Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Very Happy New Year to You

2008 was a great year and I'm hoping 2009 will bring just as many grand things for us and for all of you. This past year we had some momentous reasons to celebrate and some disappointing dips but I think we came out on top in the end. Here's a recap. Chris graduated with his Master's degree, I got to quit my job, Brendan grew and learned so many new things I can hardly name them all, we celebrated 6 years of marriage, house-hunted for a while, and just enjoyed life as it came at us. 2008 also brought some difficult times and decisions. Chris accepted a new job in New Hampshire after much thought/prayer/debate, we lost a baby, had dear friends move away from us, and found out we have to get Brendan some extra help for his speech delay. But through it all, we've had amazing support from family and friends, and most importantly the Lord. We've been greatly blessed and I would be ashamed if I didn't thank my Heavenly Father for all he has given us in the past year. We're looking forward with optimism to all that the new year has to offer and hoping that you have a wonderful year as well.

See you from New Hampshire the next time we check in!


  1. Happy New Years! I liked hearing your overview of 2008--I didn't know that you had lost a baby, I'm so sorry to hear that. I've had many friends (and family members) that have gone through it and I can't imagine how hard that must have been. I also sometimes think that Maddy's speech might need some work. How did you find out about that?
    Anyway, good luck with your move. Can't wait to hear about your move and new state!

  2. I am so heartsick that you're gone. I got back from Arizona a few days ago and finally checked my blog yesterday. I called you today and found out about your big move. I was REALLY hoping you were moving just a couple blocks away, and I'd almost convinced myself. I love you and I'll miss you so much.

  3. I am so sad we didn't get together before you left, why did Chris have to go and get sick! Come on now! Well, keep us posted on how life goes over there!

  4. Valerie - I miss you guys so much - I love your Blog. Brendan is SO BIG - I can't believe it. He's such a good mix of you two. The photos your friend took are beautiful. Hopefully someday our paths will cross again. How far along were you when you miscarried? Is Brendan's speech development serious?