holden and i exploring the beach in carlsbad over the christmas holiday

i love this idea of picking a word for the new year.  2012 was somewhat of a quiet year for our little family of three, a year that seems to have flown by in a blur.  we focused on loving one another and pouring every part of ourselves into our little boy.  watching him grow from a quiet, shy baby into a rambunctious, outgoing little toddler has been a fascinating experience and a momentous occasion in itself.  but i can already feel a change coming, i already have a sense that 2013 will be a big year for us.

this past year, holden has opened my eyes to the small wonders of the world, giving me the opportunity to live in the magical world of childhood.  i've realized the importance of slowing down and being present.  instead of constantly looking towards and planning for my future life, i've started to truly live in each day.

Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside – children have their own agendas and timescales.  As they find out more about their world and their place in it, they work hard not to let adults hurry them.  We need to hear their voices. 

~Cathy Nutbrown

Children, as persons, are entitled to the greatest respect. Children are given to us as free-flying souls, but then we clip their wings like we domesticate the wild mallard. Children should become the role-models for us, their parents, for they are coated with the spirit from which they came- out of the ether, clean, innocent, brimming with the delight of life, aware of the beauty of the simplest thing; a snail, a bud, a shadow in the garden. Children are the closest thing to angels.

~ Gerry Spence, “Give me Liberty”

quitting my job at the beginning of 2012 allowed me to start to thinking about my passions and what i truly want out of life.  removed from the fast-paced, corporate laddar climb where i begrugingly started each day, feeling lost amidst a sea of people who seemed to have life figured out, in 2012, for the first time in my life i felt like i was exactly where i was supposed to be.  i've only just started realizing where my passions lie and i want to spend 2013 deeply exploring these.

In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.

~ Lisa T. Shepherd

as holden continues to develop and grow, we want to help him learn by exploring the world around him.  we want to follow his lead, encouraging his natural curiosity to explore as we discover holden's passions and interests and watch him learn about the world and how it works.

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

~Rachel Carson

dustin and i hope that in 2013 we can explore a new career.  being able to support our family by doing something we love together has been one of our biggest dreams and something we hope to fulfill this year.  we want to live in a place that allows for ample exploration, with lots of land and open space.  we want to explore the world together, teaching holden about the world by truly experiencing it.  we want to go on adventures, we want to be explorers.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain 

**this year for 2013, i choose to EXPLORE**