We wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you,
our family and friends far and near!
2010 has been a year of many changes for us.
It was a wild ride (one we're sure is not over yet!):
When we started out in January, I was 5 months pregnant and standing as a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding. We were living in an apartment in Plano, Texas, and preparing for the arrival of our firstborn in May. Husby had been looking for full-time work for a while, and finally found a position at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. His start date was to be May 10, very near our due date, so our doctor agreed to do an induction at 38 weeks.
Little Man was born at 5:15pm on April 26th - 7lbs 5oz & 19in of beautiful baby boy! He turned our lives upside-down, and we couldn't be happier! Little Man was baptized on May 2nd at Faith Lutheran Church, and by the end of the week Husby was off to Utah to start his new job. Little Man & I stayed behind until the first week of June, waiting to ensure everyone was healthy enough for the trip. June 10th we all moved to Utah, and were living in Temporary Base Housing, waiting for a house to come available so that we could move our belongings in and get settled. Being a stay-at-home mother, and so far from family, I began keeping a daily blog of our activities and adventures in July (the beginning).
By the grace of God, a house never did come available for us, but we were shown another path He wanted us to take. With thoughtful prayer and a leap of faith, Husby left behind aircraft maintenance and transfered to an Air National Guard unit in Wichita, Kansas on August 14th and we readied ourselves to head to training in Satellite Communications. Schooling was expected to begin in September, but was pushed back to November - meaning we were going to be 'in-between' for a matter of months. Thankfully, my parents were kind enough to allow us to stay with them until we were back on our way again, and Husby was able to find work in the stock room at our local Macy's to make ends meet until his schooling started.
From August until November, we lived with the Brownes, enjoying the extra time with Grandma & Grandpa and soaking up the Texas sun. During that time, we also made a visit to Iowa for Husby's brother's wedding. We were both asked to stand with them; Little Man was not too happy about being away from his parents during the ceremony, but he did enjoy dancing with Nana & Opa at the reception. We are incredibly grateful for the time we had to spend with family in those months.
Orders finally came through for Husby to begin his training in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 15th, and we packed ourselves up and moved to Keesler Air Force Base. The move itself was rather eventful, and those who are interested can read the adventures starting here.
We are now settled into our home on the Mississippi gulf coast, and celebrating our first Christmas as a family of three. Husby's classes will finish up in June, at which time we'll be headed to Kansas to work with his unit at McConnell Air Force Base.
Our adventures continue, and we thank the Lord for His blessings. May He grant each of you the peace of assured salvation through the birth, death, and resurrection of His Son, without whom there would be no Christmas.