Tuesday, December 31, 2013


We've reached the end of 2013. I feel like the older I get, the faster the time goes. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that it's going to be 2014!

Much has happened to us in the last twelve months. Here's a little recap of what this year looked like for our family:

January: K turned six months old and Danica celebrated her honorary 4th birthday:

February: We had our first big trip to the emergency room after some issues with K's lungs. I also shared parts of our adoption story on BlogHer.

March: Someone had far too much to drink on St. Patty's Day . . .

April: I celebrated my first birthday as a parent, and K said her first word -- dada!

May: Joey graduated from UCF, and then our whirlwind travel month began. We took our first trip with K (to Atlanta to watch my brother graduate). I flew up to D.C. to participate in Advocacy Day. Then, Joey and I took our first trip sans baby to celebrate our five-year wedding anniversary.

June: I bought my very first new car as an adult!

July: Our baby was no longer a baby -- turning 1 on July 2 to cap off an amazing year of growth, love, and oh so much laughter.

August: Joey and I began, unbeknownst to some, seriously applying for jobs in the Seattle area. We also placed our house for sale.

September: We took our first family trip on an airplane to see my SIL, BIL, and our new nephew. But that wasn't the only first for this month. K also took her first steps and said "mama" for the first time! I came out to Seattle for a job interview that didn't pan out. Little did we know what was around the corner . . .

October: Joey was offered a job in Seattle and accepted. We were heading to the west coast!

November: A month for the books. We sold our very first house. I was offered a job in Seattle. We celebrated Thanksgiving with our families. And then, we packed up our lives and moved over 3,000 miles from home.

December: It's been a long month of getting settled in our new city. We both started new jobs, we had to get K adjusted at her school, and we of course had a new climate and culture to get used to, as well (in addition to the time change). But we managed to get ourselves into a routine -- just in time to celebrate the holidays with my family.

Which brings us to now. Never in a million years did I think that I would be writing my final post of 2013 in Seattle. What an adventure it's been. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for us in this wonderful new city. And that the new year brings positive events to each and every one of you, regardless of where you are in your journey with infertility.

Cheers to you and yours, and have a very safe and happy New Year.


Jen said...

Happy New Year! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in Seattle!

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Happy new year!

Em said...

What a great year for a beautiful family. Congratulations on your lovely little miss. Blessings on you for the year ahead.

Weylin said...

Happy New Year! De-lurking to say thank you for your story and courage. It helps to steady me on this very rocky road.


Becky said...

Wow, a big year, indeed! Here's to settling in and new adventures to come :)

dspence said...

What a year! Praying for 2014 to be even better :-)

someday-soon said...

Great recap =) Happy New Year!