaotic, breathing helps!

Demi Brightside said...

One word: live.
I want to worry less, and live more.
Love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Megs said...

My word would be live! To remember to live each day to the fullest and to be happy and grateful with what I have. I love reading your blog and am inspired by your openness in sharing your life with everyone. I am counting down the days until your book is released. Congratulations on all your success.

rameelin said...

I love you and I love Nella:) You've inspired me in my journey with Mabel every day. Thanks for writing and being you!
Ramee*

Gina said...

Just one word??!! I'll steal yours - contentment. :-)

Rachael said...

Can't wait to get your book! Even better if I win a copy! My word for 2012: Strength.

Training for my first Marathon: April 15. I need the strength to never give up.

Mihaela said...

My word is present. As in being present. As in seeing, not just looking, listening, not just hearing, feeling, not just touching.

Charlie C UK said...

Very very excited for Bloom - posts are so inspiring as someone with a little one trying to juggle everything. they really help me get perspective.

carl and em said...

kelle you are seriously the cutest mom! i love reading your blog, you are so real and so sweet! love your little family!!

Ingrid said...

Kelle,
Why do I feel so proud when I see your book?? Must be cuz I love you....even tho we've never meant. Doesn't make any sense to me...but I'm proud of you none the less :)

Melissa C. said...

2012 word is DEFY.
I'd love to win a copy!!

Leslie Ruth Petree said...

My word for 2012 came to me on I-40 between Asheville and Knoxville, on that winding stretch in the Great Smoky Mountains:

Grace.

Grace for myself, grace for my husband, grace to enjoy and be aware of all the good gifts God has given me. It's all grace.

Lisa @ Heaven Sent said...

My word is "joy" for way too many reasons to list. But I've already scheduled a hectic year as far as work goes, so I am going to have to be intentional about it. I don't want to miss out on the joy as I try to get through the busyness!

My to-do list is extremely long this week... maybe an afternoon bubble bath with my girls is exactly what I need!

Melissa said...

One word: peace. I would like to focus on finding my inner peace. And I would love to win a copy of your book!

Tanie said...

I think my word this year will be "relax," I am unbelievably busy and stressed with work so far and I need to chill or this year is gonna be a nightmare!

Denise said...

Such a great word!

My word is "great". I read this on my friends blog today about someone who met a fabulous man and my friend was commenting on how lucky she was to meet such a wonderful man....she said...

"That is because I am GREAT and I deserve GREAT things....."

That really stuck with me....I will remember all year long that I am GREAT and deserve GREAT things, from myself, the world and others in my life.

Amy said...

OH my... I desperately want to win this!!!!
My word for this year is BADASS - no matter what I am doing, be badass at it!!

Jamie said...

ENJOY.
With two small children at home and my husband in pharmacy school, it gets difficult to stop and enjoy. Laundry can wait, phone calls can be put off, and pizza CAN be ordered haha. I want to enjoy these years because they are so fleeting. I want to enjoy my daughter learning how to dance. I want to enjoy my son learning how to build lego towers. I want to enjoy taking a break every day at 12:30 and watching my children nap. It puts life into perspective being able to stop and enjoy the things that really matter!

Kerith said...

one word...LOVE. love my Lord, love others, love myself. most importantly...love our new little bundle of joy who will be joining us any day now! :)

p.s. we were honored to donate to the 2 for 2 fund & donated in our new baby's name (Harper)...will put the print out of your blog post in her baby book since it was her "first donation"!

Steph said...

My word for 2012 would be "enjoy". I want to enjoy every moment with Owen before he heads off to preschool. I've been with him every day since he was born and have been to every appointment and every therapy session, but I haven't necessarily enjoyed it all. Now I will!
PS--LOVE the pic of Nella reading through "Bloom"....glad she approved!

Sarah said...

Hate to be a copycat, but my word for life (not just 2012) should be contentment. I need to be more appreciative of the wonderful blessings in my life and spend less time counting down to the next big excitement. It is something that I struggle with daily.
I would LOVE a copy of your book. Even if I don't win, I am getting a copy the minute it hits the shelves. I may even treat myself to a pre-order, if I can swing it! I can't wait to read it.
And as per the usual, beautiful post. Love the pic of Nella staring off, she looks so mature and wise....which I'm sure she is. Happy Thursday!

David and Courtney said...

joy! there is so much to be had and it's everywhere...if i just look. i'm focusing on finding the joy in whatever i do. wherever i am.

Alli said...

Rally. I will rally in my last year of college before becoming a special education teacher!

Lizzie said...

My word would be breathe....just take a minute .... breathe....reflect....center yourself...

Thank you so much for your words and your blog...as the parent of a child with down syndrome and autism you have captured what is really important in the world...
God Bless You! (wait he has).....

Sara said...

Serenity. Serenity with life's ups and downs, serenity with the everyday and day to day. Finding the time for things that give me serenity -- photography, knitting, etc.

Can't wait to read Bloom. :)

Christie said...

Our word this year is "Create"

Sarah said...

my word for 2012 is... "contentment" learning to be content with who I am, where I am in life...and enjoying every moment, not looking over my shoulder to compare to friends and others..but be content with what I have.

Lisa Johnson said...

My One Little Word for the year is H.O.P.E.:
*Heart Open, Please Enter
*Harnessing Optimism and Potential Everyday
*Harvesting Our Personal Efforts, etc.

http://lisa-marie-johnson.blogspot.com/2011/12/one-little-word-2012.html

♥ Thanks for such a generous and inspiring give away! ♥

Jenny said...

I cannot wait for Bloom to come out...as much as I adore your blog, I know I'll love the book 10 times more!

Lindsey Wolfe said...

Our word for 2012 - Better - live a better version of ourselves, better at working on our marriage, better at making memories for our babies, better at taking care of our hearts and our souls. I can't wait to walk down this path with my husband our 3 year old son and our new little baby girl. Will be fan-freakin-tastic!

MeganMR said...

My word for 2012 is BALANCE. I need to make sure I keep the balance with my life and family. It's not easy being a working Mom! I can't wait to read Bloom!

Life as the Mrs. said...

My word is "contentment." Being a newlywed and living in an apartment in Dallas, it's so hard to resist "Keeping up with the Jones's." I made a goal in January that my 2012 word/theme is contenment, and I'm going to try to stick with that!

I can't wait to read your book; pre-ordering ASAP!

*mae* said...

I would love to receive Bloom! Please please give one to me!

My one word mantra for 2012 is:

Positive.

No matter how stressful my life will be in 2012 - I will remain Positive.

Have a good one!

Team Lando said...

Joy! Choosing joy this year. Last year was too hard with surgeries and a fairly new prenatal diagnosis and too much good had "sad" mixed up in it.

And pretty please, I want the book? A lot! :)

HellcatJill said...

My one word for 2012 has to be JOY! There is joy to be found in everything, if we only just look--and I intend to do just that.

Megs said...

Faith. Not religious faith but faith in that we are doing the right things for our special babe and her challenges. Faith that our decisions that look crazy to most people will be good for us and our family. Faith that she WILL be ok because we have an awesome team working with us and have had an awesome team work with us in the past.

Shauna said...

well if Nella approved it than I absolutely must read it! We know she's got good taste :) I can't wait to read it!

Kelly said...

I cannot wait to read the book!! My word for 2012 is Faith. For so many reasons.

Kati said...

My one word is LOVE for this year -- seeing as I'm getting married in July! I cannot wait for this wonderful whirlwind life to begin!

Oh, and I'm totally going to be getting BLOOM. I need this in my life, I just know it!

Angie said...

I've already hinted to my husband that your book is what I have in mind for mother's day... but an early copy would be super SWEET.

susan said...

"Balance". I have a lot of stuff I need to get done and need to find the motivation to do it. I whether give my kids a afternoon bubble bath or play in the snow:) You have taught me to slow down and enjoy the small things but I also need to get stuff done. With four kids, husband and a house, friends it is hard to balance it all.

Mrs. Roy said...

My word for the year is "Blossom". AND I can not wait to read Bloom. I would love to receive a copy of it! Your blog has kept me inspired, present, and ready to Blossom!
Thank you!

Rachael said...

Ahh I can't wait to read Bloom! Especially now that it has Nella's seal of approval. My word is beginnings. Beginning grad school and life after my undergrad! :)

The Viehweg's said...

What adorable pictures! Would love to win an advanced copy.

Karen said...

I've pre-ordered Bloom! I received a B&N gift card for Christmas so this is perfect!

Blaire said...

Balance! Trying to keep everything in healthy moderation. Work time, family time, and play time! And, of course, some time to read "Bloom!" I can't wait.

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

one word.. for 2012....
embrace... embrace.. play..life..hands people...

Elisabeth said...

My word for the year...home. We are getting everything in line to buy our house and nothing is more important to me then the 3 amazing people I share this home with.

Can not wait to read Bloom!!!

sarah said...

My word is "time"~ To make time for the important things,reading books with the kids, counting stars, trips to the beach, making memories and spend less time on the not so important things, like work, and worries, and negative thoughts! Can't wait for your book!!! :)

Hillary said...

What a perfect post for today. I am so thankful and blessed for your blog which is a constant reminder to stop and enjoy the small moments of each day. My word for 2012 is "discern". This year I am discerning where I am called to be, and what I am called to do. I have a feeling this is something that will never end, but hopefully this year will provide some answers.

Cully said...

my word??? Trust.
I need to trust someone that I can get through not only this year but section of life.
Because this too shall pass.

LisaB said...

Mine would be time. Time to savor the moment. Quality time with my family. Time to get things done. And, it's time I read your book BLOOM! Congrats! I can only imagine how excited you are for it's release come Spring. Have a happy day. Thanks for sharing all you do with us readers. :)

Hinz fam said...

Oh how I long for an afternoon bubble bath! Can't wait to read Bloom! I'm sure it would be the perfect read in a bubble bath ;)

Lauren Chudzik said...

I love your blog and I know that the book will be even better! Can't wait to read it.

Kristen said...

balance would be our word for the year. But after seeing yours, I debated stealing that one too... :)

rosanne parket photography said...

Your blog has really taught me to live, laugh and love with ALL of my heart. Thank you. I've passed your blog on to a friend who recently had a little boy with that magical chromosome. She's inspired by you as well. Please continue to share your words of wisdom and beautiful photos.

Meagan said...

My word is "peace". I will work to find peace wherever I go and whatever I do! To show my girl that no matter what the world is doing, you can always find peace with yourself.

Nella looks to be a voracious reader and Lainey's maternal instinct is admirable at 4 years old!

Kelly Family said...

You have such a beautiful family! I'm hopeful for a new beginning.. A new year. I can't wait to read your book!

Lisa said...

Our word is "grateful" I am grateful for each and every moment. Just in general having an attitude of gratitude is what we are calling it at our house. :-)

nnylidoj said...

My one word is Patience! The pictures you took during your 1-hour break with the kids served the same purpose for me during this 5-minute break at work. Thank you Nella for bringing a smile to my face and helping me face the last half of my day.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on Nella's 2 for 2 - so beautiful to see the kindness and generosity from an entire world of people.

As we welcome a New Year, full of hope and promise, my chosen word is grace.

Grace under pressure, grace when my patience is tested, grace when the 3 year old demands Angry Birds at 4am, grace when the 1 year old won't give my boobs a moment's rest, grace when the 14 year old wears the same smelly jeans 2 weeks in a row, grace when there are dirty socks crammed down the couch, grace when bad drivers cut me off, I need some grace.

Karen said...

I am so excited for your book!

April & Michael said...

I am looking forward to your book! I can't get enough of your writing. You are a talent and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

esargent184 said...

"Thrive" I spent the end of 2011 feeling sorry for myself. Retrospectively I know I deserve better. 2012 is going to be all about embracing the changes in my life, good and bad, and thriving despite.

Rachel said...

Can mine be 3 words!!!? In this moment! It is the only way to live, but still, I have to remind myself of it every day! The the photo of Nella reading your book! :) Many blessings to you guys this year! Any day now, we will be welcoming baby #4! Our 2012 will be FULL!

affectioknit said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the 2 for 2 fund! That's AWESOME! ...and on the book publication that's awesome too! My word for 2012 is Peace...

Jenna said...

I can't wait to read Bloom!! My one word would also be contentment...that is something I need to remember daily. I am blessed with so much but yet I always find myself wanting more. I started thinking I need to me more content right around Christmas. Let's just hope I can keep it up all year and forever!!

Kristen said...

My word for this year is happy :o) and excited! Can't wait to read bloom!

Mariska said...

My word for 2012: cherish.

Realizing my girls grow up so fast and I want to cherish these moments with them, just somehow 'store' it so that I won't forget. Not stress out about stuff, but enjoy my time with them...

Unknown said...

GRATITUDE is my word....you can bet that your blog is on my list xoxo Kristin in Phoenix

Jen said...

My word for 2012 is RELAX!

Melissa said...

I love the picture of Nella reading Bloom and I would love to win a copy of it!

One word for this year-peace. Peace within myself, my choices and the choices other people make.

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Megan said...

My word? Fulfillment.

I can't wait to read Bloom. And I love the picture of Lainey holding poppa's pup...and Nalle looking at the mountain.

happymommy said...

Oh, I would LOVE a Galley copy of Bloom!!!! I have been basically counting down the days until the book is released! My word for 2012...Peace.....I need to be at peasce with what I have and what I am doing in life because it is good, real good and sometimes I forget that when I'm all wrapped up in a moment. Peace it is!!!

Barb said...

Contentment, absolutely.

Megan said...

My word? Fulfillment.

I can't wait to read Bloom. And I love the picture of Lainey holding poppa's pup...and Nalle looking at the mountain.

ann said...

Just stumbled on your blog yesterday and I love it! My word for 2012 is SAVOR! Savor every moment with my family. Life just seems to be going by so quickly.

Lea said...

My word: hope. We've had a few disappointments lately, and a boost of hope will do me good. :)

Mandy said...

I would LOVE to have a copy of your new book! I just love reading your blog and seeing pictures of your precious girls. You are so inspiring. You are so right about being content in the moment. It doens't matter how big my to do list is, it will never be more important than spending time with my little girl.

B. Holmes said...

Healthy, would have to be my word for this year. I think it's time to loose the "baby weight" afterall he turned 4 yesterday! Ha, ha (yeah it's time). I will be reading your book for sure one way or another...

Sara said...

My word for the year is inspire!

Christina said...

My word is spontaneity.

Amber said...

I would have to say that my word too would be content. I will be content with what I have, right this very second and not hope away the future days, weeks, months. I only have a little while before this little family grows from 3 to 4 and I am so happy and thankful for that but I want to be "content" that life will go as it should and I am along for the ride. I am so excited to read your book!!

Jennifer Segara said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Love your blog. Can't get enough of it!

Jamie said...

My word for the year is "finish". Would love an early copy of that book of yours to finish!

Kait said...

Present. Living in it; no regret for the past and not too much focus on the future.
Looking forward to reading your book!

Charlotte's Momma said...

My word for 2012 is LEARN-in a little more than 2 short months, I will be a first time momma to a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome. The prospect of parenthood both excites and terrifies me at the same time! Lots to learn this year!

Courtney Anderson Photography said...

cannot wait to sink into bloom!! i have many words that i can think of but the one that stands out the most is faith!

YeamieWaffles said...

As always these photos are absolutely adorable. Contentment is something we should all strive for, I'm glad you guys have it!

Courtney said...

My one word for 2012 is Family. I am recent married and moved to a new house which we are making into a home day by day. I can't wait to see how our Family looks a year from now!

Unknown said...

My first time commenting. I love the pictures of the girls, they are inspirational.

I have enjoyed following along over the last few years, I know you will succeed in this years goal.

My word is Joy - I actually decided on this word yesterday, which has prompted this comment. I want to discover the Joy in everything.

Jenn said...

I always look forward to reading your posts, they remind me to stay grounded and not beat myself up when things don't go as planned. Finding balance is so important. I look forward to reading your book!

Bethany said...

my one word for 2012 :: soak. too many times i find myself moving through the motions without really soaking everything up.

the picture of nella in the bathtub - holy eyes! just beautiful.

happy thursday!

Kristin said...

Bubble Baths - one of the best things!! I so enjoy them!!

I cannot wait to read Bloom!

My word is - family..as my husband & I hope to start our family this year :)

Amy Kosmalski said...

Must have a copy in hands immediately............PLEASE!!!!!!! I am so willing to beg for a copy...for real! My 2012 word? Give. Not just giving back or giving to others, but giving more to those around me - my attention, my love. Giving myself much more in return by giving to others. xoxo

Lorena M said...

My word for 2012 is healthy. I want us to be healthy, eat healthy, my kids are growing and I want happy healthy kids and it starts with my husband and I.

I loved all your vacation photos, we tried to get away locally to find some snow, but we found no snow, so we hiked around the beautiful lake and got to do things we usually can't when there is snow.

Too Much Good said...

While I have preordered on my Nook, I would love an early copy of Bloom! My word for the year is change: allowing myself to step into this season of change for my family with peace and an open heart.

Kristin said...

Gratitude is my word..and your blog is at the top of my list. xoxo kh

genderist said...

Adventure!

Ashley said...

My word would be Happy.

joeltrista said...

Laid back. I don't want to stress over the small things, enjoy more time with my baby and cherish every minute I have with her!

Andrea said...

I am just settling down to write a blog about picking direction and the decisions I face right now in determining how to do that. Reading Bloom I am sure would provide some much needed inspiration and wisdom. Can't wait to read it!

Carmon said...

I can't wait to read Bloom... So glad its been Nella approved :)

b said...

My one word for 2012 is: Authentic. I've been this and that for everyone else and it is time to be me.

Kathryn said...

I cannot wait to read your book! My word this year is CHANGE!

danielle =) said...

Contentment. . . I like it!

kristen said...

my word better, we can always strive to be better! A better mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend.....
i cant wait to read your book, not going to lie i am not a huge reader it has to be a really good book to get me excited, and i am super excited to read your book. you inspire me as a photographer as a wife and as a mother, i love getting to know you through your blog and cant wait to read more about your life in your book.

Niki said...

I can't wait to read Bloom!!!
<3

curtsgrl said...

My word would be breathe. Just breathe, sometimes it's all you need to regain focus.

Rach said...

Oh yay! Im looking forward to reading it.

Lizzie Ann Designs said...

Mine would be "take in the moment" so many times I'm thinking what I'm going to do the next day instead of concentrating on what I have now. Love this blog and
Love the pictures you take of your little ones...they are something special and so cute!

Chelle Belle said...

Oh I would LOVE to get a galley copy of Bloom, I have been wishing it was out already because I really need it right now. My twins have both been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I am stuck in grief. I need to figure out how to get past that and move forward to find the things that will help them, to fight for them, and to try to enjoy even the bad moments because I don't want to waste their little lives grieving. So I guess that in a word would be Rising, rising above the grief, the ashes, rising to the challenge etc. I can't wait to see your book in April!!! Thank you for sharing your life with us readers, I so look forward to your posts!

kaceyw said...

I can't wait to read Bloom! My word - appreciate. I want to focus on not letting the stress take over and really just appreciate my family and the simple things in life.

Jenna said...

My 2012 word(s): "Patience" all will fall into place in their own time. Until then.... enjoy the "moment"

Sarah said...

One. I want to focus on one student at a time, one friend at a time, one camper at a time, one Young Life girl at a time. I want to be fully present in the moment with that one person and give them my full attention.

Heather said...

My one word: Present. I just want to be fully present and in the moment. The to do lists can wait; the sun will still come up tomorrow. Thank you for helping me stay true to the goal and the path.

Mary Beth said...

My one word - peace. In my heart, in my actions, in my words... Can't wait for Bloom!

Sandra said...

Hi Kelle!
I'm sure you'll make it through this busy season beautifully and gracefully!
I've commented a few times before but have never told you, as countless others have, that you have inspired me in so many ways. I've become passionate about photography because of your beautiful knack for catching the small moments. I've learned a new love for writing I never knew I had. And last, I love what you are doing for those with Down Syndrome - for your daughter. I am rooting for Nella and all those with that extra chromosome! Its not enough to say it, but thank you.
So, anyway, my one word? Confidence. I'm making my way into uncharted territory and it can be scary and intimidating, yet SO very exciting! So, I'm making a daily commitment to choose to have confidence in myself, push my fear aside, and just GO for it!
Thanks, Kelle. I can't wait to read Bloom!! I'm so excited for you to have your book released. Congratulations.

kathy said...

My word is the same as last year's....GRACE! But, I do love your word too. Look forward to reading your book....blessings!

marinj said...

Can't wait to read Bloom! I love the picture of Lainey hugging the little dog, so adorable! My word for the year would have to be peace. Peace for my soul, my decisions, my life. I keep watching Nella's 2 for 2 page and am getting excited at seeing the numbers move everytime I get on. :)

the "G" fam said...

My word is relax! I always take life too seriously. Beautiful pictures as always & I can't wait to read Bloom!! :)

Ashlee said...

one word: SIMPLIFY

I would love to get my hands on your book before everyone else!! =)

Renee said...

I so know how you feel these days! Everything is so busy for me, but I made sure to take almost a full hour the other night to just hold and rock Arya. It was the best feeling ever and I'm making a concious effort to do it more offten. I would LOVE a copy of Bloom now!!! I've can't wait for it to be released so I can start reading it. My husband asked me why I want a book, I don't read books. I said this one is by my favorite blog friend Kelle, you better believe I'm going to read this one!!!

My one word to focus on for 2012 is Family. I'm making it a point to spend as much good quality time with my huaband and Arya as I can. The house will always need to be cleaned and chores will always need to be done, but time does not stand still, so I don't want it to slip away from me. I don't want to be old and wish that I'd made more time for my family. :)

Kathy said...

My word is balance!

Laurel said...

Peace. A close cousin to contentment . . . I choose peace amidst the craziness! Now to remember that choice the whole year thru . . . that's the challenge.

tan32 said...

Love your blog. I have been quietly following for nearly 2 years now. and am always amazed at you and how you deal with things.

My word for 2012 is FOCUS because I need to focus.

Would also love a copy of your book :)

Laurel said...

Peace. A close cousin to contentment . . . I choose peace amidst the craziness! Now to remember that choice the whole year thru . . . that's the challenge.

JenniferLayne said...

my one word...purposeful

can't wait to read Bloom!!!

Are you sure we're learning here? said...

Savor~ I am going to savor it all: the birth of (probably) my last kiddo...#3, the beginning of our homeschooling adventure (my oldest is starting kindergarten), and my super rowdy and fun little man who makes me smile & pull my hair out ;o)

Would love one of those galley copies!

Jen G.

Bea, OT said...

I'm new to your blog...I found you through Babble's top 100...Congratulations!

I've started blogging because my son suffered a stroke the day of birth. He's doing great at 9 months and I'm so thankful. Sites like yours, remind me of the joy of parenting...even if our child may be special.

My word is Love. I think love conquers a multitude of problems. I'm juggling my own illness, single parenting, my son's therapy, and preparing for a large move. So love for my son, my sister, and myself...will hopefully get me through in one piece.

Sarah said...

Faith- Sometimes I need to remind myself that I cannot be in control of everything and that I need to trust and have faith that everything will work out. We all have our highs and our lows and we always make it through. Sometimes, it is easier to focus on the bad though. I guess it is just something I need to work on...

trinity said...

I believe I'll go with Contentment as well. 2011 was full of so many changes and in 2012 I really just want to focus on moving forward and being content. Grief from loosing my brother comes and goes, frustrations of being a newlywed pick at me from time to time - but I will be content. I will be fully present. I will thrive!!!!

The Smiths said...

Always love your posts. And, cannot WAIT to read BLOOM!

one son+one daughter='s our happy ever after said...

My word for 2012 would be "acceptance"....to accept wherever you are each day in this journey we call life ;)

michellemybelle said...

ooh early copies of the book! i'd love to get my hands on it. although i'm still gonna order a regular copy cause i love me some pictures.

that puppy is adorable!! is it a poodle?

Amanda said...

My word would be love. I'm going to spend this year working on loving everything amazing and great that life has to offer. I'm very, very excited for this year, and to read Bloom! :)

Tia said...

My one word? Challenge! I am going to challenge myself all the live long year.

Can't wait to read the book, rather I get it here or buy my own copy.

xo from Cleveland!

Tonja Keene said...

My word is simply "family." I'm a single mom with a 2 year old daughter and sometimes I feel sorry for us that we don't have a real family. But we are a real family. And I will treat us that way and make sure that throughout this year and always she feels/knows that we ARE a family! Just us two!

As always, I love the post :)

Courtney said...

My word of the year is going to be balance. That will be especially important and difficult for me this year, as I just found out that I am expecting #2 right around my son's second birthday. I have already asked my husband to get me Bloom for Mother's Day, but I would be delighted to get it in advance. I can't get enough of your posts. Thank you!

Jen said...

would absolutely love a copy... however I'm headed to Naples for Easter- maybe you will have a book signing around that time when it is released??
My 2012 word- ENJOY- hoping to just enjoy each day and watching my daughter grow and learn (she's 16 mos old)
looking forward to seeing what you come up with for Nella's birthday :-)

Michelle said...

My word would be satify. I want to be satisfied with whatever comes my way, and not stress so much over things I cannot control...Let it be!
Can't wait to see the book...Love the photo of Nella reading! Both girls are just dolls!

Melissa said...

The pictures of Lainey and Poppa's puppy melt my heart! So much love!

Angela said...

Cannot wait for Bloom!
My word of 2012 is EMBRACE.
Going to embrace each and every moment and make them count.

dldhome said...

"Anticipation" just waiting to see what unfolds this year...

Sharon H said...

My one word is thankful. Sometimes the fast pace of this life makes me forget all that I truly have to be thankful for.

P.S. I wish Bloom was available like yesterday!

Natalia said...

Breathe is my word for 2012. Cliche, maybe, but I'm not above cliches! :)

Looking forward to reading your book, whether I win it or not!

Just the Two of US said...

my word is peace, I need peace in my life for the things that have happened.

I'm dying to have that book, count me in kelle hampton!

wendy said...

My word for the year is "YES". I need to knock fear out of the way and say yes to more things in life!

Shell said...

been following your blog for nearly two years now. would love to have a copy of bloom. oh, my word is selflessness. :)

Gina said...

I love your Blog so much, it inspires me to slow down and take life as it comes and not get stressed out by the small things (which I really do alot)!!! this year I'm going to work on that :) and hopefully have a much happier outlook on things, don't get me wrong i'm thankfull everyday for the things I do have need to stop worrying about the things we don't it will all work out :)

Thank you for being such an inspiriation to so many people and I can't wait for the book to come out :)

Kim Graham said...

I love your blog! Your words have a way of speaking to my heart. It's like good medicine for the soul. :)

kristinab said...

Can't wait to read Bloom. My 2012 word would be persevere. This is the last year we will have early intervention in home. This is the first year my little love will be in day care. I am trying to get through all the though decisions I have to make.

Sarah Goddard said...

Cannot wait to read Bloom!! I love reading your blog!! We were blessed last July with our sweet lil girl who also has alil something extra!!!

MyCastleIsFull said...

Love the afternoon bubble bath pictures!! I wish I could fit in the tub with my 4 kiddos to do that. I can't wait for the book to come out!

Laura

Stephanie said...

Word for the year...stop. Stop and enjoy the moment instead of constantly planning our next move.

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

One word: Hope. Because with hope comes peace.

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

I love this and everything about this post.

Tanja H said...

My word is "beautiful". Because, life IS beautiful...even when it sucks.
Excited about your book!!!

SMM said...

Perseverance

I miss teaching so desperately it is painful. The market is saturated with qualified, unemployed educators, and I am one of many desperate for a job. Many days I want to give up, but my passion is students--teaching students. I need to persevere and remind myself what my dad always says, "It is going to work out for you punkin, it is going to work out and you will be fine."

Can't wait to read Bloom (galley copy or not), I am thinking of recommending it to my book club (i.e. wine club with a book we read), and a galley copy would help! :)

Love your blog...truly. Even as a non-mom!

Mary O said...

I can't wait to read your book!

Jessica said...

Savor. I'm learning to live more in the moment and savor the little things - like their smiles, their giggles, their drawings, their heartbeat, their thoughts, their accomplishments, as well as my own! Each day, each moment, each breath is a blessing and I can not take that for granted. I am in love with the pics of Nella and your book & Lainey with the puppy.

Shauna said...

I think contentment says it all. The one words wraps it all up in a pretty little bow. Would love to get a jump start on reading your book! Have a Happy Weekend!

The Pierce's said...

I cannot wait to read your story! The grace of God is truly a beautiful thing.

Kelly said...

One word: Aware

I have a 22 month old little boy, and baby sister is due in April. I want to be aware of every second I have left with Karson as an only child...and aware of every moment baby sister joins us...and every moment I have TWO littles in my house.

Jessica E. said...

It is so ironic that you asked about "word of the year today"... I have my word (phrase) of 2011 on a necklace around my neck (peacefully balanced) and caught a glimpse of it in the mirror this morning and have been thinking ever since of what my word of 2012 should be... and I think it will be SPARKLE! To sparkle from within & in each moment.

Amy said...

I love the huggy picture of Lainey and the pup...awwwdorable! My word for 2012 is BELIEVE.

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