Aneta...Bold (Part Two).
This post is part of a series I'm calling The Mother's Project, where I will be highlighting the incredible moms in my life throughout the month of May. Check back later this week for another post!
I've written about Aneta on this here blog before. I called her bold then and it couldn't be more true now. Consider this an addendum to the previous post. An addendum that includes a baby on the way!
I took this photo of Aneta last week in the middle of her extremely frustrating day. She missed her flight home to Wisconsin due to insane traffic and then didn't get on two standby flights because everyone else was stuck in the same traffic that morning and trying to get to the same places. She called me crying not once, not twice, but three times before noon.
Once was when she missed her initial flight. Then again while she was sprint-waddling to the other end of the airport to try to catch the second standby flight. The last time, all I got was a few hiccups and a, "Do you think you could pick me up?" and then we hung up.
I say this not to tease her or make her feel bad about crying, but it's the perfect example of how deeply Aneta feels everything. She doesn't have emotions; she has passions. She can't simply have a thought; she has ideas. She lives her life and loves in her relationships in a big, bold way—not because she thinks she's supposed to, but because she actually can't help it.
There is a little one growing inside her and this has just magnified these feelings. I see the tidal wave of emotions that comes over her when she talks about becoming a mother. She is seeing in the world in completely new ways—ways that I don't see. Her urgency is amplified too (if that's even possible). She's always done things quickly and efficiently, but now I see her preparing with new fervor, like she wants to make the world as perfect and as wonderful as possible for her daughter (it's a daughter!).
Each day of this pregnancy seems to open up more understanding in her. She sacrifices more for her growing family than ever before. She is leaning into the Lord and His calling on her life with a fresh obedience. A new commitment has flourished within her for her marriage and friendships. I've seen this baby change her and she isn't even here yet. I can't imagine what else she will unlock in Aneta when she meets the world.
Aneta recently left her job to focus on her own small business. By recently, I mean last week. (Also! Today is her first full day at give with joy so give her some love on Instagram and Facebook!) I am so excited about this giant leap for her because she is a rockstar business owner. Making this her full-time gig will give her the space to realize the dreams she's been brewing up for the past five years.
And that's what I love about this photo. She was having a terrible day. I had just picked her up from the airport and brought her back to my house so she could have a place to hang out while she waited for the evening flight. And she sat there: tired, pregnant, defeated, sad, and more than frustrated. But she ate her sandwich, took a deep breath, said an audible "OK," and pulled out her laptop.
She had work to do. And she wasn't about to let an emotional day stop her from doing it. She gets over it as quickly as she gets into it. And that is why she's going to be an amazing mother. She'll get cranky and upset and she will yell and cry, for sure. But then she's going to take a deep breath and handle it. She always does.