Thinking back on the past decade is slightly mind numbing, but in a good way...
In 2000 we moved our little family of 3 into our 2nd home.
In 2001 Marney was born, bringing endless joy (and lots of laughs) to our expanding family.
In 2002 we sold our little home, and moved to a slightly bigger one in Saline.
2003 was full of keeping up with two little girls, gardening, and home remodeling.
In 2004 Owen joined our family and two weeks later our house went up for sale, we were on the move again. Jim's "secure" career in the automotive industry was suddenly uncertain.
2005 was a year of major transition, with jobs in the auto industry being lost left and right, we made the decision to accept a job out of state. We sold our home in Michigan and moved to Vermont.
2006 began with us enjoying life in Vermont, making awesome new friends, but missing home. Not to worry though, it would not be a quiet year. The second half of that year would find us back home in Michigan where we belong, but now missing Vermont and the life we established there. We learned that life is full of difficult choices, but choosing family is always the right one.
2007 brought another life transition, I went from being a stay at home Mom to full time student, and working part time. Jim started a new job, thankfully not in the auto industry, this would prove to be a very good move, as even harder times were ahead for the big 3 and Detroit. When the "recession" hit, surprising many, we felt like it had already happened to us, and took it in stride.
In 2008 along with everything else going on in our busy life, we made the decision to educate our children at home. This has above and beyond been the best decision we ever made for our family. It has changed us all in too many ways to describe.
2009 In March we said "yes!" when God asked us to commit to a child in need. In November we lost Grandpa, and in December I graduated from nursing school.
As we enter a new decade, and a new chapter in our lives, I hope we are a little wiser and a little less restless. I hope we always remember that when we are faced with a choice that we always choose family. We can't wait to get Joseph home, and see what direction in our lives this special little boy will take us.
(Madeline was a little miffed that I did not include 1999 in this post, I tried to explain that it is a summary of the last decade, not our entire life. Didn't work. So here you go honey. 1999 was the year that our Madeline was born. She took us from being a couple to being a family, and has been a source of joy for almost 11 years now. We are truly blessed that God chose us to be her parents.)
May your new year be blessed!