Through it all, we have had each other and God's promises. We claim 2012 right now as the year of change. Change for our lives and taking big steps towards the promises that God has for us. We feel like we are right on the edge of that change, at the top of the roller coaster peering over the edge and waiting to take flight. We know it will be full of turns but the end will be exhilirating. Here is a look back at the year of the Heges...
We toured Lila around one of our favorite cities when we visited Charleston with Brian's family, we bought a new (to us) car and officially became a part of the family vehicle driving gang, Lila experienced her first romp in the snow, and we met baby Lilly as our good friends Sarah and AJ became parents.
Birthday party planning abounded as we settled on a Fancy Nancy theme for Lila's first birthday, I successfully threw my biggest event of the year as a fundraiser, I reminisced about the nurse who touched my heart during my pregnancy with Lila, I announced my retirement as a PK, and I worried about whether we were ready for the pain of infertility treatments again.
I remember the last few days before becoming a mom, we celebrated a year in the life of our Lila Bean, I wrote an ode to my favorite beverage, we threw an epic first birthday party in fancy style, I shared my struggle to keep my life in balance, and ended the month with an A-Z intro to all things Lindsay.
We vowed to go shoeless for a day to raise awareness for others, my debit card was too cool for my wallet and ended up buying Target goodies for someone else, I made my first and only vlog, I made up the best recipe EVER, Lila made her first trip to the ER, and the Easter Bunny came to town.
I wondered how God serves justice in an unjust world, Brian lost his grandpa and we as a family lost one of the great men in our lives, I experienced much needed renewal at the beach, my love affair with my Nook began, I spent money on surgery that I would rather have spent on a vacation, Lila took her first steps, Brian and I celebrated six years of marriage and spent a weekend away in the mountains.
Our Four Pack decided to start Round Two, we celebrated the start of summer with the perfect Saturday, we practiced our back stroke at the pool, Lila rocked out her baby groove, I shared how to plan your meals for a month, we celebrated Father's Day with the Durham Bulls, and Lila shared her never-ending love for the Grinch.
Babies waved flags with the best of them, I shook my fist at the youth of America, we introduced Lila to summer time fun, Lila and Daisy tried to catch a butterfly, I experienced Mom Envy, and I shared my love of all things Pinterest.
Tina Fey wrote my prayers for me, we conquered air travel with a toddler, the baby rocked pearls like nobody's business, we misdiagnosed Lila with chicken pox, I spent a much needed weekend with my Elon girls, I read the best book ever, and we were reminded that God is our ultimate provider when Brian was laid off.
Lila learned the word hot at her second trip to the ER for a coffee burn, we sent our little one off to her first day at school at the new daycare, we played in the river as we traveled to TN with Brian's family, Lila perfected the art of the mall tantrum and convinced me to get a haircut.
I realized I was old at my 10 year high school reunion, my obsession with owls reached an all time high, we tried to kick the pacifier to the curb, Lila visited the ER for the third time this year thanks to a raging fever, and I shared my absent heart.
We scored some awesome thrift deals, we basked in the fall leaves and slowed down as a family, the NC fair came and delivered the good time that was promised, Michael Jackson was ruined for me, Lila the cowgirl broke in her boots, and I am and will always be a Hot Mess.