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.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}

Comments

  1. 1
    Life with Kaishon says:

    Walking and sometimes stumbling.
    What a beautiful line.
    And what a beautiful mother you are Angie.
    Just beautiful.
    I love your path!

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    Genny
    Twitter: GennyHeikka
    says:

    Beautiful.

    Hugs,
    genny

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    Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight
    says:

    I’m glad to have found myself on a similar path. 🙂

  4. 4
    Run DMT says:

    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.

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    Life with Kaishon says:

    I added a comment. Why isn’t it working for me? This is BIZZARE!

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    Kristina P. says:

    What a great picture. It really says it all.

  7. 8
    jenny
    Twitter: jennyslens
    says:

    This is such a beautiful post…and a beautiful photo too!

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    sheila
    Twitter: aventinehill
    says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Every stumble. Every scrape. Every smile. Every triumph. It’s great, isn’t it? :o)

  9. 10

    This is such a beautiful post. And I adore that photo. I hope its hanging up in your house.

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    Rocio
    Twitter: mami_picture
    says:

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

  11. 12
    Angela at mommy bytes
    Twitter: mommybytes
    says:

    You are so blessed!

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    Momisodes
    Twitter: Momisodes
    says:

    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.

  13. 14
    Marla Hansen says:

    What an awesome picture! I am adding your button to my blog.

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    hrg at Small Reflections says:

    Lovely post … beautiful family! I’m reminded of what Desmond Tutu said about this: “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
    Hugs and blessings,

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    Cecily R says:

    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. 🙂

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    Jen
    Twitter: pieces_of_me_
    says:

    that is so beautiful….wow, 5? I can’t wait to have 1 at least by 40

    many blessings on your path!

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    Tara R.
    Twitter: Tara_R
    says:

    The view from this path is always fun too. The photo is the perfect illustration for this post.

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    Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom
    Twitter: psmom
    says:

    Lovely photo and sentiment!

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    Allison
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son
    says:

    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!

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    Jennifer says:

    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.

  21. 22

    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!!

  22. 23
    Honey Mommy says:

    All I can say to that is Amen!

  23. 24
    shortmama says:

    I am blessed to be on the same path…with less kids though!

  24. 25
    Lolli
    Twitter: 1momof5
    says:

    I often wonder the same thing. My life could have been so different, depending on many different steps I’ve taken. 🙂

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    Christy
    Twitter: thinkinmommy
    says:

    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 🙂

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    Krystyn
    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn
    says:

    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.

  27. 28
    Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy
    Twitter: veggiemommy
    says:

    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.

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    Jenni Jiggety says:

    Well said!!!!

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    parenting BY dummies
    Twitter: thenagainphoto
    says:

    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

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    Marie
    Twitter: JacksMomMarie
    says:

    I love your path. The world is a better place for it!

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    Cheryl
    Twitter: Twinfatuation
    says:

    Beautiful—the picture and your words. 🙂

  32. 33

    Love this post! Beautifully said Angie:)

  33. 34
    Lindsay
    Twitter: Lindsay_Y
    says:

    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! 🙂

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    Stefany says:

    And it is such a beautiful, fulfilling path. I love this photo!

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    Jennifer says:

    Beautiful.

  36. 37

    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…

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    Mrs. Marine
    Twitter: mrsmarine
    says:

    I love that picture! Very Beautiful and artistic!

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    Jennifer @ J. Leigh Designz
    Twitter: momspotted
    says:

    I used to always have that ‘If I had done this’ issue. I finally learned to say ‘but I didn’t’ I could easily daydream about all the what-if’s.

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    jennyleite says:

    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 🙂

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    jennyleite says:

    It’s a beautiful path to Angie. You make it look so easy!

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    dysfunctional mom says:

    I love the picture and the post. I totally identify!

  42. 43

    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.

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    homemom3
    Twitter: homemom3
    says:

    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!

  44. 45
    Erin
    Twitter: ErinsMiracles
    says:

    I think you chose the right path! You are such a beautiful mommy! Your children are so lucky!

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    FutureMama
    Twitter: FutureMama
    says:

    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!

  46. 47
    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA
    says:

    Beautiful post (and photo) Angie. I’m often surprised at where I’ve ended up too, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  47. 48
    Pamela M. Kramer
    Twitter: pamelamkramer
    says:

    What a great reminder! Thanks for writing it.

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    Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma
    Twitter: PrettyPinkMomma
    says:

    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.

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    Jamericanspice
    Twitter: jamericanspice
    says:

    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.

  50. 51
    noelle
    Twitter: jumpinbeans09
    says:

    Love the photo!
    As a mommy to a sweet one year old baby boy, I have to agree …
    My path is wonderful!

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    Xmasdolly
    Twitter: XmasDolly
    says:

    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.

  52. 53
    Night Owl Mama
    Twitter: nightOwlmama
    says:

    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

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    Christine says:

    Lovely family photo, a great story with no words 🙂 Happy WW!

  54. 55
    cat@juggling act says:

    Oh ANgie, what a beautiful post. Straight from the heart.

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    Auntie E says:

    Wonderful post, We all want to walk that great path.

  56. 57
    Dina @ 4 Lettre Words says:

    That photo is really, really awesome!

    Happy Wednesday, Angie!

  57. 58
    Tara @ Feels Like Home
    Twitter: FeelsLikeHome
    says:

    That was a beautiful post, Angie. I didn’t realize we had so much in common. 🙂

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    Jenny
    Twitter: irishbymarriage
    says:

    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!)

  59. 60

    wow another cool meme here…wish to post my first entry later..thanks in advance!

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    Cop Mama
    Twitter: thecopmama
    says:

    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! 🙂

  61. 62

    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.

  62. 63

    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.

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    Karen @ If I Could Escape
    Twitter: ificouldescape
    says:

    What a beautiful photograph for a beautiful post. And, yes I know exactly what you mean. I love the path my boys have led me to as well. x

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    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick
    says:

    Not only do I love the picture, but what you wrote about it? Priceless. Your children are so very fortunate to have you (and you them) and that you’ve embraced your path so lovingly. You ROCK! 🙂

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    Melinda
    Twitter: lkwhtmomfound
    says:

    thats a great pic! I wish my kids would cooperate for a group shot
    happy WW 🙂

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    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!!

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    Serendipity is Sweet
    Twitter: ptownmoofus
    says:

    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!

  68. 69
    Mellisa
    Twitter: mellisarock
    says:

    You always have the best Wordful Wednesday — such an inspiration! Love that picture!! Have a great week!

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    Rhonda
    Twitter: rhondaslife
    says:

    Great post Angie!!

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    Kathleen
    Twitter: katydidandkid
    says:

    This is one of my favorite photos of you too! And I love the meaning behind it.

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    beth aka confusedhomemaker
    Twitter: beths_confusion
    says:

    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.

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    Lori
    Twitter: petersonstlouis
    says:

    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!

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    blueviolet says:

    Our paths are certainly not always what we expect, but they often lead us to wonderful things!

  74. 75

    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!

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    jennifer says:

    I loved that picture and story, made me think of my own path and how at peace I am with the one I have chosen! Thank you for sharing

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    Julie Jordan Scott says:

    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!

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    Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities
    Twitter: iambrimful
    says:

    Very well stated…I think you chose the best path!

  78. 79

    I honestly couldnt think of a better path to take!!!!

    Stop by to enter my giveaway, it starts today and goes thru friday!

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    Chefdruck
    Twitter: Chefdruck
    says:

    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!

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    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts
    says:

    What a wonderful post! I love my path I chose. =)

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    Megan
    Twitter: MrsMeganC
    says:

    So sweet, both the picture and the post. You just never know which path is going to lead you to the greatest joy. =)

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    JAM (Just A Mom)
    Twitter: jamblogging
    says:

    There truly is no better road to take!

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    Kristina at Me and My Momma's Money
    Twitter: balancingbandb
    says:

    What a beautiful path you chose!

    Kristina

  84. 85

    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

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    Moodyblues Mix says:

    Nice post, happy family, good life NICE PATH. My path that I chose was a musical one, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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    Mama Zen says:

    Gorgeous shot! I love the way you’re looking back over your shoulder.

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    Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
    Twitter: TweetingMama
    says:

    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

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    Brandie
    Twitter: rudyrukus
    says:

    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!

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    MommyNamedApril
    Twitter: mommynamedapril
    says:

    that picture really is spectacular. what a beautiful family. i can’t imagine anything more rewarding!

    http://www.aprilslittlefamily.com/2010/03/early-bird-gets-his-grandpa.html

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    a thorn among roses says:

    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.

  91. 92
    Michelle @ One Crafty Mama says:

    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. 🙂

  92. 93
    HaB
    Twitter: HaBryerton
    says:

    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.

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    Kerry Ellington says:

    Beautiful picture, beautiful path hun. 🙂

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    Trippin' Mama
    Twitter: trippinmama
    says:

    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

  95. 96

    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!

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    happilyretired says:

    I’m back with a second link for a different blog … just because 😉
    Yup … I still love the photo and your lovely post!
    Hugs and blessings,

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    amber
    Twitter: amberpagewrites
    says:

    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.

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    Maggie S. says:

    I love your post. I am sending my best friend to read it. This is my first time to link up on Wednesday.

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    Kelli @ writing the waves
    Twitter: writingthewaves
    says:

    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.

  100. 102

    love that photo, and this post. And you can STILL get the PhD. Someday.

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    Susie's Homemade says:

    What a great post! Love that picture:-)

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    Tired Mom Tésa
    Twitter: 2Wired2Tired
    says:

    Love that photo too. And the words behind it really put it all in perspective.

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    Michaela
    Twitter: MamaMichie
    says:

    What a great path to choose and what a beautiful family to walk down that path with!

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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 😮 )

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    debi9kids
    Twitter: debi9kids
    says:

    What a beautiful post. It made me a bit teary-eyed.
    What a beautiful blessed life you have!

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    Live.Love.Eat says:

    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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    scrappysue says:

    beautifully written angie

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    LOVE IT!!!