Wow...I can hardly believe that it is January 1, 2009. It just seems like we celebrated the entrance of 2008! I am so excited about what this new year has in store for us. While I am excited about the future, I also look back at 2008 with great memories. One of the biggest memories was mine and Brad's trip to Europe. What an amazing opportunity - two and a half weeks traveling around Switzerland, Italy, and France. This past year also included many exciting moments for our friends - between engagements and weddings and additions to families, as well as expecting new additions to their families, it has been quite exciting. My mom faced a few extra challenges this past year, but I am happy to say that she is doing really well. In fact, I told her I think she has recovered back to her "normal state" (whatever that maybe...hehe). I am very thankful that she recovered somewhat speedily. The doctors told her that it often can take up to two years to recover from a brain injury, and though it is frustrating, here we are 9 months after the fact and she seems to only be having her typical, age-related "brain farts". Hooray! We can definitely handle those :) This past year was also very challenging for many people across the world. We are so lucky to have good jobs, a roof over our head, food on the table, and great family & friends surrounding us.
Finding out that Brad and I would be welcoming a bundle of joy into this world was probably the most surreal experience of 2008. I think we appreciate it that much more because it took a little extra work - and we really cannot wait to meet her! Only 4 months to go, which sounds like a lot, but considering we have known the good news since the end of August, that is no biggy at all!
We look forward to what this year holds for us, and we know that as long as we continue in our faith and walk alongside eachother, we can face any challenge or triumph. Thanks so each and every one of you that has played an important role in our life. vvAs we toasted to the new year last night at midnight, we dedicated the toast to Baby Coulter - what a wonderful and special toast to share with some of our best friends. We wish you all a healthy, happy, and fruitful 2009!