WARNING: This post is quite long and contains non-crafty, ie. personal life details.
We went to a friends place (about an hours drive north) yesterday afternoon and spent the afternoon / evening there (we got home around 1.30am'ish). This group of friends/ families give each other presents each year. I made ours.
Bags with 12 cards of varying designs - kids + adults etc.
This is the card I made for one of our God daughters - it was at her house last night and this went alongside her present! :D (sorry for the poor photo)... I realised I had no photo when I was supposed to be leaving to pick up Guy.
2009 ---> 2010
Well I cannot believe it's another year! Although I am pleased... I was really looking forward to a new year, new beginnings are mostly always good :) I thought I'd do a post about 2009/ 2010...
Overall I was thinking that last year was pretty bad but my lovely husband reminded me of our blessings and of some very good things too.... so I thought I'd put down a bit of a summary (for me and others if they care to read on).
Lowlights (there is one main theme that overshadows the year):
> finding out early in the year that we would not be able to conceive children without medical intervention (IVF/ ICSI). :( :( :(
> more headaches and being continually run-down/ stressed.
> undergoing two separate rounds of IVF treatment.... which was both physically and emotionally difficult... losing our precious little embryo each time as both did not implant.
(I will write more on this topic at another stage as it is still hard to think and talk about).
> seeing other friends suffer.
♥ Due to the generosity of Guy's Uncle Jacques (who sadly passed away late 2008) we were able to pay off our homeloan and thus I was able to stop working (which is lovely as I was quite stressed).... not working has cut down my stress levels abundantly!
♥ The love and support of family and friends throughout the year.
♥ Our annual trip to Adelaide to visit some very close friends.
♥ A great bible study group!
♥ turning 30 ... and despite the fact that I was dreading it and really not feeling like celebrating anything at that point in time - being spoilt by friends and family.... including having very good friends come to stay for the weekend!
♥ a WONDERFUL holiday to Lord Howe Island with my gorgeous hubby!
♥ meeting many wonderful ladies on an IVF forum + meeting one of them twice during the year.
♥ being chosen to be on the Stamp Spot Design Team along with 4 other wonderfully talented ladies - Thanks Marcia!
♥ the wonderful community of bloggers - and the many great friendships that have developed with other people online! THANKS to all of you! :D
What I'm Looking forward to this year...
* continuing friendships both off and online.
* making lots and lots of cards ... blogging each day (hopefully).
* doing one more cycle of IVF (probably in Feb).
* Bible study + church
* spending time with Guy
* Wii Fit and my personal trainer on the Wii ... ie. losing weight
Overall I am thankful to God and confident that despite what happens - He holds us safe in his hands and has a great plan!
If you made it this far thanks for reading!! xxx