Wordful Wednesday-{My Path}

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I’ve always been fascinated with paths. Paths that are taken, paths that are not; reasons for choosing one path and not the other. Pondering both diverging and intersecting paths is something I spend probably too much time thinking about, but think about them, I do.

This is one of my favorite photos because it clearly illustrates the path that I’ve chosen to take in my life.  I never thought that I’d have 5 children.  I always expected a much more {Angie} centered existence.  I never came close to comprehending how much joy my family would bring me.  When I embarked on the path that included marriage to a wonderful man and the ensuing birth of my children, I hadn’t a clue as to the way that path would change and mold me.

Sometimes I think of the ways my life would be different if I had continued on in school to get the PhD I desired.  I think of the ways that path would be different from the one I’m on now, and I shake my head.

I really believe that I could have had that degree, yet I chose something different, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

I may not be an expert on one particular subject with a piece of paper certifying my knowledge, but I am an expert on things that can’t be measured or documented with a test.

Walking {and sometimes stumbling} on the path I’ve chosen is the best choice I could have made.

Thank goodness I made it.

Comments

  1. 4

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    That was so beautiful! Through all the good and bad choices (mostly good in my later years), I wouldn’t change a THING because it brought me on the path which led me here.

  2. 11

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    What a Beautiful post Angie, I know exactly how you feel!
    I adore the picture…♥It’s PERFECT!!!
    Have lovely Wednesday!
    {{{HUGS & MANY BLESSINGS}}}

  3. 13

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    So beautifully said and captured.

    I couldn’t agree more. It is those unexpected paths that can bring you on the most memorable and meaningful journeys.

  4. 16

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    Ah, a lovely path it is! I would venture to guess that the things you’ve learned as a mom to those great kids outweighs what you’d have learned in even the finest of PhD programs. 🙂

  5. 20

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    I feel the exact same way. I’m so glad that I choose to stay at home with my son, and any other children that I will be blessed with. I can’t imagine my life any other way.

    Great pic!

  6. 21

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    Oh wow, I think about paths all the time. How would things be different now if we had chosen differently or taken a different step? Are we really on the path that God had laid out for us? If not, how do we get back on that path? At the next fork do I go to the right or the left? The weight of those decisions weighs on me daily.

  7. 22

    Connie says

    Just beautiful Angie…I loved it!! I also do a lot of pondering about paths chosen, and love where mine has led me so far!!

  8. 26

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    wow, that is such a moving picture. I never imagined I would be a mom this early in life. Its amazing how those little buggers can change everything you had ‘planned’ out 🙂

  9. 27

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    I, too, made some of those same choices, and I’m sure that I was meant to. PhD? Totally wouldn’t have me here with my beautiful girls with this life. Which I’m sure is way better than that piece of paper and what it would have been.

    I hope your computer is playing nice, now.

  10. 28

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    Angie,

    I have always loved this photograph of you and your children. It is so funny all of the hopes and dreams we have when we’re young. The desires and goals we often have are of and for self and we can’t imagine it any other way. Thank GOD for the path my life has gone. Every once in a while I wonder how I got here (because self was more important than anyone else), but the curiosity subsides and a smile comes over my face because I am so happy to be here now as a wife and a mommy.

  11. 30

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    Nicely written. Beautiful actually. I could use a few “expert” tips at the moment. I seriously spent about 5 minutes sitting on my couch devising a plan to run away from home. Figured I wouldn’t get far on foot. Walking is SO not my thing.t

  12. 34

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    You know, maybe that’s something 30-somethings think, because honestly, I’ve thought about paths a lot lately, too! Your words are just so eloquent….and you have a beautiful family. I’m trying to convince hubs we “need” five, too. It’s not working. I’m gonna make him read this! 🙂

  13. 37

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    It really does boggle the mind. It makes me think of that movie, “Sliding Doors.” Have you ever seen it? Very cool, as it illustrates how her life was changed w/ just one little difference.

    I think about this too, especially about how if I’d chosen a different college I probably never would have met my husband. It’s alot to ponder!

    Nice post Angie…

  14. 40

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    I am so happy you took this path. I would have never met you and made such a wonderful friend 🙂 Besides that I have no idea would my girls would be secretly arranged to be married to 🙂

  15. 43

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    I think we’ve all wondered about different choices we could have made. I’m so happy that you are happy with your choices. I agree, having a family is just amazing.

  16. 44

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    This is such a great post and I know what you mean, I have four but if you would’ve asked me growing up I would’ve said never a mom. Today, I dont’ know what I’d do without my kids, they are my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Great pic and I love how you are turning around and looking back with a smile. As if to say, nope, I have no regrets. Happy WW!

  17. 46

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    What a beautiful photo!! I can’t wait until we have a big family like that… Well, maybe it won’t be AS big, but as cute I hope!

    LOVE your blog makeover by the way!!

    Happy Wordful Wednesday! 🙂 Sorry I wasn’t of much words today, but I did have a sentence!

  18. 49

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    That was a beautiful post. You have a beautiful family. I often think of the path that I have taken too. I have three boys, always wanted a girl, but no such luck. Still not sure if were finished with the three boys or if we will try again, either way I love what God has chosen to bless me with. Its funny to think back ten years ago when I was twenty years old. I specifically remember having a conversation with my husband, then boyfriend, how I didn’t see myself being a mom and living in the suburbs. For him, that statement was almost a deal breaker because that was exactly what he wanted. I’m glad he hung around and waited for me to realize that it really was what I wanted in life.

  19. 50

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    This past week I’ve been struggling with this thinking of the path I took too. It’s amazing that here you are writing about it. Definitely put it in perspective.

    Have a wonderful day.

  20. 52

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    Yes, we all choose our own paths, but sometimes that path gets a little too bumpy, and we have to find a better route. I found that smooth road finally, and I truly believe this is my true path, and I couldn’t be happier. We may fall from time to time, but I have my soul-mate, and good friends to help me up. I am happy to hear when my friends have found their true path, and if their road gets bumpy my hand is always there to help. All they have to do is reach out! Have a good day, friend.

  21. 53

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    That was beautiful Angie. I love that being a mother can be measured in so many ways and we don’t need no degree to tell us we are a good one. WE all learn as we go along don’t we. HUGS you have a beautiful family

  22. 59

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    A beautiful picture, beautiful family, beautiful perspective!

    It is amazing to me how a series of paths led me to where I am now. How the heck did I end up in Florida married to the Irishman? It is still crazy to me that we ended up together after starting life on oposite sides of the pond.

    (Oh…and this made me think of the song God Blessed the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts…which will be in my head now for the rest of the day!)

  23. 61

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    What a beautiful picture of you with your children! Yes, isn’t it funny when we look back at the path we’ve chosen and how we got here. But the better question is, where are we going NOW?

    I linked up again today! 🙂

  24. 62

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    I am so glad you chose the path you chose. i love the picture. also the new code worked for me… YAYAYAYAYAYA!!!!!! Thanks for finding a solution, I hate not having the button. plus the button you have is super cute.

  25. 63

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    I sometimes find myself doing the same thing. I would never in a million years change the path that brought me my three kids. I love the black and white picture of all of you.

  26. 67

    Life at the Lunds says

    What a beautiful post and a great photo of you and your children! It is interesting to see where our paths have taken us!!

  27. 68

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    Beautiful post Angie! A good friend of mine always says that allowing us to make plans, is God’s way of exercising his sense of humor. We make plans for the future, and our paths change many times. But somehow, we end up on the right path, even if it wasn’t where we thought we were going.

    Have a wonderful day!

  28. 72

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    Beautiful Angie and I can tell you from someone who pushed through to get the degree that in the end it really doesn’t matter all that much but instead those we love matter so much more. You done good, Angie you done real good.

  29. 73

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    Love this post! You are right where you were supposed to be all along!

    I am at work. Work allows me to view your site. Home does not. We even checked our firewall. I am going to ask a computer savvy friend today! This is too odd…I can look at every other site in the universe but yours!

  30. 75

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    Gorgeous post–it is amazing the paths we think we want to take–and then how we can end up on a better one, a sweeter one…

    Blessings!

  31. 78

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    I love everything about what you have written and the photo itself. Like you, my path is VERY different than I expected and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am grateful to have discovered Wordful Wednesday and I look forward to playing along regularly. LOVE!

  32. 81

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    I thought I would be a working mom with a big corporate career until I threw that plan out the window a few months into motherhood. Plans are meant to be thrown away as we search for the correct path. But it is tricky, and windy, and constantly re-evaluated. Beautiful picture that really captures that!

  33. 86

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    what a great pic of you and the kiddos.

    funny my post is also about what my life has become and what makes you happy once you are a sahm

  34. 89

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    What a great photo and great post as well. I never imagined my life would include four children. I feel so blessed that I ended up on this path and like you, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
    Thanks so much for stopping by last week and linking your WW post up on my linky. I’d love for you to stop by again should you have a moment or two. Have a great day.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

  35. 90

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    Great post. You are so right. I thought I wanted to be a doctor now I just visit them with sick kids and think I am so glad I am not YOU right now. haha. Thanks for this post. Really made me think today and appreciate what I have!

  36. 92

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    paths are interesting…i mean i wonder sometimes what life would be like today if i’d continued on mith my mba and stayed working as an automotive engineer…but i guess this path is my destiny. paths make me think…you know. great thought, my friend. great thought.

  37. 93

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    That my dear was a wonderful post! I sometimes wonder what path I would be on now had I chosen to go to a different college and not met my husband. Or if I would have gone on to grad school like I had planned instead of becoming a stay at home home.

    Not sure where I would be……but I do like where I am at. 🙂

  38. 94

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    What a beautiful post! The path that I have been stumbling along is something I have had on my mind a LOT lately. I am finding that when I take stock of what is in front of me and that when I become happy and fullfilled by the path in front of me, that it becomes smoother and that I stumble less. Happiness and our paths in life are what we make of them.
    Really, Angie…..what a beautiful post.

  39. 96

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    I have days when I wonder who the heck set my GPS up to get me here. Because, as you so eloquently said, here is not what I had in mind. But He is in charge, and He knew the right destination for me all along.

    Thanks for a great post!

    Christy

  40. 97

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    I love that photo!

    I think we all often wonder about our paths…and I think I was meant to be on the path that I am today, even though I never dreamed I would be a SAHM!

  41. 99

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    I often wonder what would have happened had I made this choice or that, but you’re right. Nothing could be better than stumbling down the path I’m currently on.

  42. 102

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    Awesome post and beautiful picture. My most favorite poem is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

    Such a noble path you have chosen, Angie. I am in awe of you having five children, maintaining this blog of yours, and everything else that you juggle. Most people with a PhD would never be able to pull that off.

    Have you ever read the book “I am a Mother” by Jane Clayson Johnson? It’s in Deseret Book store and online too. Such a great reminder of how important the role of a mother really is. It’s definitely worth the read.

  43. 107

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    This was the most awesome, beautiful post, Angie! I love that you can see that the path you chose in the end was the perfect one for you. I too love that picture. The way you’re looking back with that smile on your face makes me think you’re saying, “Come on! Follow us! Don’t you want to be a part of this?”

    Justine 😮 )

  44. 109

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    Always love that picture! And what a beautiful path to walk or stumble on. We all can do what ifs but there’s no sense in it! But it is a big plus to be happy with what you have chosen…

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