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#WEverb11: Favor

12 Dec

For #WEverb11, I’ve decided to only write about the prompts that really strike a chord with me, to alleviate a bit of pressure. Today’s prompt is:

What was your favorite month of 2011? Why did it beat out all 11 other months?

This one is tough, but really forced me to think carefully and that’s why I like it. So many amazing things happened this year, but my favorite month was probably May.

In May, I did my first round of clomid and we got our BFP! I’ll never forget that morning when I screamed and made my husband get out of bed to come see. He thought I had seen a spider in the bathroom and was annoyed at first, until he realized why I was freaking out. 

That weekend, I was in my good friend Laura’s wedding.

The next day, my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary at a really fancy restaurant.

We talked about our baby and just had an amazing night. We were so happy and in love. I’ll treasure that memory forever.

Why would I consider May my favorite month if it’s also the same month we lost our first pregnancy? Because we made it though stronger than ever. When it happened, we both called in sick, I cried for an hour, and then we went out to breakfast. I didn’t sink into severe depression, I held my head up and leaned on my husband and we found strength in each other. These are the things that bind us together. These are the experiences that shape us as human beings. 

This is the month I also nailed my demo lesson for my new job. The school I applied to is one I’ve wanted to teach at since I was in high school, but I never thought I’d be good enough. Once I realized that I wowed them in the demo lesson, I found a confidence I never knew I had. It was empowering and a little scary. And as you know, I got the job!

My favorite month isn’t the month where everything went my way, but it’s the month where I believe I grew the most this year. I’ll never forget the things that happened that month and I’m glad about that. I don’t want to forget the hard times, I want to remember, learn, and grow.

#WEverb11: One Word

3 Dec

I attempted #reverb10 last year, but didn’t finish and it made me sad. This year, my online buddy Kimberly Michelle decided to create #WEverb11 for this year since reverb isn’t coming back. Since I can’t commit to posts every day and it gives me anxiety, I love that a whole week’s work of posts go up at once so I can participate without feeling like a failure if I fall behind.

Prompt #1: One Word

Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why. Imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?

This was the same prompt for reverb’s first day last year. It was fun to look back at what I wrote. Last year my word was “rollercoaster” (I cheated and made two words into one) and I wanted this year’s word to be “peace”.

I wouldn’t say that “peace” encapsulates 2011 for me, but it’s close. I’d say the best word for this year is:


So many exciting thing have happened this year. We were on Secrets from a Stylist with Emily Henderson and our living room went from this:

to this:

photo by Laure Joliet

We started fertility medication and got pregnant on the first try:

and celebrated our second wedding anniversary:

Unfortunately, we lost the pregnancy soon after, but we made it through together. We had an incredible mini vacation to Big Sur and San Francisco:

and conceived again:

I started a new job at my dream school and adjusted to a whole new world of teaching.

We heard our baby’s heartbeat for the first time:

saw it’s little face on an ultrasound:

and found out it’s a boy!

It doesn’t get more exciting than that, right?

For next year, I know my word will be “love”. So much love is coming our way…