2013 has been a BIG year for us…a season of change. Our latest big adventure began at the end of January when we moved to Georgia. Mike bid IBM adieu in December and started the new year working for a great company called, “BIAS Corporation”. Our connection to the company was through some friends of ours, who Mike first met when he was traveling to Bermuda for work a couple of years ago. So for the first time in our 7 years of marriage, Mike began commuting to an office every day. This was quite a transition for him after 6.5 years as a traveling consultant. Also, for the first time in our marriage, I became a full-time, stay-at-home Mom…an intimidating role for me. We bought a new house in Georgia and began renting our condo in Colorado…a blessing the Lord orchestrated beautifully and for which we are so thankful. We’ve been adjusting to a new climate, new friends, new church, and new roles with the Lord’s grace and have been really enjoying our adventure!!
2013 in Pictures
Our first family picture in Georgia, the day we moved:
Our new home:
I drove down to Florida with my dad to visit my parents and grandparents for a week with the boys. Here’s Ethan reading a book with his great grandpa:
And E playing, “Memory” with great grandma:
Micah with my mom:
Ethan making a new game with my Dad:
Playing in the sand:
Mike’s Mom, AKA Grandma Cleve, visited for a week in February:
My cousin, Anne, stopped by on her way down to Florida to see our grandparents:
My brother, Gerrit, and his sweet pregnant wife, Lauren, came out for a visit over Easter:
My Uncle Brad and Aunt Sally stopped by on their way down to Florida and had a nice breakfast with us. Ethan specifically wore his Packers shirt for Uncle Brad:
Then my parents stopped in for a couple of days on their way back to Wisconsin from Florida (we clearly moved to a good location as a halfway point between WI and FL!!).
We had our first real play date with our now dear friends. HUGE blessing.
My sister, Jennie, and her husband, Jason, came for a visit!
Ethan turned 4 on June 1st:
E got a scooter for his birthday and I got my new pixie haircut:
E also got golf clubs for his birthday and went golfing with his daddy:
Mike’s Dad, Grandpa Russ, came for a visit:
E caught his first fish:
We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary:
Ashley (Mike’s sister) and her fiancee, Zach, came for a visit:
My Mom flew in for a brief trip:
Mike and I went to an Atlanta Braves game with some friends from church and had incredible seats:
My sister, Jennie, extended her work trip by a couple of days to spend some time with us:
Mike celebrated his 30th birthday!!
My best friend, Cassia, and I (along with our families) met in Louisville for a long weekend together:
We went to Missouri for my grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary celebration on houseboats. We reunited with our Denver cousins:
4 generations of Christ-followers right here!!
My sweet friend, Meagen, came out for a visit!
Ethan went to his Open House at preschool:
We took a family trip over Labor Day weekend:
While we were there, my sweet Grandma went to be with Jesus. She was an incredible woman and we were blessed to have so many joyful years with her!
I had the opportunity to go back to Michigan for her funeral. Here are my four uncles…matching. Classic. =)
And my cousins and grandpa, smiling, because we know where she is and who is with her:
I finally got to meet my sweet nephew, Ivan, who was born on August 5th:
E also had his first day of preschool. No tears!
We went to a pumpkin patch with our friends:
Our dear friends from Colorado, Brandon and Kelsey, traveled out so that we could meet their sweet little girl, Piper (and spend time with them, of course):
I had the opportunity to travel to Phoenix for my (okay, technically, Mike’s) little sister’s bridal shower:
Mike and his dad went to California to see his Grandma. They had a very sweet time with her and she passed away only a couple days after they left.
E and Micah had their very first sleepover when their friends came to stay with us while their Mom and Dad had their third son. We had a blast!
Micah John turned 2 on December 3rd:
Mike and I went to his work Christmas party:
I am certain that the month of December will have plenty more pictures…but that will have to wait until our holiday travels are complete.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!