2011 Reflections

As 2010 came to a close, I was sure there could never be a year that would come close to being as amazing as it was. Then 2011 came. I feel as though I want to say again that there could not possibly be a better year! Somehow I have a feeling that my naivety will prove me wrong, and as God continues to grow my family in all ways, he will continue to amaze us with his goodness, faithfulness and love.

Tonight I sit in our basement with the world juniors playing in the background (Canada winning of course) and I reflect on this past year. After managing gymnastics clubs, taking three years of bible school, an internship, and being on staff at a church, no year has so changed my life as this one has and I want to take a moment to give some glory to God.

Here are my top three dates of 2011

1. May 20, 2011 we were blessed with our little boy!

2. June 5, 2011 we celebrated our first anniversary!

3. March 1, 2011 we got possession of our first house!

In some ways, I have had a quieter year than others, as today marks a whole year that I have been off work to “stay home”. It’s true, I’ve never spent more time at home, but I have also never had to function on so little sleep before! Now that Caleb is 7 months old, I get a good amount of sleep, but there were sometimes this year I wondered if I’d make it through. It’s crazy how fast those seasons pass by. They feel like forever in the moment, and then they’re done. And I’m left wondering how it’s possible for a year to go by so quickly.

As an individual, I’ve conquered some of my fears. I’ve always been ashamed of my attempts at creative works. I felt as though my sisters excelled much more than I did at drawing, painting, colouring and crafts. No matter what I did I felt as though it looked like a little child made it. Then I discovered Pinterest, and other avenues to aid in inspiring some creativity in me. I started discovering my “niche”. Mod Podge has quickly become a dear friend and I’ve learned to look around at what I can repurpose before going out to buy it. I’m growing more as a person just from opening up my heart to try something new. I hope that I’ll be ready to be a fun and crafty mom by the time my kids are old enough to appreciate doing them!

Becoming a mom has changed my heart, and I can’t remember how I viewed the world before. Watching my little man grow so quickly in such a short time has been both scary and wonderful. Every new stage is full of wonder and excitement for him. His smiles gets bigger and brighter with each passing day. I’m trying to learn to lift my concerns about his life instantly to the Lord. Caleb has so much to conquer. As I see his little body scooting around the house I ask God if Caleb can please always say no to drugs. Can he please always stay faithful to his future wife and family? Can he burn with a passion for the Lord that changes the world? These questions will only be answered as the years go by. I hope that 2012 sees my husband and I investing sacrificially into our marriage and our family.

Here are a few pictures of our year and the exciting journey we’ve been on!

Our little boy at 20 weeks!

My wonderful husband’s 23rd birthday (March 23), right after we moved into our new home!

Ready to have Caleb! I thought he’d never come! (May)

Our munchkin came! May 20, 2011 at 4:50 a.m. Our lives have never been the same since!

Our babymoon trip! It was like a honeymoon with our new baby! It was a wonderful road trip with our little guy, making memories that we will never forget! (August)

My sister Nicole graduated in June!

My sister in law graduated in June as well!

Caleb started to show his wonderful, smiley personality! (Summer)

Caleb’s Great Grandpa Switzer dedicated him to the Lord at church on August 21.

Many milestones have been reached by our little guy, and I was especially proud of him when he started sitting up! Such a handsome boy, if I do say so myself!

We celebrated Caleb’s six month birthday in November!

Exclusively breastfeeding came to an end and we’ve enjoyed watching Caleb discover new foods and join us at the table for meals!

Most recently we celebrated Christmas with Caleb and enjoyed watching him play with his new toys and spread love, joy and hope wherever we take him! We could not have imagined what a blessing he would be!

I thank God for everything he has brought us through this year. I thank him for my husband and my son, for our house and for his provision. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for our family!

May the Lord bless you immensely with joy, love, peace, increased faith and hope as you serve him. May you fall deeply in love with the one who created you and may you discover new depths to your relationship with Christ that surpass all your wildest dreams!

Happy New Year to you and all those you hold dear to your heart!!!


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