Having small children has changed my perspective on the passage of time. Looking through the last twelve month's photographs makes the last year seem so full of growth, change, and love. A moment captured for each month of the year tells the story of our days.
January...discovering that our family would grow to four, Griff starting to walk and talk
February...sharing our big news with our families, celebrating my dad's 60th birthday with a surprise party
March...sweet, miraculous Crosby being born, spending unexpected, precious time with the Smiths
April...hooray for Jose's birthday, hosting a family cookout to celebrate
May...hiking and playing at Pueblo Mountain Environmental Park, relishing Griff's love for the outdoors
June...Cape Canaveral, pretending we live at the beach, while Jose works on Orion
July...look at all of us in one place for Chris and Sam's wedding, beach time, great food, lots of laughter, got to love a family wedding--no one dances like we do, um...seriously.
August...growing a baby and a garden
September...our sweet boy, Diego Brantley, was born, all the highs and lows of childbirth and infancy, the precious baby sounds and snuggles, the sleepless nights and worries
October...back to the beach, late nights for Jose, hours at the beach for us, a visit from Duke
November...the joy of returning home, Diego meeting cousins and uncles and an aunt for the first time, Griff being so happy to see his room...and family too
December...Deo's first Christmas, many celebrations, quality family time, laughter abounding
The theme for 2011 was most definitely family. We are thankful, so thankful, for all of the love that we've been given this year. I dream of a home filled with love and laughter. This year was a great start to that. As we walk into 2012, I feel energized and hopeful, especially remembering all of the joys from the past year. May the blessings continue to grow...and may we be ever thankful for them.