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Time to reflect

I'm a little late but last year literally flew by for us. Chris and I always love to look back at the year and all that went on.
  • January 2009, we got pregnant (and didn't know it)....I was having a really tough time dealing with the miscarriage and feeling hopeless. If you've ever experienced a loss, you know what I'm talking about. My body was messed up. We traveled to Lake Arrowhead with my family and had a blast. I turned another year older and celebrated with my family and friends.
  • February, found out we were pregnant! Got a positive on February 3rd. Could hardly believe my eyes. Surprised Chris with a valentines onzie. We celebrate on Catalina Island over the weekend and praised God for answering our prayers. He restored our hope.
  • March, don't remember too much. I had morning sickness and hid at home most of the month.
  • April, Chris was super busy working overtime at the firm. We went to Vegas with his company and had a great time. Found out on the last day of the month that we were expecting a baby GIRL!
  • May, headed to Babies R' Us on May 1st to register for our baby girl ( we were a little excited!), I celebrated my first mothers day!, we found out on May 13th that Kate had a cyst on her brain. We saw the cyst with our own eyes on May 22nd. We prayed. and prayed. and prayed. We had so many people praying for a miracle. Went back in for another ultrasound on May 27th, the cyst was GONE! The doctors were amazed, they said it was a miracle. It truly was. The Lord healed Kate. Our Faith was increased. We celebrated and enjoyed a fabulous trip with the Andrews in Cabo San Lucas. Just what we needed. So refreshing.
  • June, we experienced many more of our prayers being answered! Our good friend Aron called and told us that his wife and two sons had finally made it to America. They had been separated for 11 years. It was amazing meeting them. Such precious people who truly love Jesus and live for Him in every way. We started the nursery. Painted it pink, had crown molding put in and started setting up the furniture. Celebrated Chris' first fathers day!
  • July, I had a scare and was sent to L&D to check on Kate, Jackson Wade made his entrance into the world 7 weeks early, enjoyed a relaxing trip to the desert with my family, went to the OC fair (which I had been waiting all year for), Celebrated my grandmas 80th birthday and my sisters sweet 16. Lots of partying!
  • August, spent a week in Maui with my family. Best trip we have ever been on. SO relaxing and gorgeous. Definitely our favorite place we've been to yet! Kate and I were showered with 5 AMAZING baby showers. So much love and precious gifts. Plantation shutters were installed in the nursery and celebrated my hubby's birthday!
  • September, kicked off the month by celebrating my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary with the whole family, had my maternity pictures taken, was hospitalized for 3 days with the H1N1 flu, had a really tough time with pregnancy and wasn't able to keep anything down, was praying for relief and for the safety of our baby girl and finished getting her room all ready for her!
  • October, Chris and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary on the 6th! I went out to dinner with my family while he was working overtime. Don't worry we celebrated over the weekend. Welcomed our baby girl into the world on the 7th. Best day of our life. Kate became extremely sick and had to be on heavy medications to fight her staph infection.
  • November, celebrated Kate's first Thanksgiving. Counted our countless blessings.
  • December, lost our precious Riley cat on the 2nd, took Kate to the ER due to her infection returning, celebrated the birth of Jesus and had the best Christmas yet. Our friend Aron has now been reunited with his whole family, his oldest son Marhowie is now here! (got to meet him via skype), and rang in the new year at home!

Wow, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I know I am missing a ton of stuff but this is what stuck out in my mind. 2009 was one of our best years yet even though I know it seems as if there were a lot of trials. We definitely had some tough times but I would not trade them for anything. Chris and I have grown so much in our faith this year. My pregnancy really kept us on our knees. We went through some scary things but we have already been able to use those trials to encourage others who are going through the same things we went through. In the end, every single worry, heart ache and tear was worth it. Kate Marie is the best thing that has happened to us and our family. She is precious. We have so much to be thankful for. I feel so undeserving of all of this. Thank you Lord for 2009 and all of the blessings you bestowed upon us. We are so excited that 2010 is here and can't wait to see what's in store for our family. Stick with us and follow us on this adventure that we're on..

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