Saturday, January 1, 2011

Our Year-In-Review.

Wow, 2010 was an amazing year! We were blessed beyond measure and through the highs and lows I can honestly say 2010 was not a bad year that I was dying to be over. I love New Year's. Seriously love them. They are new starts, new resolutions, and so many things to look forward to. The world of unknown. So, here is 2010 in a review.

January : What a whirl wind of a month. It was spent packing, unpacking, repacking and preparing for our newest family member! On January 19 we boarded the plane to China. It was truly the most amazing month of my life this year. On January 21, 2010 in Beijing China a little boy walked off of an elevator and into the arms of his forever family! We were forever in love with our Spicy Boy who makes our lives so much better! The rest of January was spent in Beijing China and a few days in Guangzhou, China. It was a month of celebration and loving our new boy. January was a month to remember!

February : 6 days of the month were spent in China and traveling home from China. After a crazy trip and an even crazier trip home we didn't know what to do with ourselves. We celebrated Chinese New Year, a month with lots of jetlag to recover and even more loving up on our boy. February was a great month!

March : Quite honestly this month is a blur. I don't remember it. I Remember my Dad's 40th surprise party and going to Dollywood. March was lots of fun and Dollywood for the first time with Andrew was definitely something to remember!

April : Easter! We celebrated the Death and Rising of our Savior and His sweet Grace! We celebrated with friends. Dying eggs, Eating too much, Going to church, reading the story, and having too much fun. April was a great month with lots of memories made!

May : Our last full month of school. The programs that were absolutely crazy. All of the last minute things to be done before summer. We also celebrated 5 months with Andrew! May was a big month because it was the one year anniversary of our Referral for Andrew and 3 years for Anna Grace. May 1 was the day our lives were changed...TWICE!

June : Summer finally began and we headed off to the beach to take it all in. Trips to Chuck E. Cheese and other fun places were in order. We spent a week and a half with sweet friends at the beach and took it all in! June was just too fun!

July : Andrew's 4th Birthday was celebrated and his first with a family! We had a party and celebrated our sweet little man! My personal favorite was a week in California! I got to go spend a week with the awesome Yingling family and had so much fun taking in all of the cool things California has to offer...and I got to love on some sweet little girls!!

August : School started back, Hayne celebrated his birthday, and everything went back on a schedule. August was a hard month with school starting back and getting back into a schedule. We were blessed to be able to welcome sweet friends home with their precious boy, Owen. August was a month to remember!

September : My 15th birthday and Anna Grace's 4th. We didn't have anything too special happen in there but we still had a lot of fun. I had a lot of volleyball stuff going on and I got to capture some of my favorite shots ever. I slowly watched Anna Grace form more and more into a little girl, leaving her baby/toddler stages behind!

October : Halloween celebrations and Pumpkin patches galore! We had so much fun being together as a family during October! We had fun eating too much candy, painting pumpkins, and taking lots of pictures!'

November : We celebrated Thanksgiving and were so thankful to celebrate with Andrew this year! We got to welcome home the beautiful Lydia and we rejoiced in God's PERFECT timing! November was an AWESOME month!

December : Christmastime! The most wonderful time of the year! We celebrated Jesus' birth and the beauty of a KING being born in a manger. We saw Disney on Ice and Andrew's first Christmas! We also saw out 2010 and welcomed in 2011 with open arms! December was super special too!

As you can see we had an amazing year and God blessed us so very much. He showed us Grace and taught us all about unconditional love. He helped us to bond with Andrew and made us so grateful for everything we have!

hello :) you are so welcome and the more you're here the more i love you.
and right now 2011 you look so good.

Blessings to the New Year and that it is better than the last!!


  1. Even though we didn't make any of the glad we could be a part of your 2010! Happy New Years to your family! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store! Love you!

  2. I LOVE This! So glad that you are so much more organized than your mom-Can't wait to see this in a book :) Love you!

  3. What an amazing collection of photos! You're awesome! I'm sure you'll have an even more exciting 2011 with those two cuties!! Happy New Year!

  4. Great post Ashton! I loved looking at all of the collages! I did a year in review post on my blog a few days ago too but it is not quite as impressive as yours! haha! Hope you and your family have a fabulous year in 2011!

  5. I really enjoyed your collages! One of these days I'm going to teach myself...
    Your family had an amazing year! Wonder how God will top those blessings for you all in 2011.


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