This year was full of precious memories. Here are just a few of my favorites:
In January we made a trip to Helen, Ga., to spend Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in a mountain cabin with three other couples. A mini golf tournament, the Cabbage Patch Doll General Hospital, Cards Against Humanity, explorations of a Bavarian Alpine village…all while hiding extreme pregnancy nausea and excusing myself from activities like horseback riding and hot tubbing.
In March we announced that baby Davis was on the way. I was 17 weeks pregnant and finally starting to feel like myself again. On Easter we revealed baby Davis was a girl with a backyard egg hunt for our families. The bump made its appearance at 22 weeks.
In April I traveled to Boston with two of my favorite gal pals for a wonderful few days of tourist adventures, public transportation and way too much food.
In July we had three incredible baby showers and took one more deep breath before our world changed forever. My best friends came from all over the country and reminded me of how richly the Lord has blessed us with the people in our lives.
Ladies Brunch Shower
In August we welcomed Avery Noelle and it was the highlight of our year. I succeeded in delivering my baby naturally with the support of my husband, mom, midwife and nurse. It was the culmination of 42 sanctifying weeks and one really hard day where heaven met earth and I grasped just how miraculous the human body is.
Goodness there’s so much more. We made improvements to the inside and outside of our house with the help of Cory’s parents. I avoided paint fumes while pregnant so the fresh white walls that bring me so much happiness are thanks to the hard work of their hands.
We conquered challenges in our jobs and found rest amidst hectic schedules.
We served in our church and strengthened relationships in our beloved small group.
And my fiddle leaf fig is still alive, if not thriving.
Ready for you, 2017.