Snapshots of 2009

Another year is coming to an end. 2009 turned out to be a pretty eventful year for Bryant and I. As we reflect on this past year, here are the snapshots we'll remember most (especially since I'm blogging about them).

1. Bryant made AC (Aircraft Commander) at the beginning of the year. Being an AC basically means you are in charge of the mission or the flight. It was quite a lengthy process including a final check ride and I am very proud of him. The Lord has blessed Bryant in his career and we acknowledge that He has gone before Bryant every step of the way.

2. Bryant was home considerably more this year than last. He started off the year flying a good bit and even broke the record at the guard for being gone the longest at 28 days! He left the middle of March and got home the middle of April. Thankfully, after that trip his trips were more spread out the rest of the year. He was home twice as much the second half of the year and even spent the entire month of July at home. It was a much needed break especially with the move which brings me to #3...

3. We moved! After about a year of praying we finally sensed the Lord was leading us to put our house up for sale at the end of May. It sold very quickly in just 2 months and we found our house soon after. We moved in the day before Thanksgiving and are feeling quite settled now. We are all very happy here especially Miles. He loves the stairs and races up and down as he pleases.

4. This was the second year we have had Miles. He has been such a joy and makes us laugh every day. He is quite the character and has established his place in the family as our beloved pup.

5. Our travels this year were not as many as 2008, which is a good thing! We went back to Hawaii this year except we flew commercial. We were planning to go on the military plane like last year but the trip cancelled the day before. We said we would never use a buddy pass to Hawaii again (we got bumped off quite a few flights). But when your bags are packed and you have palm trees and coconuts dancing in your head, it's hard to reschedule your vacation!

Bryant visited 2 places for the first time this year: Destin and Paris! Yes, it's quite surprising that my world traveller was 29 before he made it to Destin, Florida. He spent a day in Paris this month, the day after his 30th birthday.

6. Bryant and I both turned 30 this year, which is quite the milestone. We also celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary in August. I sure do love Bryant and I love living life with him. I am so thankful God has given us 7 years of marriage and for the adventures we've had along the way.

7. One of those adventures was living with my parents for 3 months, from the end of August through November, while we remodeled our house. It was a sweet time for us all and so it makes the list for 2009. I'm not sure if we'll ever find all the stuff that we took over there!

8. I believe 2009 brought an awareness in our country that things haven't been right for awhile. There is a disconnect from what we say we believe and how our country is being run. I want the best for my future children and grandchildren and I believe most people feel the same way.

9. Our Bible Fellowship went through several transitions this year. Bryant and I had been in the class 3 years when our teacher left this year to start a new church. Change is hard especially when there are goodbyes attached to it. Our class has been such a source of encouragement and a place to grow and mature in the Lord. We are very grateful for the Lord leading us there and look forward to what He has in store for us this next year.

10. Just last month a dear friend of ours, April Kelly, was diagnosed with breast cancer. We love her and Sam and are praying for healing for April. Please pray for her and her family. You can read about her story at CaringBridge.

11. This is the first year I started reading through the Bible chronologically. I started with the New Testament and am almost finished. The One Year Chronological Bible (NIV) has made a huge difference in my Bible reading. The stories are connecting for me in ways they never have before.

12. This is also the first year I started my blog :) There are many reasons to blog, but I have mostly enjoyed looking back at this online journal, as one could call it, and just remembering life - our life. From the big markers to the small moments, it's nice to take notice and not let life rush by.

13. I have learned this year that God is good. Praising God is not just reserved for the good things and the good times, but we praise Him for hardships and when bad things happen too. We know that God is good and He has good plans and a future for us. We learn this by looking back at seeing how God created food for Adam and Eve before He created them, and we learn that He meets our needs before we have them. We look at the life of Abraham and see that God is good even when He asked him to leave his country and go to the place that he would receive as an inheritance. Our faith is not based on what is seen but on what is unseen. So, God we praise you for 2009, for what we have seen this year and for what still remains unseen.

"Your view of God determines your whole life." - Iva May


  1. Loved that. And Bryant had never been to Destin?! Wow!

    One thing I learned from you years ago that stuck with me was that we need to "get God's perspective." It reminded me that looking at Him (and life) from a humanistic view rather than through HIS lenses will affect everything. He is good!


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