Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 in Review

WARNING: It's a long one...

I cannot believe 2010 will be behind us in mere hours!!! While I always welcome a new beginning and fresh start, it also kind of makes me sad to watch year after year just fly by...

This past year has been an interesting one for us, a good year, but it has definitely had its ups and downs. We started off the very beginning of this year with a job loss, which led us to do some praying and searching for what is it come for us. The job loss then sent us on another journey...Mikey returning to school full-time and only working part-time. While this has been a great challenge for us, it has just confirmed what I already know, that the Lord has it ALL in His hands and will take care of everything...just TRUST Him!!!

This year was also spent playing working in our first home, making it just how we want it! We are not quite there yet, but we have made lots of progress! Working on the house together and doing the work ourselves has brought us great joy (despite the stress at times) and a sense of satisfaction we could never have experienced had we just paid someone to do it. Also, we wouldn't have any of these projects completed had we paid someone to do them, because we couldn't have afforded that, ha! I am super excited to get a post together soon showing you guys everything we have done in the past year. We are currently working on crown molding in the living room so when that gets finished, I will try to get a post together.



Finishing up our fence : )





Working on building our patio


Starting on our hardwoods...ripping out carpet





Ripping up linoleum




We took a couple of fun trips this year also. In April, we stayed at the beach a few days for our 2 year anniversary which was WONDERFUL! I mean, is there anything better than the beach...really!?!? In June, we had a super fun long weekend on the lake with Mikey's parents, Matt and Liz and the boys! We really had a GREAT time and I hope we do it again next year!!! Then, in September we took a relaxing trip to the Georgia mountains to celebrate Mikey's 27th birthday! But...we actually ended up celebrating MUCH more that weekend! On September 11, 2010, we found out we were PREGNANT with our first baby, who we now know is Ella Grace : ) What an amazing gift from God for Mikey's birthday!!!



Baytowne Wharf 2010
(I soooo wish I still had that tan!)







Happy 2 Years to Us!!!

Pictures of our family lake trip











And now Mikey's Birthday trip in Georgia









These next few pictures were taken the day we found out we we're having a baby!







 
Finally, to wrap up the year, we just celebrated a wonderful holiday season : ) Despite the major unfortunate event we experienced in January, we still have SO much to be thankful for! We are inredibly blessed : ) This was the first Christmas since college that I was off and didn't have to work. I was VERY thankful for that! And we had a wonderful Christmas weekend together! While next year and all the ones following will be amazing with Ella Grace and eventually her siblings, it was nice to enjoy this last one together...just us two : )

I have no clue why, but I am a little sad to see 2010 go??? Must be the hormones...ha! I know 2011 will be AWESOME though because we will be meeting our baby girl!!! And what in the world could be better than that!?!?

Other random pictures from 2010...



I don't think we'll ever forget this day...HA!



This canoe trip was quite an adventure!



Our trip to the wine festival!

The Coop Family 2010