Adieu 2010 | Bonjour 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

Much like we began 2010, Tony, Isaac and I enjoyed a mini appetizer feast and I'm drafting this will watching Miracle. I wrote today on my facebook, "I can't say that 2010 has been a complete blast, but God has continued to show His steadfast provision for our little family. I am hopeful for the growth and blessings we will see in 2011!" When I went to revisit 2010 through my blog, it truly was an amazing year.

To start the year off, Tony knocked out two major accomplishments! The first being our beautiful bathroom finally being completed. We may not walk in to just sit and admire, but it has not lost it's appeal! The second huge accomplishment was Tony's selection to referee at the Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament. After two years at the Girls' Tournament, Tony wasn't sure if he would get the chance for the Boys' Tournament. To say the least it was the realization of a dream for Tony. We're hoping he is selected again this year, as refs are usually selected two years in a row and may never ref the Tournament again.

In April the beginning of my wedding photography career began with the brave trust of a couple who will always remain close in my heart. That same weekend we celebrated Isaac's first birthday, directly after his dedication! We celebrated a day early, so that his actual birthday was just spent at home, with ample time for reflection by his mama.

The summer afforded us the opportunity to really grow together as a couple and we had a fantastic date night! I'm not kidding you, this is one of my most favorite memories with Tony of the year! One of our areas for growth happened by eliminating a job opportunity and reclaiming our family as a priority. As a highlight of family time, we had a picnic in our backyard and got to go to the beautiful new Target Field. I have a feeling both will be repeated . . . The summer also saw the end of Tony's 30 day beard. I've never been so glad to see him shave!

In August we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. Our date involved using Levi's Christmas present and it was just in the nick of time! We made a huge change in our family organization in August by beginning meal planning and instituting a family night. It was during this time that we finally began praying together as a family at meal time and eating at the table. Imagine that. Of course we couldn't miss attending The Greatest Fair of all!

The fall provided ample opportunity for photos and video. Gina shot our family session and the sweetest video known to my eyes. With weddings finally dwindling down we got to get out and do more things as a family, like finally going apple picking! My birthday is in the fall and Tony didn't disappoint by finally taking me to The Nook [which recently was destroyed by a fire]. Shortly after my birthday, I hosted my first Ladies Wine Night with ample help from friends and family! I hope to make this an annual event.

November saw an extended focus on development of my business, first by revealing my logo and new website. And secondly by the huge decision to attend Making Things Happen in Phoenix. It was such an amazing step to leave my family to solely work on my business and take my only solo trip!

Unlike last year when the snow started to fall and we had to bunker in with Isaac, this year we've had a blast outside! Even when the conditions aren't exactly favorable . . . like when Tony has had to work hard to clear our way!

To complete the year, we were able to share the news we had most hoped for, an expected due date in 2011 by way of Isaac's first hair cut.

Those are obviously the highlights. There were plenty of posts filled with angst and drama. Tony has transitioned through three job positions, including the loss of our dream to pursue a small business. If that isn't job uncertainty, well I don't know what is. My Grandma had several health scares, including her pacemaker leads becoming dislodged. My cousin Kristi and her husband Rob lost their 2nd daughter in just a years span. And of course there was our miscarriage in July. You know, that small thing, that kind of effected us.

Right now, I'm believing that our 4th of July festivities will look a whole lot different than 2010's, because through it all God has always provided for our family. It hasn't always been in the ways we've hoped or straight up wanted, but He is soverign and knows what is best for us. Our hope for 2011 is that we continue to rely on Him.

I hope the same for you. Happy New Year!


Sarah said...

Wish you and your family a very blessed 2011!! I have been a little behind on my blog reading, so I just found out that you are expecting. I am so thrilled for you and wish you the best! Congrats!

Sally F. said...

Leah - You said you guys watched Miracle. Have you seen the hilarious clip of the little kid imitating the coach's speech on YouTube? You have to look for it!
Just look for "Miracle locker room speech" on YouTube.

Julia Goolia said...

happy new year, Leah and family. What a great one you had!

Alicea said...

Happy New Year, Leah!

Julie S. said...

Happy New Year! I look forward to reading about what 2011 has in store for you all.

L.C.T. said...

Praying for a more positive year for you and so very excited that you ended 2010 on a high :)

The Edberg's said...

Such a great recap. Hope you have a blessed 2011!


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