37. We had some friends over to celebrate July 4th. We didn’t know it was going to be our last party but it was sure a sweet day.
38. After a year of threats, church changes, business calamities, general chaos, and really hard times, Torey and I decided that we needed to remember that God is good and declare our hope in Him. So we did—permanently. “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness…Let your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You” (Psalm 18, 22).
39. Barnes discovered rabbits sometimes hung out around the bushes at dusk. His new favorite pastime became chasing them. All it took to get him waiting eagerly at the door was to say ‘rabbit.’
40. After a great year getting to know my youngest sister better, Bonnie moved into a fun place on the east side. She is way too cool for us.
41. We celebrated Doug’s birthday over a meeting with our publishers with a sugar and gluten free birthday cake.
42. We moved all Torey’s college furniture, bedding, some clothes, and a few mementos into her new house in College Station. She wanted to get things set up early even though she wasn’t going to stay for a few more weeks. This turned out to be a really really really good thing. Thank you, God.
43. Torey headed to the Impact retreat to be part of the prayer team. I’m so proud of her!
44. August 13, 2010 happened. “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21b).
45. August 14 and the many days that followed happened. We–and our neighbors–were blown away by the out-pouring of love and kindness (see previous posts for lots more on this).
46. From the day of the fire until just before Christmas, our friends and mentors Doug and Jan Sherman took us into their home. We will never forget their love and sacrifice for us.
47. We celebrated our 21st anniversary with a gift card to Mikado from the Drake family.
48. Kyle decided to rechristen himself ‘dogman.’ He thought it kinda made him sound like a superhero.
49. When the dust settled, Doug and I continued to work on the book. The publishing deadline was quickly approaching.
50. My sister Lauren married fellow schoolteacher Michael Barnard. It was a beautiful day.
51. Hurray for weddings.
52. The McDaniel’s and Sherman’s took another trip to Colorado Springs to meet with our publishers.
53. Doug loved showing us around the Air Force Academy and telling us stories about his days as a student and instructor pilot there. Seeing the chapel was a highlight.
54. We stayed at the Broadmoor where every view looks like a postcard.
55. The tree that was a few feet from where the fire started began to heal. New life is unstoppable.
56. While watching A&M play Nebraska, Kyle noted, “It’s hard to imagine something more fun than tackling another guy. I mean, ping pong is fun, climbing mountains is great, but tackling…” It’s moments like these when I am really glad for iphones and evernote. These kinds of gems deserve to be savored again and again. You’re welcome.
57. After dressing up as a banana last year, Barnes decided to go mainstream as a pumpkin this year. He loved greeting trick-or-treaters on the east side.
58. We stayed in Austin for Thanksgiving this year. We melded traditions and shared secret family recipes with the Ford family.
59. Kyle and Torey went to the a&m/ut game and had a blast! I stayed home because I am weird and possibly un-American and don’t like football.
60. We found many of our Christmas decorations had survived. And rejoiced.
61. Torey and I went to a Christmas concert with Dave Barnes and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. We hung out with them afterward and had cider while they sang a few extra songs in the back. Torey pronounced it the best day of her life.
62. We fond bid farewell to Doug, Jan, Bailey and Calera Drive and moved into an apartment. It is has been great to start to put our home together again.
63. After a year and a half of hard work and some marathon editing from the amazing Sue Kline, we turned in the final manuscript!
64. We celebrated our traditional ‘family Christmas’ a few days before the 25th in which we cooked a special dinner, read the Christmas story, and exchanged some gifts in our new apartment.
65. We celebrated a quiet and cozy Christmas with the Youngblood family and 4 crazy dogs.
66. We ended 2010 as it began: with Eric and Keri and friends at the Patio Ranch. It was just as wonderful this time around. Barnes chased deer and was happy. Kyle couldn’t find him and was sad. Then Barnes returned and they were happy together.
67. As Kyle and Torey discussed a friend’s questionable romantic relationship, his poor hearing and propensity to mix up proverbs and sayings collided. Alluding to the idea that, “There are more fish in the sea,” she noted, “But he’s a delightful fish.” To which Kyle responded with consternation and confusion, “You would die for fish?!…Could someone just stop laughing and speak?”
68. A few days later, as he was browsing Netflix, he noted with surprise that, “Nicholas Cage sure has a lot of ‘one-stars.’” Go figure.
69. I had an amazing birthday celebration with friends and family at my new favorite place Uchiko. It was great to see so many people I love in one place.
70. My husband bought me an Anne Moore hat for my birthday. I really love hats.
71. Chuck ran a marathon. He’s crazy that way.
72. Myles Horton Ford came into his parents’ life on February 2, 2011. And he is my belated birthday present; born a day after my birthday. It’s going to be a good year.