When I say Yes!

I love saying Yes. Yes I’ll go. Yes I want that! Yes I can!

In all of my saying Yes, I say No to different things, different people, different places. Being a Yes person still means that you are a No person too.

The past year, I spent it saying Yes to my daughter. Yes Gabrielle, I will wake up with you 10 times in a night to feed you. Yes Gabrielle, I will change your 5 minute old diaper. Yes Gabrielle I will hold your hand so you can walk around and around in circles.

All of my saying Yes to Gabrielle has accumulated into saying No to other things, and other people. Like Marc.

Marc and I are having our sixth wedding anniversary on Saturday. That means, six years ago, I said a very big YES to my man. Yes I will be with you in sickness and in health. Yes I will stick by you. Yes I will love you. We never say vows to our kids, probably because we don’t have to. It’s more automatic for me, as Gabrielle’s mom, to say Yes to her.

Yes, you can sleep in our bed even though you kick your daddy and he doesn’t sleep well. Yes you can have most of my attention all day every day and then in the night too.

As great men do, Marc has been very gracious with the backseat he’s been “Yes-ed” into. It is a temporary place and I am happy to say that as Gabrielle becomes more independent, this is changing.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to live gently. To accomplish this, I think I will have to say No to some people more often, Yes to myself more often, and especially Yes to Marc, the steadfast love of my life.

Happy Anniversary Senor!

Below are my favourite photos of my favourite man (and of his favourite baby) in the past year.

Poopy Pants

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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

7 Thoughts on “When I say Yes!

  1. Congratulations you too. And here’s to saying yes AND no more often :)

  2. cidnie on 6 January, 2012 at 6:19 am said:

    Happy, happy anniversary to you!

  3. Well said, Amanda. Marc is a very good man who clearly loves you and Gabrielle and it warms my heart to hear you say it. He is also a very lucky guy!

  4. Reiner on 6 January, 2012 at 10:20 am said:

    Happy Anniversary! Six years. Wow. Where does the time go?

    I’m going to raise my coffee now to you as a toast to the next sixty. Lots of love and have fun!

  5. awwh, happy 6th anniversary!!!!!

  6. Suzanne on 6 January, 2012 at 9:41 pm said:

    Love it! Very inspiring. Here’s to being grateful for the men that support us in being the women we want to be! Love that idea of saying yes also implies saying no. Each choice also means not choosing something else! Where there is but a sliver of light, darkness is overcome. Hugs.

  7. Happy Anniversary kids! It was a beautiful day, so glad I was able to share in it.

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