Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Unexpected

"Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me". ~ Carl Sandburg


I am a planner. I love to buy calendars and journals in all shapes, sizes and colors. Parties, vacations, routes to and from wherever we happen to be going, weekend days, you name it and I have to plan for it. I set my dates, I write my lists, I prepare and I make these things happen. I have a great sense of personal satisfaction whenever I am able to cross something off of my lists. But, I have learned that no matter how much you want to plan, and might I say control, things you can never plan or be prepared for the unexpected. As the above quote by Carl Sandburg states, I truly do believe that all of the best things that have happened in my life have been unexpected, unplanned, and have caught me by surprise.

If somebody had told me that 4 1/2 years ago I would have met the love of my life in a bar the night of my girlfriend's Bachelorette Party, I would have laughed at them. Afterall, who meets people in bars, other than the stereotypical one night stand that we have all heard about the next day from our friends? Was it fate that we both happened to be there by chance? Fate that he walked right by me and I grabbed his arm, after which a conversation ensued that ended in me typing my number into his phone and he calling me the next afternoon? I believe it was. Fate is truly something that is not planned, not expected, something that you cannot rely on. It just happens.

Now here we are 4 1/2 years later, still together and falling more and more in love with each other everyday. And now we will be adding a little one to our mix. Yet again something completely unexpected at this point in our lives. Something unplanned, but an extraordinary gift and miracle that we love more everyday. We are captivated by this small being growing inside of my body, or "baking" as Jason likes to say. The baby is a night owl and loves to grace me with its presence every night now before I fall asleep. We both lie there, each with a hand on my stomach, waiting with anticipation for those little kicks. Waiting for the baby to greet us as we drift off to sleep. It is an amazing feeling and something that I look forward to every evening, even though it prevents me from getting enough sleep! All ready I would do anything for this baby, and so would Jason. I want to protect, nurture, love and care for it as best I can before it makes its way into this world.

There are so many other things in my life that I could touch on that have been unexpected and changed me in some way or another. But, I believe these two have been the most profound and life altering thus far. I never imagined I could be this happy, but I am and I cherish every moment of my life with these two amazing people. Never be afraid of the unexpected, you never know what fantastic, unplanned experiences are waiting for you around the corner.

~Emily

1 comment:

  1. This post is beautiful. I totally agree and have tried to live my life open to the unexpected. It has taken me around the world and introduced me to some amazing people. I am elated for you, Jason and your little one. Keep writing and I'll keep reading!

    Cecily

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