Memorial Day 2014 vs. Memorial Day 2012

Today is Memorial Day 2014.  On my way home from team-teaching a Bodypump class this morning, it occurred to me that exactly two years ago today this is what I looked like.


The photo above was taken on Memorial Day 2012. This is what I look like today, Memorial Day 2014.


I've been singing to the Lord all day today, keeping the worship music loud while I have been cleaning house, thanking Him for all He has done to restore my body in just two years.

Not that my body is so perfect now or anything.  I just see the picture at the top and remember how heavy and tender I was the day that photo was taken. My legs were so weak. My core was totally shot. I'm not sure, but I think I was carrying eighty more pounds than I am now and I was still recovering from a difficult pregnancy and an intense natural birth.

Thanks be to God, I am so much healthier and stronger than I was two years ago. If you are interested, you can read about my weight-loss journey here.

Don't misunderstand me. I am not much ashamed by my body in first picture.  I just use the photos to mark the difference in my health and wellness (and strength) and thank God.

When I look at the first picture, I mostly just see the tiny, beautiful baby in my arms. She was so little her legs still curled up on themselves. She looks like this now.

I also notice how much my two other daughters have grown up in two years, too. Here are recent photos of them.

That's two years of laughter, peace, health, some shrinking, yes, but mostly, two years of growing. We've all grown so much in so many ways since then.  I have much to be thankful for. 


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