Little Miss Austyn turned ONE just a few days ago. What a blessing it is that I’ve been able to spend an entire year with her! I know her daddy is looking down on her, his heart swelling with pride. What a girl, what a gift… what a miracle she is!
I work everyday on being an awesome mom to our little girl. Coming to terms with the new label “Single Mom” has been interesting for me. But, most of the time, I don’t think of myself as a widow or as a single parent. Most of the time I just think of myself as incredibly and undeniably BLESSED. I was blessed with every moment I got to spend with Nick and I am blessed with every moment I have now with Austyn. I think I’m getting closer and closer to understanding what it means to live in the moment and truly be grateful with whatever it is we have. Every time I think I have life figured out, I find that I have more to learn. Every moment can teach, if you let it.
Here’s my current mantra: Be PRESENT. Be GOOD. Be BRAVE. I think if we strive for these three things, there isn’t much God can’t use us for.
So, little Austyn Elizabeth… Be present. Be good. Be brave. Oh… and have a happy first birthday!
Here’s a few photos we shot on lil A’s birthday. Got to do a fun photo shoot the day after and I guarantee the lighting will be better! Ha! Will update with the pro pics soon! :]