by Carmel on December 31, 2016 · 3 comments

This was a hard year. Between the division brought about by the election, great losses in music and entertainment, and adjusting to a new life as a parent, I am exhausted. But there is no way I can call this a bad year. How could it be bad when it started off with bringing our little Peanut home?

Clockwise from top left: Laurel’s first picture without the feeding tube; her whiteboard announcing the final step before going home, the car seat test; getting ready to take her first car ride to her new home; and sleeping soundly in her new bed next to mom and dad

How was she ever that small?? My little 4.5-pound nugget is nearing 19 pounds now and is almost 2.5 feet tall.

Maternity leave officially started on January 1st when we brought Laurel home. It was a crazy, sleep-deprived time for us all. Still…I look at these pictures and just crave those cuddly, sweet times with my little girl. Except for when sleeping, it’s hard to get her to stop moving for even a second. Unless she’s eating…

She really is my kid – doesn’t stop moving unless being fed

2017 will bring some major new life changes for us. I don’t talk about my work often, but for the past two plus years I’ve technically been an intern (paid, thankfully). I had to complete a two-year internship and pass a certification test for work in order to attain full status in my work and be able to start taking my own referrals. While it’s been hard living apart from our dear Portland family, it’s been an investment in my new career. We’re happy to announce that in early to mid 2017, we’ll be moving back down south to Vancouver, WA. It’s been a long and, at times, frustrating road for us, but all our work is finally paying off. You can’t go home again – it’s going to be different. We’re different. How could it be the same? But our hearts tell us it’s time to be near our friends who we love and miss so much.

As I drive along the familiar path from our house to the hospital where we spent so much time last December, I feel pangs of sadness, but mostly gratitude for the trials we’ve endured, and appreciation for what we have now. It’s been such an intense, crazy, busy, fun year, and I wouldn’t have done it any differently.

2017 holds so many new challenges and adventures, from moving and buying our first house to a New England road trip to whatever else comes our way. I’m ready – let’s do this.

Outtakes from our family Christmas photo – getting a one-year-old to sit still is impossible




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Megan Denny January 1, 2017 at 10:44 am

Can’t wait to have you in America’s Vancouver! Put a flag on it!
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Jen January 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Cheers to investments that get us where we need to be! Happy 2017.
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Bethany ~ twoOregonians January 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Phew. No kidding. What a year. Bravo for making your way through with grace. I’m excited for you to move into this new chapter. I totally resonate with that thought of not being able to exactly go home…but I know, too, what it’s like to build a new life in a sorta-familiar place. Here’s to 2017!
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