Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Favorites

We were so blessed in 2011.  Some of our favorite things about the year--

-Matthew spent considerably less time in doctors' waiting rooms and fewer nights in the hospital.
-Because the first point calmed our lives dramatically, Katie began teaching Sociology at the community college.
-Alyssa started kindergarten, riding her bike to and from school, where she's made new friends.
-Darren got a promotion at work.
-Darren and Katie ran off the baby weight.
-Jackson started a new preschool, where he seems to be catching up academically, and has made his first 'best friend'.
-Though Matthew is still delayed, he's making great strides in his development.
-Our summer trip to Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois was full of love and fun! 
-Our Thanksgiving trip to Chicago was delightful (as always) and felt too short.

All of these things were great, but the best part about 2011 was spending time with our family, our friends and each other.  We are blessed with amazing, supportive, fun and loving family and friends.  For that, we are thankful beyond words.

As we look forward to 2012, we pray first and foremost for good health.  We have so much to look forward to in the new year-- Matthew's hand surgeries, Darren running the Houston 1/2 marathon, Alyssa going to first grade, Matthew (hopefully) walking and talking, Jackson starting in the kindergarten class at his preschool, Jackson (hopefully) learning to ride his bike without training wheels, a summer trip, and spending much more time with family, friends and one another.  Blessings to you and yours in 2012! Happy New Year!

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