My precious Adia was born around this time last year. I had Indian food with my parents, Micah, and Adia last night. As we sat and ate, I thought about how Micah, Adia, and I had Indian food on New Year's Eve last year. Adia was close to 4 weeks old. We bundled her up and Micah and I got dressed up to go out to eat with our new little sleepy baby. She slept almost the entire time we were out. Overall, it was a very quiet evening. As I watched Adia eating her rice cakes with soup, coconut chutney, and Indian naan, I couldn't believe how fast she had grown in just 1 year. The sleepy baby in the infant carrier had turned into a very talkative little girl who was putting bits of food in her mouth and throwing other bits of food in the floor. Instead of nursing, she was picking her sippy cup of whole milk up all on her own and drinking it like a big girl. I've only had 1 year with Adia since she's been born, but now that she's here, I can't imagine what life would be like now without her. My favorite Adia things in the past year have been nursing her (though this was also one of the most challening things at first), watching her giggle, snuggling, taking her to the beach, hearing her say, "Momma" for the first time - and every time ever since, watching her hug and kiss her babies, hearing her say, "Baby," all of her baby jibberish, her crazy hair, her cute crawl, her hugs, her kisses, her "singing," and all of her new discoveries. What a blessing that little girl is!
|Adia and Mommy on New Year's Eve 2010|
|Adia almost 1 year later :)|
Our family has grown so much. I've watched Micah fall in love with his little girl, which of course makes me fall completely in love with him all over again. I've also watched Micah become closer to the Lord as he has started daily turning to the Lord and forming a relationship with Him. The same has happened with me. I took action and desired more of a oneness with my Heavenly Father. This year, Micah and I began spending time together both individually and together with the Lord daily. I can't tell you how this has changed our marriage. Our marriage was already good and already found on our faith, but we became more engaged in our faith both individually and together this year and our marriage is incredible because of that. I am committed to my husband. I will love him forever. He is my other half and there is nobody else that I love like I love him. I am so blessed to be able to grow with him and raise a family with such a patient, loving, caring, easy going, sweet, strong, handsome man. Micah, I love you I love you I love you I love you!
I found out this year that I was pregnant... again.... with a girl.... again! Although this was a huge shock, I'm learning that this wasn't a shock to the Lord. This was His plan all along. He chose me to carry Isla and he chose my little family to welcome her with open arms. Being pregnant for 2 years in a row has been challenging in many ways. Being pregnant means making a lot of decisions that will impact you and your family forever. We are going into 2012 with some pretty big decisions to make regarding our finances, our careers, and just life in general. We have been praying a lot about these things and I am finally starting to feel at peace with some decisions we are trying to make as a family. We still need a lot of prayer, but we are trusting in the Lord and we know that He will take care of us in every way. Nothing is set in stone yet, as we are still trying to listen to Guidance from God. Although being pregnant means major decision making, it also means that I get to love on another one of God's children and I cannot wait until March so that I can kiss that sweet face. I'm so thankful for my precious Isla. I just ordered her crib today (it's the exact same as Adia's) and I did a small little baby registry online for Target. It's getting close. We're only about 12 weeks away from my due date. :)
My brother's little boy is the cutest little guy ever. I love my little Sam! Around this time last year, Sam was healing from his heart surgery. It was a bittersweet time. Adia was just born, so we were all so excited about her, yet Sam had just undergone this major surgery. He was only about 7 weeks old and he was just so pitiful. I look back over that whole experience and I am just so thankful that we live in a day and age where they were able to find his problem and operate on his heart. Sam is a healthy, busy, and handsome little wild man these days. He will smile for anyone and he absolutely loves to entertain. Around this time last year, we also found out that Micah's brother and his wife were expecting their first child. We were all so happy to hear that they would be expecting their little one in August. At Katie's 20 week ultrasound, they received some very sad news and learned that their sweet baby had Potter's Syndrome. We met Evangeline on June 26th. She lived for about 45 minutes. Even though her life on Earth was very short, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to hold this sweet little angel. Her life has impacted people all around our world in such a powerful way. I'm so thankful that her life will continue to bless us forever and I can't wait to meet her future siblings.
|Me and Sam at Christmas this year!|
|Josh, Katie, and Evangeline|
So, this coming year... I am looking forward to seeing how God is going to bless us even more. I know that I'm having another sweet girl and I can't wait for that. We're also planning a big Runyan family vacation for the summer. We are going to rent out a condo or beach house and spend a week at the ocean with my family, my parenets, my brother's family, and my grandmother. Lots to look forward to!
So, with all of that being said... I hope everyone has a great 2012! Love to you all from the Wilcox's. :)