Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Look back at 2009!

I thought I would the opportunity this New Year's Eve to look back at the good, the bad, the ups and downs and oh the many, MANY blessings that I have been blessed with this year. This is probably the longest post I have ever done, filled with many pictures, so please grab your favorite cup of java and let's get started.
JANUARY- truly a HUGE month, so busy, but Sooooooo happy!
On Jan 17, 2009 I married my best friend. He has been truly an amazing gift from the Lord. I can't believe we will celebrate our 1 yr anniversary in 2 weeks! Here are some pics of that glorious day!

It was seriously the coldest day of the year! It was only 13 degrees out, notice the ICE in the background on the fountain! Brrrrrrrr
A beautiful shot.
My BFF Kate and her precious daughter Katianna. She lives in Minneapolis and I sure miss her. One day sweet Kate we will live closer! Thanks for being my maid of honor!
And anyone who reads this blog at all knows, my Sweetness LOVES Clemson. Here is his groom's cake....."The Paw says it All!"
Thank you everyone who made our day the most magical and beautiful day we dreamed of!
And after every great wedding, is a fantastic getaway called a honeymoon! My Sweetness booked us an amazing trip to Colorado to go snow skiing! Awesome!

Here we are walking the streets of Vail.
A shot of us on the slopes in Breckenridge!We even met RiperRoo !
Sweetness booked us a magical sleigh ride in the snow, complete with hot chocolate!
We posed in our condo before we left!
Then we came home to a house full of tons of presents! We had a ball opening them all up! Thank you to everyone who blessed us that day and all year! Precious memories. I will never forget.......
Then on Jan 29th was my 33rd Birthday. I felt like we were celebrating all month!
We went to dinner with my Mom and Dad at PF Chang's.

FEBRUARY- I started off the month taking my first trip ever to Utah. My job had their National Sales Meeting there in Park City, good times!!
I got to snow ski again! Wooo hoot!

Then we all celebrated at our good friends Robin and Mark as they became husband and wife!!! AND they just found out yesterday they are expecting their first baby!!! Love you guys!

Then the next couple months of Spring kind of flew by........ just settling in to married life.
JUNE- I prepared for my Sweetness's big 40th Birthday for months! Finally on June 9th- he went over the hill with an all day celebration!!!
The cake I had made for him, Snoopy the flying Ace!! He LOVES Snoopy!
We went para sailing earlier in the fun!

He was pretty happy about all his presents! Just LOVE him!JULY- The month I started this blog! When I look back at all the posts, it really is a nice way of "journaling" so to speak!
Also, My sweet Mom had her knee replaced in July. She had a tough recovery but looking back now, she is sure glad she got it done. I am too, she is not in so much pain all the time. The Lord really had His hand in so many things with regard to this surgery.
And in July.......we had our first IVF. Here are our two precious ones that we lost in the first IVF attempt. I know they are in heaven with the Lord, but it does not make it hurt any less when you look at them.......
AUGUST- We remodeled our guest bathroom......It sure was some back-breaking work, but we are happy with how it turned out.
SEPTEMBER- We purchased new furniture. We have since gotten rid of this coffee table and purchased a neat leather ottoman that stores things inside. Very Comfy!
I also took another trip out West to Arizona for another National Sales Meeting. It was sooooo hot in Scottsdale, but very posh!
OCTOBER- I was let go from my job, but it sure has turned out to be such a blessing! I knew at the time that God had something great in store for me, it was kind of exciting to see what it would be. We also started IVF #2 with our frozen embryos.
NOVEMBER- One of the highlights of the year was going to the Clemson game with Sweetness. He just loves his alma mater and we both LOVE college football! We had an amazing time and I will never forget this amazing experience.

AND...... we had our second IVF transfer on Nov. 19th with these three precious embryos. Again it was negative. To say we were heartbroken is an understatement, but as with ALL things, we must keep going and keep our faith. I know all 5 of my precious babies are in heaven, loved and happy; but oh how my heart aches for them. I loved all of them.
DECEMBER- The best time of the year!!! To get us started and get into the Christmas Spirit, Sweetness and I went to Busch Gardens and saw ChristmasTown. Awesome!!! Here are some highlights.....

And also, I landed a wonderful new job as a college professor, teaching Anatomy and Physiology. The Lord really has blessed us with this opportunity, and I feel like I am making a real difference. I love it way better than sales, and not so much stress. When I left my last job, my company car went with it, so it was time to buy some new wheels. Here is a pic of my beautiful 2010 Toyota Camry. This is a sweet car, and I am enjoying it!
That brings us to CHRISTmas! Truly the best time of the year! My BFF Kate sent me a surprise package to my Mom's that I found under the tree. Thank you Kate! I sure do miss you and KK- and am so jealous of all that snow you have!!!!
And Sweetness wanted a Clemson Snuggie ever since we saw them on TV. Well here he is trying it on for the first time. Funny thing is, I ordered him a Clemson one and me an Alabam Roll Tide one at the same time. Well his came in like 4 days, I still have YET to get my Alabama one! But at least the important one came!
And something we will never forget.....Sooo funny! The day after Christmas, my mom and dad were taking my grandma's car down to her, well it was stuck in the mud in their side yard because we have had like 126" of rain this year......Seriously nothing but mud here in VA. Well me, Sweetness and Mom all were pushing on the front of her van while my dad tried to put it in reverse and well what you see below is what happened.
We laughed and laughed, I just had to take a picture of my mom! Love her!
And a final shot of me and Sweetness. He is my most precious gift!
So there you have it, our year in review. What a crazy one it has been!
I think I have experienced the highest-highs and lowest-lows this year on our journey, but it is our journey together. In our broken times, it is when we find more of HIM, it is when we see how far we have come and what we have left to work on. Our journey to parenthood is not over, we have no idea where we will be next year, we could still be in this same place or have a baby in our arms and their stocking hung on the mantle. But through it all we WILL believe in our Lord, His Sovreignty and His Will.
Through the highs and lows, the great and the not-so-great, I feel His grace fall like rain on my life. I still believe in His faithfulness, I still believe in His Truth, I still believe in His Holy Word......and even when I don't see........I STILL BELIEVE!!!!
PS- I know many of you "lurk" out there and dont comment (like I do too on some blogs) but if you have enjoyed reading this blog, please leave a comment- I would love to see who is really reading all my ramblings!


  1. Heather, I am praying for you! Thanks for sharing your life in this blog!

  2. 1 Samuel 1:27

    For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.


  3. We love you as well sweet friend! Holding your hand in prayer through this next very wonderful 2010 year. It only gets better!! P.S. You have inspired me to maybe setup a blogspot. Maybe... :)

    Love Ya!

  4. What else can I say babe. I never thought I could love someone as much as I love her and I'm looking forward to what God has in store for both of us.

  5. Happy New Year.. 2009 in review was great!! I just wanted to wish you both a wonderful 2010
    NC Girl

  6. Have I ever shared that I love your wedding dress? Seriously.

    A great recap... what great things the Lord has done and WILL DO!

    With Love,
    The Martins

  7. Heather, what a sweet blog! I remember a time when you weren't sure if you'd find the love of your life and look what God had for you.
    Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
    Love ya