I've tried to reflect on 2008 several times over the past week, but only one thing keeps coming to mind. This year will always be the one in which Firefly joined our family. Everything else just sort of fades away in comparison.
I looked back through the archives (a surprisingly quick read--I was awfully quiet this year) and pulled out some of my favorite posts from each month:
Last January, we were in the final stretch of our wait for Firefly and I was full of conflicting emotions. Meanwhile, Puppy was bonding with his first dad.
In February, Firefly became our daughter, even though we didn't deserve her.
A few weeks later in March, Ms B brought Firefly an amazing gift.
In the midst of babywearing bliss one April morning, I went out topless in front of my elderly neighbor.
In May I was getting sappy at the photographer's studio while Puppy was staging a toddler revolution.
Watching the children interact as big brother and little sister is still as restorative as it was that day in June.
I often think about this conversation in the church bathroom from July and wonder what happened to that mother.
August brought one perfect still moment, thirty-three years in the making. This post makes me tear up every time.
I thought you would roll your eyes at my advice from September on supporting family members who are adopting but instead you said, "Amen!" and added some advice of your own.
October found me remembering Puppy's birth day.
In November I learned that I will never do NaBloPoMo again. But the DIY revocation period discussion was interesting.
This December, I learned how love opens itself up to the unexpected joys that change sometimes brings.
Happy New Year to you all--it's been wonderful to travel the past twelve months with you. May we all discover new joys in 2009.