Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Recap

Whew!  2010 was a whirlwind of a year for sure.  No doubt the older I get, the faster and faster those years fly by.  So here's a (somewhat brief) recap. 

This little family of mine started 2010 with a new bundle of sweetness...our Brigdon David.  We were in the early days of getting into a routine with two small children and the exhaustion in those early days was unbelievable.  Over the course of 2010, these two boys have brought more joy and laughter and even tears to my life than I ever thought possible and can't imagine life without them in it.

Brigdon David Chapman - Birth Day

Since Brig's birth, I had the nagging feeling (and a bit of nagging from my dear friend Jennifer as well) about starting a blog...again.  So, in the spring of 2010, this little blog was born.  My goal from the beginning has been to do this for my boys.  When they're grown, they'll have more than just a baby book or a photo album.  They'll have the true "story" of their lives...straight from their Mama.  That goal has not changed.  No doubt there are very few folks who care about the day to day silliness that happens in our life, but if there's one thing this blog has taught me that I didn't expect, it's that every day is special.  And all that silliness?  It's special too and if I hadn't taken a sec to put it into print, my little pea-brain would've long forgotten those moments.  And for that, I'm beyond grateful. 

Spring also brought a new niece to our family...little (well, not so little anymore) Claire.  Exciting for me to finally be able to buy and make sweet, prissy girly things, which is a big change from all the boyish-ness the last 4+ years have consumed.
Harrison - Cousin Claire - Aunt Sue

Read the shirt folks...that's all I'm sayin'!

Spring became Summer.  Ahhh, summer.  We've just come out of a 3 week period of insanely cold temperatures (anything below 50 is cold for this Florida girl!), so just thinking about summer warms me right up.  And summer means...vacation!  We made our annual trip to Sanibel/Captiva yet again this year.  It was Brig's first trip AND we celebrated Harrison's 4th birthday while we were there.  A wonderful week of fun, sun, family, good food and memories - both old and new.
Sweet Summertime

Big 4-year-old

As such, Summer became Fall.  And a b.i.g. change.  That innocent 6-pound 12-ounce June baby of mine started school...yes, school.  (Preschool, but school nonetheless).  I've always tried to be the type to not be sad about my babies growing up, but rather to look forward to and celebrate the next stage.  BUT, Harrison starting school affected me much more than I planned.  We're well into the school year now and he l.o.v.e.s. school...he adores his teacher and his new friends.  And all the things he's learned?? totally blows me away. 

And with Fall starts a whole mess of holidays.  All first-time holidays for our little Brig and making sweet new memories.  Something new for me was a month of "Bountiful Blessings" for November.  Sadly, I have to force myself to see the numerous blessings, but after a month of Bountiful Blessings, that gratitude became much easier. 
Cutest cowboys this side of the Mississippi - Halloween

...and a Super-Cute Punkin too!

Coordinating Turkey Shirts - Thanksgiving

2010 brought yet another milestone for our bunch...a first birthday for our sweet Briggy D!

Lastly, Fall became Winter.  As mentioned above, a bitterly cold and dreary winter.  But also a time for warm bowls of chili and steamy mugs of cocoa and a cozy fire in the fireplace and sweet squishy munchkins to cuddle with....pure bliss. 

And best of all...Winter brings Christmas!  A special day set aside to worship our King.  As Christians we're called for daily worship, but how refreshing to have a day specifically set aside just for that.   
Christmas Eve

We are awaiting the birth of another sweet niece nearly any day now.  And though she lives many, many miles away, no doubt she will capture our hearts and pictures of her sweet face will soon fill this little blog as well.

As we've ended 2010 and started 2011, I am beyond excite for what God has in store for us this year.  Though it may not all be peachy, no doubt He is faithful and we are only promised today. (Proverbs 27:1)  I spent a good part of my morning attending a funeral.  Although at first I thought it was odd to have a funeral on New Year's Day, I left there thinking it was quite appropriate.  No better fitting a time than New Year's Day to celebrate life and a reminder to make every day count like it could be our last. 
Happy New Year Folks!


  1. What a beautiful blog and even more beautiful little family you have! I so enjoyed reading about your year and YES, time does fly each year you get older so cherish every day that God gives you! I can't wait to read your future post! Hope you and your sweet little family are having a blessed day and Happy New Year to you!

  2. Great post Susan! Happy New Year!