Saturday, January 1, 2011


we said goodbye to 2010 yesterday....

it was a good year. a challenging year. a fast year. a year of changes.
a year of love. a year of tears. a year of "what do I do now's?".
a wonderful year. a favorite year. a year of hopes & dreams.
a year of feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed. a year of being blessed.
a year of contentment. a year of being thankful. a year full of life.
it was a year of all years.

thank you were a good friend.

she finished her first year at Baylor:

then came home for a semester to go to school here
(and in a few weeks? she's off to College Station to begin her new college life...)

and he graduated high school:

as well as finishing his first semester at Hardin Simmons University.
(he loves it! he heads back in a few weeks to start semester #2.)

and we:

celebrated our 20th year of being happily, estatically married.

so we thank you 2010...for giving us all the memories we will hold & cherish.

and we all say, with a warm welcome:
Hello 2011...
it's so NICE to meet you!

for you will give us:
-21 years of marriage.
-a 20 year old.
-a 19 year old
& you will watch me turn 42 (*gasp*)
& him turn 51 (what? he looks 31!)

-you will also give him:

-the ability to race in the SR. Olympics Nationals Event

you will give her:

-the ability to learn her new camera so she can photograph said event
-the change she's looking for to become a new 'her' (hello weightloss!)
the strength, the will, the power to overcome and persevere....
(in any and all aspects of my life, not just my weight loss...)

which brings my word for 2011:  strength.

Strength:  1. the quality or state of being strong;
bodily or muscular power; vigor. 2. mental power, force, or vigor.
3. moral power, firmness, or courage.

plus our empty nest. again.....
(which, secretly, I'm not ready but also....ready for.)

happy 2011 friends..
make it be your best year yet!

be back soon...
lots to share!


A Soldier Girl said...

love it and love you .. glad we met in 2010 .. now in 2012 we gotta do it again .. miss you Happy New Year

dtahphotography said...

Aaw this is such a sweet post!!

trish.chamberlain said...

LOVE,LOVE this post!!!
Happy New Year!

Jennifer Yates said...

Great post Leslie and great pics too! Happy 2011 to you!!!

Danielle Calhoun said...

happy new year Leslie!!!! you are loved! :)

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Happy New Year to ya. Beautiful pics. Enjoy that new camera. Wish my oldest would have went to school here in TX. She's all the way in California.

Jennifer said...

awesome thoughts and photos!! Happy New Year! :)

Sandi Cl~ said...

Awesome postiive post!

Kim said...

Love how you wrote this...such a fresh approach. And your scrapbooking page from the previous post is adorable. I love it!

Renee said...

Your post is so inspiring, Leslie. I know it came from the heart. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself and your family. 'So precious. 'Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011!



Amy Coose said...

Such great pics, of such a great fam! I just love your word, it's perfect. Love you!

leah said...

LOVE. It's perfect. I'm so glad we "met" in 2010!