Sorry, I don't have any pictures, just words.
This year was pretty big for us.
We've been in TN for 12 (almost 13) years around the Knoxville area. Around March/April we were told by our landlord that we needed to find another place by November. We had just found out we were expecting our 10th baby in November. It was a little disconcerting, but we adjusted and began looking and asking around if anyone knew of a place we could move.
Oddly enough the only place that opened up was in NM. Yep, that's right - Southeast United States New Mexico. Now being from Texas, myself, I wasn't at all displeased. So we packed it up and moved.
All the way to NM...in August. Actually, it wasn't that bad. The weather is much drier out there compared to the humidity of TN. It felt about 10 degrees cooler! The drive was interesting and the scenery...well...you just have to experience it. We fell in love with it. Honestly, we would go back in a heartbeat if the job market was better out there.
That was the thing. Once we got out there the job market wasn't what we thought it was going to be. (Plus, we didn't have a midwife lined up; I try to not do hospitals if I can manage it).
So, as it got closer to the time to have the baby, we began thinking more and more about coming back east. The job my husband found ended in the end of September and we headed back October 1st. A friend offered to let us stay with him in Northwest Georgia until we could find a place. We actually stayed there until right before Thanksgiving when we came back up to East TN and stayed with my mom. It was much closer to my previous midwife (whom we love!) and a little more relaxing.
And here we are. The baby's birth went fine; everything turned out all right in the end. The kids loved the New Mexico experience (especially White Sands!), and they also love being back here near friends.
So while it's been a very eventful year (sometime notice just how big Texas is for driving across the widest part...fun...or not), it's also been a year of growing and learning.
We are learning to trust God and looking for what He has us to learn. We know He had us go to NM, but we are just as sure He brought us back to TN. Why? We don't know. We just have to trust and follow Him.
Happy New Year everyone!! I hope 2011 is a blessed year for you all.
Until next time...