2011 has been one astonishing surprise after another! First, we surprised ourselves in January by agreeing to adopt a 4-legged family member: the most lovable little shih-tzu puppy named Ruby. Then, in May (ironically immediately after we sold our baby items in a yard sale) we were shocked (and, once we caught our breath: delighted) with the discovery that we were "unexpectedly expecting" yet another addition - this time the 2-legged kind. Halle will finally get the sister she's always wanted, Charli, who is due in February. Next, we spent our summer & fall in an unforeseen renovation of our main floor. However, we are enjoying the new paint, flooring, moulding & especially that the project is completed! Another happy revelation? When Halle & Wyatt started school, it was the SAME school: Legacy Prep. Wyatt was fortunate enough to get in last year so to have them finally together was a blessing indeed! We're so pleased with their academic progress & hard work! And yet the surprises didn't stop: I was next in disbelief that my time in Young Womens had come to an end & although I miss it, I have a new opportunity participating in the ward music program. Brett is kept on his toes with the children in his primary class & hard work at GSL - all while being such a great father & patient husband! And finally, Mr. Carson has continued to amaze us with his humor & astute (yet brutally honest) observations. He is a fun preschooler who can't wait to start kindergarten next fall! He's also excited to no longer be the youngest in the family & has informed us that once the baby comes he believes he will be so grown up that he "will probably not punch her".
So we welcome 2012 with open arms and plan to embrace whatever new surprises come our way. What we are currently looking forward to most is our new daughter, who we hope will come sometime within the next 3-4 weeks. It makes it feel so soon, and yet we cannot wait!
May the blessings - blessings from abundance and also blessings from our trials - continue to bring us closer to our Savior and to each other in this next opportunity for a new year and growth.