31 December 2011

thank you 2011.

2011 copy

brought us joy. laughter. pride.
it brought us dreams that turned into memories i could quietly tuck into my pocket. so when i needed these memories they were clenched tightly in the palm of my hand.

i watched a baby blossom
a toddler step into boyhood
a child become a leader
and a man take on fatherhood with passion.

we traveled.
Pittsburgh for trey. Raleigh for friends. Wilmington for beach.
Chicago and Cincinnati for phish. Columbus for family.

we learned.
to walk. to swim. to read. to ride a bike.
to coast the ocean waves without fear.

we worked.
long restaurant hours and late into the night.
jewelry shows. art shows.
a new kitchen put in by hand. painted walls. bathroom tile.
a blog that became a place i rarely visited to a daily journal of my life.
words and photographs. thoughts and moments.

we built memories in our home.
a home we decided to leave. a search for new foundation. a new start.

we eagerly await your kindness.
we anticipate what you will share.
a new hope.
good health.

new memories.

some of my favorite posts from 2011 are:
begging jon to follow the blog, Jessica turning six months old, the Lobster Clam Bake at the restaurant, trip number one to Chicago, Josh's birthday, my birthday, our beach vacation, July 4th, Jonas' birthday and what he woke up to, Chicago again day one, two, three, little sailor girl waiting for her dad, to the fair we went, Jessica's first birthday, this year was also about lots and lots of baking and good food, walking into december with warm weather, decorating for the holidays and finally Christmas Eve and day.

Happy New Year friends. I hope it's been a good one for you.
May you celebrate the new year with joy and love.


  1. What a great post, Liz. :) You had a blessed year with your family! I hope the new one brings us both more joy and love as well!

  2. to the fair is when i found your blog and fell for the Finch Family.2011 has been amazing! Happy New Year!

  3. this is a beautiful post, looking forward to what 2012 will bring for your family

  4. Happy New Year to you!
    and good luck to you in the new year with the house hunting!

  5. Happy New Year, pretty lady! Sounds like 2011 was great, but I'm hoping that 2012 is even better for you!

  6. Catching up on post holiday reading!
    Happy New Year to you and yours Liz. xo


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