Monday, December 31, 2012

Happiness . . . Contentment

On this last day of 2012, I've been reflecting on all the joy this year brought us.  Having Eli join our family was the obvious blessing, but 2012 was really the culmination of a few great years Brad and I have had together.

The 2010-2012 trifecta.  Our happiness hat trick.  Because without 2010 and 2011, 2012 could never have been the major milestone year that it was.

After having met a few times casually before, Brad and I became reacquainted toward the end of 2009 and settled into a nice, solid relationship in 2010.

We chartered a sailboat to spend the 2010 holidays, spending Christmas day on the island of Mustique. Unknown to me, Brad carried a diamond ring in his backpack from island to island, looking for the perfect setting in which to propose.  But due to some intervening circumstances (in the form of an obnoxious, drunk captain who somehow managed to be everywhere with us), that perfect setting never materialized.

Back in Denver, we found our true paradise.  Brad proposed after dinner at the restaurant where we'd gone on our first date.  And, as we would later learn, he asked me to marry him on our son's birthday.

God's timing.  Always perfect.

We married in September 2011 and began 2012 eager to start a family.  God blessed us with Eli's referral after being on the wait list for only one day, thrusting us into parenthood a little more suddenly than we'd expected.  Our agency had advised us a referral would likely take a year or more, but Eli needed a family right away and God knew we would all be very good for one another.

God's timing.  Always perfect.

Our first holiday season as a family was filled with joy and challenges, and we've already grown so much together as a family.  I'm eagerly looking forward to our first full year together.

As I sit here sipping the egg nog Brad just brought me (perfectly spiked--thanks, honey!) thinking about what 2013 may bring for us, I feel a sense of fullness that I have never before experienced.  And I don't think that fullness is coming solely from a 500 calorie beverage laced with rum.

Hopefully many of you are nodding your heads, knowing exactly what I'm feeling because it's what you feel also.



Happy New Year.  May 2013 bless you all beyond measure.


  1. Perfection. Happy New Year, Kathleen!

  2. nodding, and smiling, so so content
    happy happy new year my friend

  3. Happy New Year, sweetie! Wishing your little family all the best in 2013!

  4. I can't believe I just got to this. (I'm so far behind!)

    I don't think I realised that you and Brad hadn't been a couple forever. I guess I just assumed that you'd been dating for longer than that! See what I know...