Sunday, January 01, 2012

2011 In Review

January 2011
Started the year with snow a plenty for lots of sledding... which we still have yet to see this time around...

February 2011
Saw lots of work on compiling our dossier to be prepared for a match to a little girl from Hong Kong... here we were trying to get a good family photo (as you can tell it had to be redone)... :)

March 2011
Used my spring break to redo Olivia's room into a "girl's" room in preparation for our adoption (which is still underway and we're unsure at this point how it will play out)...

April 2011
Spent Easter with some very special family and friends...

May 2011
Had fun catching toads...

June 2011
Took Olivia to NYC for her special mom/daughter 10 year trip...

July 2011
Spent the 4th of July in FL...

August 2011
Soccer was fully underway with Olivia and Liam on teams this year...

September 2011
We spent a day at Great America with special friends...

October 2011
While also grieving Grandpa's death...

November 2011
Spent Veteran's Day doing 11 things for under $11...

December 2011
Lots of fun with friends... and looking forward to a wonderful 2012!

Happy New Year!


Jeanie said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you