In January, Rob had a speaking gig in Miami, so we made our Florida trip a large part of our gifts to the girls that Christmas. God blessed us, and we had more fun and made more memories than we could have dreamed possible.
Vacation wore me out, I guess because when we got home, I did a lot of thinking and reflecting in February about the Grace of Pain. Maddie and Whitney were fabulous in Snow White, and Belle got to be a prima ballerina.
In March, Rob and I celebrated our 17th anniversary by heading to our favorite city to wander the streets and see Blue Man. We even got to be a part of the show! It was a riot.
April showers not only brought May flowers, but our sweet friend Anya. Our family has been praying with Marty and Kathy Friend for 6 years to bring Anya home from Russia. It was truly a miracle to meet her in April.
On May 10, my 37th birthday, I woke up to an article about me and my girls on the front page of our local paper in an article about Tweens, Texting, and Twitter. A really fun surprise.
June was the busiest month of our year. We went to India to gather stories for our book Share The Well. It was an amazing time of self discovery for me personally. After India, Maddie went to Camp Adventure and had the time of her life. Rob and his Life Mission team ran the Warrior Dash, Whitney went to Springhill day camp at church, and Belle had art camp. Our whole family picked Maddie up from camp and headed to Tennessee for a few weeks of rest. Seriously, how did we survive June? It makes me tired just writing about it.
July was a time together of rest, fun, and lots of time just to be together. I saw my kids in a whole new light after our amazing adventures together (logged 22,000 miles together—zow!)
I started crying at the beginning of August, realizing that my last baby was headed off to school and I would be alone all day. It was a month of milestones as Maddie began middle school and Belle started all-day Kindergarten. I ended the month of August feeling really happy and free. The introvert in me began to re-charge and re-fuel.
I started to write in September and stopped around the end of November. Also in September, Miss Isabelle came to an eyes-wide open decision about wanting Jesus to forgive her from all her sins. Truly a beautiful moment for our family.
October was an unusually warm month, and we spent lots of time outside. I took this photo with my cell phone and was reminded of how God watches us—and how He likes to remind us parents of that every now and then. Raj and Prema came to visit us from India, and they went trick-or-treating with us. What a fun time!
November seemed to go really fast. We had a riotous time with our 15 nieces and nephews for Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing extended family.
December was crazy-busy, but lots of fun. Whitney got a part in GCC’s production of Once Upon A Midnight Clear and got to show off her mad-hoola-hooping skills as Flangi the Hooper. Belle had a Gingerbread Birthday party, and we put the finishing touches on Share The Well-a dream come to reality for Rob and I.
It’s been an amazing year. We are so blessed to walk this journey together and share it with you along the way.
Merry Christmas friends.
photo by brittani renee