My 2013 in One Picture

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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I could choose a picture capturing the thousands of miles I traveled this year to Atlanta, Nashville, FloridaChicago, Colorado, Cozumel, Seattle, and Oklahoma. I could select an image that captures the miles and miles I logged while training for my first half marathon and my fourth full marathon. I could you show you a picture of the 15 books and zillions of standardized testing questions I edited (I almost fell asleep writing that). I could show you all the photos of the 83,745 (yes, I counted) DIY projects Grahm and I completed this year for our first home. 

But honestly, none of that other stuff seems to matter as I look back at the last 365 days of my life.  It all fades so quickly away. Only one thing, one little person who likes to kick and poke around inside my belly, can truly vivify what my 2013 was all about...
I love this picture that I took one crazy day at the end of May, because even now--8 months, 40 pounds, and several stretch marks later--I'm still that girl completely elated and terrified out of her mind. I'm no longer holding sticks I just peed on, but I still have that deer-in-the-headlights look; I'm still full of questions; and I'm still overjoyed out of my little mind at the miracle we've been so very blessed with.

Sawyer Marie, my tiny girl, you have yet to make your grand entrance into the world, but you have already made a huge impact on your mamma and daddy's year and more importantly, our hearts. 
Can you come meet us already?



25 comments:

P!nky said...

Such a fun picture, love it!

I have a bazillion pictures on my blog today regarding this year....darn!

Becky said...

I love the picture and this link up! I may have come up with a quick post so I can join :)

I'm going to re-read all your marathon posts now that I have mine coming up in March!

Vicki Angel said...

Love your picture of 2013 ... I'm really not sure what I'd choose! Wishing you and your family all the best for 2014, and for the safe arrival of baby girl very shortly! :)

Love & NYE Kisses xoxo

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A Thousand Words said...

this is so sweet! I love that picture

Whitney Alison said...

I love that picture! It captures that feeling so well. I remember it :) I can't wait to blog meet your little girl when she gets here!!!

Katie said...

This is such a fun idea! I love this picture. Can't wait to see miss Sawyer. When is she due? Most likely you've told us this but I have crazy holiday/work brain and remember nothing.

Holly said...

Love it :) Happy 2014!!!

Alexa said...

Yes yes yes! When you emailed about the link-up, I knew for a fact this was the picture you were going to use! :) You are too cute and I love the emotion in this photo. 2013 was such a big year for you and you're blessed beyond measure. So happy for what 2014 holds for the Roach family, and can't wait for that sweet baby girl to make her appearance!!

Happy New Year, beautiful friend!

Kalen said...

Ahh 8 months! So close girl! Thanks for the link up, happy new year!!

Whitney H said...

This is seriously the best picture ever. I have no idea how I'll react when that time comes, but I have a feeling that it will definitely be something like that!

Jay T said...

I love the picture you chose!! It's perfect!!!! So excited for you two (soon to be three)!!!

Candace said...

You are so close! What a wonderful adventure you are about to embark on in the New Year:)

Helene in Between said...

OMG YES!!! I adore this picture. such a absolutely wonderful idea!

Danielle said...

Love that picture of you! Captures that moment perfectly! Can't wait to see photos of your little girl when she makes her debut! How much longer? 4 weeks give or take? I'm 32 weeks today...EEEEK!

Suze said...

Wonderful choice! Happy New Year. I'm sure it will be a fantastic year for you three. :)

Anna said...

Such a cute picture and I love that there are not one, not two but three pregnancy tests to go along with that deer in the headlights look!

Sarah @ Sarahphrasing Life said...

I love your photo (so cute!) and the idea for this link up! I couldn't stop smiling last night while remembering all the amazing moments from the past year :)

Thanks for the memory time!

Pamela said...

LOVE that picture!! I can imagine that I am sure I will have that same look one day, ha!

CoastWithMe said...

What an exciting year for your family Jena! Everything pales in comparison to the news of Sawyer Marie! Best wishes on a safe and easy delivery in 2014! Sending lots of love, light, and happiness your way! Hope 2014 is amazing year for you and your loved ones! P.S. Thank you for putting a smile on my face in 2013:)!

Kaysie said...

I love that you picked this photo. I can see the butterfly feeling in your stomach on your face. You're growing a HUMAN! You are pretty crafty ;)

Kaysie said...

I love that you picked this photo. I can see the butterfly feeling in your stomach on your face. You're growing a HUMAN! You are pretty crafty ;)

Kristin said...

What a fantastic picture! I love the emotion that it conveys. You have a fun year ahead :)

Emilie said...

83,745 DIY projects?!?!?! No way....
That picture is so darn adorable though! I love it!

The Lady Okie said...

What a fun idea! I just now saw your email about this linkup! I'll have to see if I can find just ONE picture to sum up the year. Personally, I love this idea, though, because I'm getting a bit overwhelmed by all the 2013 recaps filled with 87340 pictures ;)

Eat Drink and Be Mary said...

That picture is priceless!