A few words to describe 2012
January: preggy sick, marriage retreat (grace, blessing, and brokenness), baby #2 announcement
February: Corban decided he wanted to be potty trained, 2nd trimester yes please!, praying through questions about the future
March: youth retreat in Canada, blessed by both sides visiting for Corban’s birthday, 3rd annual chili cook off deliciousness
April: it’s (most probably!) going to be a girl, birthday 25 for this lady, started our first vegetable babies inside, last Iowa visit before baby arrives (or so we thought…)
May: Corban with Grandparents for a week, painted baby room, ripped up carpet in parsonage, tried to keep myself busy as we didn’t know where we were supposed to be in the fall…
June: planted our first garden, went to graduation parties, celebrated seniors, enjoyed Coldwater instructors and sharing our home with friends, Caleb applied for a middle school youth director position at a church in Iowa, I got huge
July: a blur of prayer, tears (happy, sad, excited, frustrated, anxious…), visits to Iowa, interviewing, anticipation, waiting, contractions, blueberry picking very pregnant, and lots of sweet time spent at the big lake enjoying our family of three before crazy life changes
August: sweet and beautiful Brielle Kathleen born August 1, trip to Iowa for candidate weekend, Caleb accepted the job in Iowa and pastored Jake and Elissa’s wedding, went back to Grand Marais to pack and were showered with love by our Grand Marais family. Caleb turned 25 somewhere in there.
September: big move to Iowa, Caleb began his job (loved it from day one), settled in to having two babies in a new home, I started going to a Bible study with a group of ladies, we joined a small group, Brielle can’t tolerate dairy (no more butter for this mama)
October: I started leading a small group of really great freshman girls, fell into a new family rhythm, Corban loved the apple orchard, visited the Coulson’s and their new baby girl
November: enjoyed a warm fall, ate lots of steel cut oats with pumpkin, I made a wedding cake and spoke at youth group, got to spend Thanksgiving with both sides of the family
December: really focused on advent as a family, enjoyed teaching Corban the story of God coming to be with us, became aunt and uncle, spent Christmas Eve as a family of 4 and Christmas with both sides, met our new nephew on a trip to Orange City, got sick and spent New Years Eve asleep
And so this year began and ended with…being sick. Well, that’s anticlimactic.