Archives for 2011

Year In Review

It’s amazing to think about how much our lives have changed in just one year. I was flipping through my blog archives and remembering some of the fun adventures we’ve experienced this year. Here’s just a few…

Our biggest change was my beginning to work at home. At this time last year I was still employed as a full-time office manager. I didn’t think we could afford to lose my income, but Jesse was sure that he could make up the difference if he had my help. He sure was right! Some months have been better than others, but overall we are ending the year in a much better position than we were last year. We sure aren’t hurting for missing the income I was making and our lives are much happier now.

Happy working Jesse

I’ve learned a great deal about myself and my allergies this year. It’s been difficult for sure, but I have enjoyed trying new foods. Mostly I been getting lots of practice cooking with fresh ingredients. It’s not as hard as I used to think it was and it’s a whole lot healthier. I’ve even enjoyed picking some of my own produce for the first time this year. Most of my recipes take longer to prepare than I used to find acceptable, but I’ve come to enjoy cooking mostly everything from scratch.

Buffalo and spinach

We’ve very much enjoyed the opportunities we’ve had to meet several CF friends this year. It used to be more discouraged as a health risk, but we’ve been careful about germs when we’re around these friends. It’s been well worth the effort for the privilege to meet each one of them. It’s been amazing to have friends that can relate to that part of our lives.

Meeting deniseBowers familyJohnsonsJesse with JohnMe with RhondaCF Wives

We took foster care classes and got certified… we’re still working on getting fully licensed. We’ve found that many of the safety changes we need to make were a little expensive so we’ve been slowly but surely making the necessary adjustments. We expect the final items to be checked off shortly. Hopefully there will be a lot more to come on this subject this year!

Jesse installing shelves

We went to see a shuttle launch during the summer. It’s something I always wanted to see, but never really wanted to make the effort to do. That was a neat experience, and I’m so glad we finally did it before they stopped for good.


Also this summer, we REALLY had a great time in California to see Ashley graduate. Jesse can finally say he’s been to Cali, and I got to show him around all the places I grew up.

We had two road trips to Ohio this year. We always love just being there and getting to visit our Grandparents. It helps me imagine a little better what it would be like to live on a farm.

Gpa and GmaPicking from Don's garden

Finally, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! We splurged and road tripped it from Ohio up to Niagara Falls. It was great to be able to spend the day at the edge of the falls!

Maid of the MistUs at the Falls

What a year 2011 was for us! What was your favorite event of the year? I’m looking forward to all the 2012 will bring with it… Happy New Year!!

Christmas Recap

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, gifts, and food! Jesse and I were serving on lights and slides at church on Christmas morning so we had to be up super early. We opened a couple stocking stuffers at home together and then loaded the rest of the gifts to take to my parents house to open after church.

Jesse and meSiblings

We didn’t even start opening gifts until after lunch which made it hard to wait, but was also kinda nice because usually the excitement of Christmas morning is over by then so this made it last longer. In my family we take turns opening our gifts so that we can enjoy seeing what everyone else got. Dad usually passes out a gift from youngest to oldest, and we keep going in rounds until all the gifts are gone.

Dad with power toolMom opening scarfMom wearing scarfAsh with GPS

This year every gift seemed to come with a long story about how, when, why it was purchased. It’s always fun to hear about all the sneaky-ness that everyone had to keep secret until the gift was opened.

DeweyNicole with jewlery boxJesse with message cardMe with popsicle molds

As you can see, everyone gave and received so many nice gifts. There are lots of good shoppers in my family! So what was your favorite gift to give or get this year?

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

Isaiah 9:6-
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1:21-
And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!