Happy 2011!

January 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

At my birthday dinner, Ben and I reminisced over 2010 and some of the major events we experienced over the year. So, dear blog readers, here is an abridged version for your enjoyment.

 

JANUARY

In the first month of the year, I had my first doula client and the birth of my god-daughter. What a blessing to be at her birth!

My first doula client and one of my best friends Holly and baby Winter Grace

We then headed to Palm Springs, CA for a midwinter vacay. Contrary to the snow you see high up on the mountain, it was sunny and mid 60s.

A Snowy Palm Springs Vacation

 

FEBRUARY

We packed and moved out of the city

Enjoying our old Green Lake apartment

 

MARCH

We had our first overnight guest! Winter (3 1/2 months) and Ben having some fun together

Winter imitating Ben...probably after talking about the Seahawks latest trade

 

APRIL

We had the help of a designer student to decorate our living room. It looks perfect! I love being home.

Our new apartment fully decorated!

 

MAY

I met Ben in New York while he was on a work trip and we celebrated his birthday lying on the beach in Virginia with the incredible Casey Tait

 

In the Library of Congress

We also spent time in Portland at the Young Professionals Weekend Getaway.

Hiking Multonomah Falls with YP

 

JUNE

I helped teach a birthing class though the City Church City Group. What a fun experience to work with an amazing doula (Holly Cervantes) and her husband and to help teach these expecting parents about labor and birth.

The City Church Birth Class

 

JULY

We celebrated our 2 year anniversary with a trip to Orcas Island

On the Ferry

Doing model shots for fun

My handsome husband

If you’ve ever wondered where my avatar blog picture came from, here it is!

Sunset on Orcas

 

AUGUST

We celebrated my wonderful mom’s 39th birthday

The Leyde 5

I hit up Chelan with some girlfriends (remember this post?) while Ben was in Africa on business

Lovely ladies

 

SEPTEMBER

Then I finally met up with Ben in Uganda! He finished his business with World Vision in Kenya and Zambia and met me outside customs in Entebbe Airport in Uganda. What a welcome sight! I was very sick (see here for more details) before leaving but God healed me and gave me strength, I took antibiotics, and it was a wonderful trip (more here).

Kyambura Gorge - going chimpanzee tracking

 

Ben preached

 

I nursed

 

OCTOBER

We made the difficult but wonderful decision to transition to Mars Hill Church (read more here). We are so thankful to be at a church that is missional (http://www.acts29network.org/) and is centered on the Gospel. The word that has resonated with both Ben and I the most this year is community. We have such a rich community in the body of Christ with such wonderful relationships. If you don’t have a good community, there’s hope! God will place you into a family. You don’t have to live life alone.


I’ve also been learning how to do ultrasounds for my volunteer work at Carenet (more here) this past year

 

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER

We celebrated birthdays, holidays and more holidays, and more birthdays (including mine!). We worked hard this year, experienced a lot of heart ache and difficulty, but God was faithful. And we can see His hand on us throughout the year.

 

JANUARY 1st,  2011

Here’s to a wonderful new year full of true Peace and Joy. Happy 2011!

Lake Chelan

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