(*I started writing this post last week, but didn’t get the chance to finish it until today…  It’s a little late for a New Year’s post… but… at least I’m only five days late! 🙂 )  

 

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~ 2007 ~

What a year for our family — A year of promises fulfilled and unexpected blessings… along with a few partings and transitions…  A year of expansion in many areas — our hearts, our family, our friends, our vision… our house!  We gained a wonderful new brother-in-law when my sister was married in June — but then had to say good-bye as they moved to Portland shortly thereafter.  My parents also moved in June from their house next door — much to my dismay!  

 

Some of the highlights of last year for me (in no particular order) were:

  •  Playing league soccer for three months with Peter in Canada
  • Finally finishing our remodel in March and having more space in our house!
  • My sister’s wedding
  • Spring trip to Seattle
  • Our hiking and rock-climbing excursions
  • Taking Joanna camping in the Cascades
  • Ahmad living with us for three months
  • Traveling to Africa
  •  And hundreds of little things that collectively made up the year: Bike rides with Peter after work;  Good times with good friends; Spontaneous trips to Canada for coffee; Girl’s nights; Laughing hysterically with (and at) my daughter; Working in the garden; Curling up in bed at the end of a long day with a good book and a glass of wine; Long walks at dusk; Discovering new hiking trails; Picking huckleberries in the woods…. and on and on…  

I went through the family photos I have on file from last year and chose a few of my favorites from each month.  Many of them I have already shared, but a few are new…  (they’re mostly of Joanna! But it’s a good overview of the year.)  I tried to limit myself to a max of four or five per month — but there are still a lot of photos, so I’m sorry for those of you with a slow connection! 

 

Of course, the greatest highlight of last year was the incredible gift of our son — and our adoption journey throughout the year…  all the highs and lows and questions and emotions.  It was like a thread that wove itself around and through the rest of life.  Looking back, I cannot separate our adoption from any part of last year.  It was there through it all — in our hearts and on our minds — growing us and challenging us and changing us.  I have a lot more to say in reflection on the adoption… but it will come later.  For now, here are a few of my favorite pictures from ’07. 

 

January:

 

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February:

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March:

 

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April:

 

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May:

 

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June:

 

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July:

 

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August:

 

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September:

 

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October:

 

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November:

 

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December:

 

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