Saturday, January 1, 2011

Reflections on the Year Behind

As the clock rolls from December 31, 2010 to January 1, 2011 I find myself reflecting on the year behind us. 2010 was a good year for our family. There are many, many highlights I could share from our year, but I'll limit them to the big ones.

~2010 was the first full calendar year that I got to be a stay-at-home mommy. I count this as a blessing every day and am so thankful that I have gotten to be home with Adair, teaching and training her, playing with her, taking her places and just plain having fun. We have had a great year together!

~At the end of 2009 we decided to start visiting new churches. We visited Mountain Brook Community Church on the first Sunday of 2010 and never made it anywhere else. It was "love at first visit". We have made so many wonderful friends and built a sweet support system in just one year's time. We are both so grateful that God lead us to the place He wanted us to worship and grow.

~Hank started a new job with FindLaw on January 7, 2010. It has been a huge blessing to our family. He now works from home and travels only on a rare occasion.

~In June, my mom and dad moved to Birmingham. This is the first time since I went away to college in 1999 that the three of us have lived in the same city. I grew up in Centreville, Alabama just about an hour outside of Birmingham, but having them 15 mintues away has been amazing.

~Adair started at Creative Montessori School on August 15, 2010. The Montessori method is one that was introduced to us by my mom and after exploring and researching it, we decided it would be a good preschool environment for Adair. She is thriving in this environment and has become so much more independent, self-confident and self-sufficient since she started at CMS.

~2010 was the year of potty training. It didn't take the entire year, but it did define 5 months of our year. We started potty training in July when Adair was just 25 months old and continued until it finally clicked in November. She is now fully potty trained and fully reliable. We are so proud of her.

I would be lying if I implied that 2010 only brought good things to our family. We faced some difficult things as well, the most notable being infertility. But through challenges we only grow stronger and closer to God. I will always be thankful for hardships, because they remind me that God works together for the good of those who love Him. He never promised that our walk would always be easy, only that He would walk with us through it all.

So, 2011, we greet you with fervor and great anticipation. May you be a year of growth and joy.


  1. Hi Brecca, I am so glad you started blogging, I love keeping up with your family. I really miss being neighbors, I especially miss our Christmas morning brunches. I live in a neighborhood where everyone keeps to themselves. I realize how lucky we all were to grow up where we did. I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with infertility, I follow many bloggers who deal with that. I will keep you and Hank in my prayers.

  2. Hey girl I so wish we lived closer together so our girls could play and we could have some good mommy time. I read through your year in review and had to laugh a little that is how our new year is panning and I am dreading the potty training and the transitioning to the big girl bed. We struggled with infertility the first go round with Emmy and I totally understand how difficult it can be. The part for us that became comical is that I fell back into it will probably take a while the second time around and boom here we are. I am so excited but totally over whelmed to think about having two so small. I will be thinking about you and your family through 2011. Maybe we can get our girls together one day.