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Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Year in Pictures

2010 in Pictures

In January Angela had her very first season in floor hockey. She LOVED it!

And Connecting the Rainbow was formed, which meant collecting all the donated supplies for Bulgaria.

In March we spent a lot of time preventing cabin fever as we waited for warmer weather.




We didn't know it yet, but April was the month that would change our lives forever.

These boots would see places I'd never dreamed of.

I loaded up all my things, plus two hundred pounds of donated supplies, and headed for Serbia and Bulgaria!


I met the most amazing children there! EVERY ONE of these children is coming home soon, or is already HOME with their forever family!!!!




I saw places rich with historical importance.

And in April I met Axel for the very first time.

I got to experience wonderful moments.

Learn what happens when there are language barriers

And make friends for life.




May brought a tooth extraction for Angela

And a lot of lay'in around!



June brought the birth of baby Earl (son of Dean's nephew)


June also brought Angela's 14th birthday...


And of course party tricks!


In June Angela went to camp. Twice.



In July we went north to my parent's home for my sister Sandie's wedding.

And Dean worked on getting the house painted. (it's December...it's still not done.)




In July, Angela's oldest brother Rob and his family came to visit.



And some of us just tried to be cool!





I August I had my 25 year class reunion. Really? TWENTY FIVE YEARS?

Angela played some guitar

And Bella came to our house to wait the arrival of her babies.



September was all about exercises in patience

And watching the puppies grow, which is also all about patience!






In October we watched the puppies grow some more.


Angela had her area bowling tournament...

Where she won another ribbon (and a gold at state!)

I also put our Dossier in the mail to Axel's country!

The last week of October Bella's puppies went home to their new families.






November was all about getting ready for Axel to come home!



And last, but not least, December brought me to Serbia to complete our adoption of Axel.






Meeting Papa and Angela for the very first time!




Very first night in his new bed


Christmas brought us rock concerts in the living room

And a lot of love too!


Happy New Year from all of us.
It's safe to say that 2010 has been an important year for our family. You never know what each day has in store for you. Live 2011 like you're excited to find out what's around the corner!


5 comments:

Cindy said...

Looks like you had a great year!
I loved the pictures of Angela and Axel together!
Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Googsmom said...

I remember it all. Your a good friend Leah. Happy New Year!!!
{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Lorene said...

I love the last picture of Angela hugging Axel! You've had quite the year and I hope this next one brings yet another wonderful addition! Happy New Year Leah.

Angie said...

Happy New Year Leah!

What a fun year :)

I hope that 2011 brings many great moments for your family as well!

Bethany said...

I love December the most! So sweet....