NYE: a look back over 2012

Tonight is the first new years eve that we're staying in. We usually find something to do, friends or family to be with. But this year it's different, this year we have a baby who is presently fast asleep and has no idea 2012 is over and a new year is beginning in less than 3 hours. As we tucked baby Anna into bed earlier tonight we kissed her over and over again like we usually do, but this time we reminisced and told her how amazing this past year was, a year filled with new beginnings, greater love, and endless Jubilee!

Since I'm not a big journal writer (I dabble here and there) I decided to look through my photos and blog posts of the past year and reflect on how great it was. So many great times:

January: we found out we were pregnant with Juice Drop! We also moved into our new home.
February: we took a trip to Ohio to share with our family and good friends that we were pregnant.
March: My sister and brother visited us and we hiked Crowders Mountain. Visits from the sibs are the best! We also shared with the world (aka Facebook and you all!) that we were expecting.
April: we found out Juice Drop is a girl!
May: One of my best friends, Heather, had her baby, Kiah, who is of course Anna's best friend :)
June: we went on vacation with my family to Fort Myers, Florida and it rained the whole time! We also celebrated Travis' first Father's Day.
July: we went on our babymoon, our last vacation just the two of us, to Amelia Island, Florida. 
August: we took an 11 hour road trip to Indiana to be in one of my best friend's weddings. Even though I was 34 weeks pregnant I was not going to miss seeing Lindsey walk down the aisle!
September: the best month of all, Juice Drop arrives and finally gets a name! Anna Jubilee made her debut on the 21st (her Mama's birthday nonetheless!)
October: Anna took her first road trip to Charleston, met her grandparents and aunts and uncle, had her first halloween, and showed her first smile!
November: we celebrated Anna's first Thanksgiving in California with her aunt and uncle (Travis' brother). 
December: A month that went by way too fast but was filled with great family and friends! Anna celebrated her first Christmas, met her great grandparents, went to the zoo for the first time, and sat on Santa's lap!

God Bless You in 2013!


  1. i seriously love this post. it's so beautiful and remind me a whole lot of my year since our babies were on almost the exact same timeline :) it was just so beautiful and special to be with my baby tonight, and it's so cool that you know exactly how i feel. i love all of your pictures! anna is so perfect.
    happy new year!

    1. Thank you! Your little one is too precious! It is neat to be able to look at one another's blogs and pics and compare what we're going through because it is a lot of the same :) Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. such cute pictures! ya'll are adorable!

    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you and all your boys! :)

  3. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

  4. I loved learning about your family through this post. What blessings you have! Have a wonderful weekend <3