Monday, December 12, 2011

Bramlee Family Year In Review

New Years Day 2011, Laser Bowling.

January fun!
Happy Valentine's Day
It is so hard to believe that we are putting another year to rest.  It's funny how when we are children the days seem so long, it's as if time can't pass fast enough and then somewhere between adolescence and adulthood the earth begins to rotate a little faster.  Now, I search for ways to slow time down, hoping and praying that I will make the most of every passing minute.

March at the lake with our Kim~

Daddy's and his girls.
April means Spring!

We have spent this year really enjoying our family and focusing on cherishing each other and the blessings that we have been given.  I have learned to see life through the eyes of my children and to take things in stride with child-like faith and hope.  I am so thankful for everyone that has been on this journey with us, supporting us and loving us along the way.  Our family has been blessed by the hands of others so many times and we have had amazing experiences because of those loved ones.
Anareese turned 6 months old April.

May Flowers!
Family photo in May!
Dancing in June.
First plane ride for Addyson and Anareese.
First time in the sand.
Beach in July with daddy.

Playing guitar in August.
You could cay this year was full of many firsts for each one of of us in the Bramlee Family, especially for our littlest.

Our many adventures took us on planes, trains, and automobiles.  We embraced the cold... and the snow that it brought, braved the rain on our wilderness camp out, basked in the sunshine while lounging on the beach (no worries we were coated in sunscreen).
New York in October.

Philly in September.
 The youngest two Bramlees experienced flying for the first time on our way to the beach.  The subway in the city was a brand new adventure for three of my little ones, but Philadelphia and New York City were firsts for all of us.  Each child reached new milestones of their own as well.  T.C. started taking guitar lessons, the older girls danced on "the Big stage!", and Anareese crawled, walked, and said a few words.

Anareese turned 1 at the American Girl Doll Store in NYC.

Train rides and pumpkin patches in October.
We are so grateful for each and ever chance that we are given to celebrate the sweet moments of our life.
2011 was filled with so much laughter, smiles and tears and we are grateful for both, for without one we could never fully appreciate the other.

Unfortunately, with this November came the loss of a great man that meant the world to me, his love   
and generosity has forever influenced me.  I will never forget him or the legacy he left behind.

Christmas Day 2011

And now here we sit with a new opportunity to get things right.  We have 365 brand new days that are full of beautiful potential, right now at this moment we have a chance to make the choices that we should have made on our last go round.  We have a clean slate full of opportunity and possibility, but it is up to us to make the most of this gift.
This year we can get it right, this year we can choose differently, this year we can be exactly who we are suppose to be.

I pray that no ones misses out on the blessings that were intended for them and that each of us embrace the gifts that God is trying to give to us.  

Happy New Year!

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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