2012 Review in Words and pictures

After reading some interesting month-to-month reviews on 2012
on my Aunt Kelly's blog here
and Michlyn's blog here,
I thought I'd like to try to do one.  Here it goes
 
January:
We deiced to adopt from the DRC.
We were referred a sibling group that we fell in love with.
I got a larger part in a play at a local theatre.
February:
We continued working on adoption paper work and getting ready for a larger family.
We were thrilled when our cousins got a referral for their son, Carson.
March
We had a wonderful time buying clothes and toys for Chance and Benjamin.
Our hearts were broken when we received the news that they could not be adopted.
We continued to do adoption paper work and went to Raleigh to get immigration fingerprints.

April

We went to TVR Christian camp and loved it.
We found joy even in our sadness when we went to stay with our cousins Lucy and Lindsey while the rest of their family went to pick up Carson from Korea. 
 
May

We continued to grieve the loss of Chance and Benjamin, but trusted that it was in God's hands.
Brandon celebrated his 10th birthday at my grandparents house.

We were finally referred Bethany and Kaden and excitedly accepted them both!
We started getting ready for two new little ones and thoroughly enjoyed it!
June
We officially became a family of seven!
We started foregoing normal meals and ate rice and beans for a little while to raise money for the orphanage.
We ran a 5k.
We celebrated my Mom and Dad's 15 wedding anniversary.
 
July
I turned 13.
We had long swim practices and meets.
We went to the beach with my Dad's family.
We enjoyed watching the Olympics.
We started school early.
 
August
We got an embassy appointment.
We waited and waited.
We had a funny experience buying conditioner for Bethany's hair.
 
September
David turned 8.
Dad met Bethany and Kaden for the first time!  (sept. 10th)
 
 
We spent by far the longest time apart from my Mom and Dad when they traveled to Congo for 2 weeks to get Bethany and Kaden.

October
Bethany and Kaden came HOME!!!!
 Definitely the highlight of 2012!
November
We got our first family pictures and adjusted to being a family of 7
December
Enjoyed many new firsts and loved Christmas and family time!
 
There we go,
2012 review is over, just in time for 2013.
 As a side note, today last year we decided to adopt from Congo!
 

3 comments:

The Mac Fam said...

Great job girl!!! I might have to try that.

Ireland said...

Your family is really beautiful Brittany! I love seeing your posts about the adoptions! I love this idea and I think I'm gonna do this as well! :)

BTW: I responded to you comment on "About the girl"!

Carrie said...

Brittany, thanks for the note you left over at my blog Amazing Grace and a Safe Haven. I met your beautiful babies the day after they arrived at the baby house. Little Kadi just stole my heart! So happy to know they are home and in their forever family.