Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Year in Review

I'm a little late, with this but I still wanted to do a review of last year.
I'm posting one of my favorite pictures from each month, along with some things that happened in that month.


Nothing exciting happening in January. It was just winter in Michigan!


The Olympics happened last February. Oliver enjoyed watching them with the rest of us. Not much going on in our lives.

We could have handled a little boredom in March. Heather was in the hospital for a few days. They never did find our what caused her problem, but she's been fine since!
This picture was taken as we were about to leave.

April means Spring is here, something I'm always ready for! My girls and I took a little trip and did some shopping at IKEA! I also got to meet Kayren of Everything's Coming up Daisies while we were there!

I had a garage sale with my sisters and cleaned out a few things. We went to the Tulip Time Festival in Holland. My daughter Laura completed her first 10K!

My sister Cheri and I went on a road trip! We went to Pennsylvania and met Cheryl of Cherdecor and her husband Alan. We enjoyed Amish country and the beauty of Pennsylvania.

My sister Terri was camping at Lake Michigan. Heather and I spent a day with them.

This picture was taken at Meijer gardens during the Chihuly exhibition. We also had other fun summer events - the country fair, a chicken BBQ. I also had an episode of cellulitis requiring me to keep my foot up for a few days. Both of my daughters had Lasix surgery and now have better than 20/20 vision!

This picture was taken when we had extremely high winds, causing waves of 15 feet on Lake Michigan. Bob also finished a dresser for me, completing a bedroom suite. We had an antique car show at the Nursing Home and we went to Artprize in Grand Rapids.

We had one of the best weather seasons in recent history this Fall. The colors were wonderful, with warm temps and sunshine to enjoy them. Andy came home for 1 1/2 weeks. We took time off from work and spent time together.

November was a fun month! Bob got an honorable mention for his carvings from Wood Carving Magazine. I turned 50 and Andy made a surprise trip home for my birthday and Thanksgiving.

This picture was taken of the first snowfall of the season. Bob also took part in a craft sale and sold lots of carvings. We had a wonderful Christmas and were blessed to have Andy come home for the third month in a row!

That ends 2010. I'm reminded again of how God was with us, through the good times and the hard times. I'm also reminded that although most of my time seems to be spent working and keeping the house in order, the times most treasured are times spent with family.


Nancy said...

Good recap and beautiful pictures!!!

Mari G said...

Love your year. Love your pictures. Love your blog. I have a few blogging questions for you--the professional blogger. Did you want me to email you? :o)

Mary said...

Mari, your year was much quieter than mine. I'm glad 2010 is past and I don't often wish time away.

Love the pic of your trip to Amish Country. Have always wanted to visit Lancaster County. Though we aren't Amish, we do have it in our ancestry. That lifestyle is pretty much how I was brought up. Some days I would love to go back to it. Such a simpler way of living.


Musicaljean said...

Nice recap of the year and great pictures!

Karin said...

That was a beautiful review of the year gone by! May the year ahead make you a blessing again for others!

Pat said...

I loved walking through last years memories with you, your pictures are always so beautiful.
I'm so glad the girls lasik surgery turned out well, I'm not a candidate...wish I were!
Looking back, I see God's hand on your lives, and it's so wonderful that you share it!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Loved your review! The pictures were great choices. I'm toying with lasik surgery...maybe in the next 10 years. I'm a chicken.

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

It was a really sweet, rich and beautiful year. Thanks for sharing...

Have a nice day.

Bonnie said...

A year in review ... what a great idea for a post !! Maybe I should do one too !!

Lara Gisela said...

I enjoyed looking back at your year. Great photos!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh my gosh...what wonderful photos. A great year in review. But, I have to say, the photo of yours in October...the Fall, breathtaking. It could be a wonderful sofa painting done in oils!!! Wow, wow, wow!!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Mari you take such great pictures!!! I wish I could do that!!! We had a great year here in Michigan didn't we! God is good!!!

Just Mom said...

Oh, I love these photos!

I miss the Olympics. That was a fun time last year.

Susan said...

Enjoyed your year in review. The pictures made your extra special.

Shelly said...

Love it! I really Love that last picture! You are right, the most treasured and best times are spent with family.

Nancy said...

What a great way to cap off a year....I really enjoyed looking through your pictures and reading your comments.....I pray your 2011 will be a year full of blessings.....


Melissa said...

Sounds like a fabulous year :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Good things are always easy to digest. This was a good year.

Cherdecor said...

That was a nice review of 2010. May God's mercy and grace be with you and your family in the coming year.

Kim said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I can't pick a favorite because they're all so good! Fun way to review the year :)

Lynn said...

Beautiful.....every one. I'm still bummed that I didn't get to meet you when you were SO CLOSE to my parents' house!!! Next time. ;o)

You live in a beautiful part of the world. I love changing seasons.