Anyhoo! Here's our Before Baby List:
1. Save $1000 for emergency fund.
2. Save (amount to be determined) for baby fund.
3. Get into crazy awesome shape and enjoy one last summer with a flat stomach. (My goal, can ya tell?)
4. Save up and visit Europe. (Currently trying to figure out how much we'd have to save up for this. The only estimate I've found is ~$6000.)
Haha, and can you guess how many of those were accomplished? I guess two and a half, I got into decent shape last summer and we enjoyed a few days at the beach. We did save some money that equals what I would have like to have in savings, but it's not necessarily in an "emergency fund" technically. But it's where we can get to it if we need to, and that's what is important. But the Europe thing, come on, what was I thinking? I think that will have to be quite a few years down the road. Like, after kids are born and older, we're in our forever home, and probably close to retiring by that time! Oh well.
In the past year though and throughout the pregnancy I've been trying to give up my relentless need for organizing every detail of our lives. I found this quote that I keep on the laptop to help me deal with those moments when I want to go back to planning myself into doing nothing:
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." -Joseph Campbell
And it's so true, I am nowhere near who I thought I would be at this juncture in life, but I am extremely happy. Ben and I have a great life, have had many adventures, good friends, a cute home and a wonderful (and nutty) family. So I think we are doing alright!