2011 :: 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

I can quite honestly say that 2011 was the best year of my life. I wasn't exactly thrilled and ready to move onto 2012 with the same enthusiasm that we embraced 2011.

January was pretty low key for us last year. It was pretty much just baby growing, hockey and adjusting to Isaac's big boy hair cut.


February, however was just a little exciting! After hearing that Baby Love was indeed perfectly healthy, we found out that Isaac was going to have a little brother! On less happier notes we also endured Josiah's due date and the first round of workforce reductions.

March brought about the purchase of our new to us Jeep! We bought it in cash and no purchase has ever given us as much pride.

At the end of April, Isaac turned 2. I could barely handle it and it just boggles my mind that he'll quickly be 3!

In May we took some pictures with Gina to chronicle the end of our time as a family of 3. Isaac continued to grow up in his Daddy's shadow.

And then, holy crap, June. The month my whole world changed, again. Ezra was born and made us a family of 4.

July, oh July. July could be the way I want to live the rest of my life. It truly was amazing. We adjusted as a family of 4, visited with friends, had many lazy days, took a lot of pictures and went to the county fair. It also marked one year, since the beginning of my pregnancy with Josiah. It was challenging, but pretty much the most rewarding period of time ever.

And then August, well, it kind of just built upon July, except then I made my return to shooting weddings, so I felt a little more normal. The weather was mild, our hearts were full and man, oh man. It was bliss. I loved August.

In September, I returned to work, but it didn't kill me. I was so thankful for the extended period of time I was able to spend with my family. Twelve weeks was sooo much better than the 7 I had with Isaac.

October, was pretty much the most insane month of my life. Between family, work and  photography, I didn't know which end was up. But we survived and Isaac even got a John Deere Gator and went on his first pony ride

November could pretty much be summed up with family time, lots and lots of family time. I soaked it up. This little one, he's such a boy now.


And then already December, with a 6 month old and an almost 3 year old. It's really crazy.

Lord, I don't know what 2012 has in store for us, but if it only resembles the joy and many reasons for thankfulness of 2011 . . . we would be eternally grateful.


Megan said...

So sweet!

Danielle said...

You have a beautiful family! Congrats on a great year and thanks for all the inspiration you provide here on your blog. Happy New Year!

kari said...

Sounds like an amazing year! Here's to 2012, my sweet friend!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely year Leah....Happy New year to you and your Family.

beckylbranch said...

Love it! You all are such a beautiful family inside and out :) xoxo Cheers to 2012!

Julia Goolia said...

quite the year you've had, lady! Here's to 2012!

Meredith said...

Seriously--what an amazing year 2011 was for your family! I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store!

Anonymous said...

As usual, very beautifully put! This was a lovely read to start my morning. Happy New Year!

Jill said...

What a great year! Cannot wait to see what 2012 does for you guys!

Happy New Year!!

Bethany said...

Oh, Leah! That last picture of the boys in thier xmas jammies is seriously the best! many blessings to you and your family in 2012!

Bekah said...

here's to a great 2012!!

debi9kids said...

what a beautiful family and a blessed year you had!

Karen said...

Your blog is so beautiful and well written. It is a joy to read your lives up and downs. You write so eloquently and I love reading yours. You motivate me to be a better blogger. May God bless 2012 for you and your family.


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