Thank you, 2011, for all of the wonderful blessings you brought us- some were in obvious form and others were hidden in struggle or frustration.
I will always remember this past year as truly a year of provision from the Lord. A year that taught us the act of receiving--which is sometimes just as hard to learn as giving.
Highlights of 2011:
-Sweet Mackenzie Claire and all of her milestones, smiles, giggles, and well...everything she is.
- A new job for Adam
-A safe and caring place for sweet MC to stay while we teach
-Learning the ways of cloth diapers and attempts at making baby food
-Family bonds changing, forming, growing
- Precious babies born to other dear friends
- Growth in our identity in the Lord
- News of health and healing, debts being paid
-Engagements and weddings, new chapters being started
- Benevolent gifts that came at just the right time
However, before we could usher in 2012-- Mama and Daddy had to celebrate in style. A bit of class, if you will.
After baby was tucked in, and Nana and Papa came to stay-- the party dress and heels came out and a suit was donned.
Then it was off to the classiest of places- IHOP. I know, probably not quite what you were thinking, but it suits our friend group just fine. We didn't quite know what to do with ourselves at first without the babe in tow, but we soon fell into our rhythm.
After our fine feast it was off to play games an unwind at our friend Joel's house.
Champagne punch, some fine cheese, The Game of Things, candid photo sessions, and a post-midnight dance party rounded out the evening.
And, when it was all said in done- we got to come home and whisper Happy New Year to our sweet little bug as she slept peacefully in her crib. A perfect start to 2012.
Stay classy in 2012, folks, and may you be blessed where you need it the most this year...