January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wow - 2013! I can't believe another year has come and gone. The other night I pulled out my fresh, new planner (I LOVE starting a new planner each year) and started filling in the things we have planned. I got so excited for 2013!

At the end of this month, we're going to DISNEY WORLD! I can't wait!!! Obviously it's common knowledge that I'm the biggest Disney fan there is, but I'm extra excited because it will be Liam's first time, and Evy is so excited to "show him everything!" Also, my family is going with us and it will be the first time we've been to Disney all together since 2006. We have some fun meals planned and we'll get to see the New Fantasyland, but most of all I'm just thrilled to have all that time together!

In February, Evy Kate will turn 4 years old! I seriously can't even believe that. I will have a four year old. She has been MAJORLY into "planning parties" lately (she likes to wrap her toys in dishcloths and give them to Liam as surprises, etc.) and it's been so cute to see what she wants for her party this year.

In March, I will go to my awesome adoption conference, Created for Care, in Atlanta. This is such a wonderful investment of time, and I'm in a very different place than I was when I first went last year. Last time I went, Liam had been home 5 months, and when I go this time almost a year and a half. A year makes a big difference in so many areas. It will be wonderful to be around adoptive moms and hear messages that really speak to the experience that is adoption. Kurt will also go on a medical mission trip to Honduras in March, so it will be a busy month.

In early April, Kurt and I are hoping to take a short "babymoon" trip to Chicago! We're hoping his schedule at work will allow for it, because neither of us has ever been there. It's not very far from where we live, so we look forward to getting to know the city and hopefully become familiar with visiting there. We also look forward to our niece Abby being born in April. :)

May is the big month - Lynley arrives!!! I can't even believe that as I type it. It's really not far away at all. I'm 21 weeks and feeling more flutters each day. I can't wait until Kurt and the kids can feel her kick too! I'm getting a nursery plan together and I'm excited to start working on everything. We did take a major step on Sunday - look what we did!

No, this is not the wall color - I'm painting it! Also slipcovering the rocking chair, etc. The only thing to show off here is that the crib is put together!
After that - NOTHING is on my calendar! Ha! I'm trying to remember back to newborn days and all I recall is that you just live in the moment and make no plans. :) I got so excited these last few days when I started to really think about Lynley joining our family and how the kids will react. I love every stage that I've had with Evy and Liam, and I'm so excited to do it again with our next little girl-child.

As far as goals for 2013, I really don't even know that I can name any, other than growing in my walk with Christ and being the best wife and mom I can be. Practically, I'd like to be more organized, and thankfully I might have a nesting instinct that will help with that in the next few months. I want to continue to keep our schedule clear and very simple, with few commitments and responsibilities. I've seen how much that helps my sanity and I've realized that while it might make me look like a recluse, it's a requirement for me to stay peaceful - it's just how I'm wired, and I've really come to own that and be confident about it. It feels good to realize who I am and releasing myself from what I think others think of me.

I think this is going to be a great year. Welcome, 2013!
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