Wow! What a year 2011 has been. I was talking with Christian last night and I told him I think 2011 has been one of my most challenging years...yet my most rewarding year. Challenging in lots of little ways...but rewarding in one huge way...a new addition to our family!
February: In February, much to our surprise we discovered we were expecting! Can't tell you how shocked we were to learn we were going to be parents! One of the greatest surprises of our lives!
March: In March, we officially shared with all our friends and family our news. We had such a blast doing different things in order to share that we were expecting. Like wrapping a pregnancy test inside a gift bag and giving it to my mom and dad...or posing to take a picture with my in-laws and having Christian say "everyone say...Ashlee's pregnant". Christian even disguised one announcement in a dinner prayer by blessing our unborn child...let's just say that prayer got interrupted by hoops and hollers!
April: In April, I started a new part time job working at the LPC Board. Met my dear friend Mary Alice...someone who I know will be a lifetime friend.
May: In May, we were able to find out the gender of baby Moots...Still one of the best days of my life was the day we found out what we were having. We had both sets of parents in the room with us to find out...and boy... were we all shocked to discover it was a girl! I was thrilled!!!! We celebrated with a fabulous Gender Reveal Party that was just the icing on the cake!
Overall this has been a wonderful year. So many memories and special occasions that I will cherish and hold dear to my heart forever. I give all praise to my Lord for His faithfulness and goodness throughout this year. Even when times were tough...He was always right there holding our hands. I am so sad to see this year come to an end...it will always be a year we remember.
My hopes for 2012 are simple. I hope to become a better wife and mother. I hope to make more time for family and friends. I hope to learn to relax a little and embrace each moment. I hope to participate in another triathlon. And last but not least...I hope to draw closer to the Lord and really focus on becoming more passionate and devoted to His word.
May 2012 be a blessed year for you as well...may your prayers be answered this year and may you draw nearer to God throughout each day.
So long 2011...you were a great one...