Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Had This Idea...

I was going to do a wonderfully detailed account of 2008 as a year in review type thing. What I discovered is that it takes a long time to recount an entire year! Instead, I'll just hit the highlights.

February (what day, I'm not sure)- Edwin and I decide to pursue the IMB and look at doing mission work. This is just when we decided to start the application process. We weren't entirely sure that the timing was right, but God made that abundantly clear in His time.

March 21- Ella entered our worlds, making DeLaynie a big sister. I was a little unhappy about having a C-section, especially after pushing for 2 hours, but she is healthy and happy. What more can you ask for?

DeLaynie's actual reaction to seeing her sister for the first time. It didn't take long for them to warm up to one another, though.

July 24- I start this earth-shattering blog. Edwin gave me a digital SLR camera (oooooo, ahhhh) for my birthday, so I thought that I could use this blog to show off my budding skills as a photographer. I'm not so sure about skills, but I certainly use this blog as a way of posting pictures of my beautiful subjects (a.k.a- daughters).

My main intention was to use it as a way to chronicle the missionary process. By this time, we were completely confident that we were meant to go overseas, though we were still unsure exactly how it was all going to play out.

November 7- After attending the conference for potential short-term missionaries, Edwin and I discovered an intense desire to head to Nicaragua to serve the people there. We've never been there, but the people of Nicaragua are already planted into our hearts.

December 15- We pack up and move to Alabama. As difficult as it was to leave the people of Middle Creek, God gave us a peace in knowing that we were following Him. He is so faithful to His children! Here we remain for a little while.

December 29- It was a mere two days ago that the single greatest occurrence of the year struck! Okay, not really, but I needed a transitional statement. I got my haircut, and apparently this is news. In order to make the sweet commenters happy, I am posting photos of my hair as it is now.

I'm not sure why, but having your photo taken by your husband for the purpose of showing the world a new haircut, that isn't even dramatic, is a bit awkward. My brother was sitting on the couch, and he was admittedly uncomfortable. And it wasn't because of a loose spring. Anyway, there you go. That's the way to end the year with a bang! To close out 2008, here are pictures... of me? You can't say that I don't give the people what they want.
Have a wonderful, safe New Year!


Nina D. Casteel said...

I love the new cut,and the great are glowing.I can see how happy you are.It must be that great air and Ala.sun,and warm weather.It is a great length for you.Edwin done a great job,but look who he had for a model.

the Mama of the Peas said...

Wow! You look great! I love the top picture especially!

Rachel said...

Cute haircut!
Sorry us readers are such a pain to work with and all. . . ;)
We'd still like to see you guys before you leave! Let us know if you're planning on being in Birmingham any time soon. . .