2009 Highlights

On this last day of 2009, I thought it only appropriate to share with you some highlights of the year.
Ringing in 2009 at Henry and Bekah's

We got a cat!

I was able to go on a cruise through the Caribbean with my family

The canal fire of '09 across the street, it shut down the downtown area for days

We visited the Cheney's in Colorado!

We celebrated our wedding anniversary in Memphis (yes that is Graceland in the background)

The Slagor's bought a new house in Champaign! (sadly it was not in Indianapolis or Cincinnati...)

For about 6 months this year, Ryan and I were not sure if we were going to have to move for my job (possibly Illinois, Mexico, or California). We celebrated with friends when we found out we got to stay in Indy for another year!

Lauren and Ben got married!

I got to go to Florida with Tiek and Kara

Celebrating my birthday at the Art Museum

Ryan and I moved into a house

We went to visit the Hartmans at Niagara Falls

In Louisville for Ryan S's wedding

We visited a bourbon distillery when we were in Lexington for a wedding

Annual Hurd family camping trip

Ha, we had to stop and see the house from "A Christmas Story" (the movie) when we were in Cleveland for Henry and Bekah's wedding

We went to visit Ryan's grandparents down in Arkansas

Paid off our student loans!
A squirrel ate my pumpkin
At the Purdue/Wisconsin football game while visiting the McQuiston's in Madison
Ryan and Kara bought a house!

Ryan ran a full marathon and I ran the half!

Pilgrims and Indians Thanksgiving dinner

Herre family Thanksgiving

Sawrie family Thanksgiving
We watched two puppies for a couple weeks

Annual cookie baking and decorating party with Tiek and Kara

We have been really blessed with getting more involved with our church, Indy Metro. This is the team we will be going to Guatemala with in January.

Christmas Celebration!
What a fantastic year to celebrate! We have been blessed with a great church here in the city that has taught us so much about loving others and what it means to walk with Christ for a lifetime. Though this year has been a big year of making decisions as far as moving for work, a new job for Ryan, and financially, I feel blessed that these have all taught us so much. Even through the frustration and the lonliness sometimes, God is so faithful to us when we are obedient (and sometimes even when we are not). Trust me, this was not my attitude when I found out we weren't moving to Colorado or that we might be moving to middle-of-nowhere Illinois. This is why I love looking back on a year, things sometimes look a little different than they do in the middle of different situations. Thank you to all the friends and family that have shared in both the dissapointments of this year, along with the celebrations...and always pointing us towards Christ in the midst of both.
Here's to 2010!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph 3:20


  1. Hey, I didn't know you had a blog! I had a great time reading your year in review! :)
    I pray 2010 brings you even greater blessings and that you grow ever more in the grace of our Lord Jesus!

    Grace and Peace,
    Angel (CCF)

  2. What a great year! Thanks for including us!

    You are such a wonderful blessing and it's hard to believe that we met 10 years ago (hello 9th grade!). What a wonderful friendship that God has blessed us with and continues to grow. Thinking of you, dear friend!