Happy New Year!!

January 5, 2010

Baby It's cold outside 4 wm
Out with old..... In with the COLD!!! I don't know much, but the new year has certainly brought winter in full force! It is absolutely freezing outside!!

Hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Our holidays were very nice and seemed like they were over in the blink of an eye.

I had every intention of posting after Christmas, but decided it was probably best to take an extended break. I only took about a dozen photos between Christmas Eve and New Years. I left my camera in the bag and enjoyed my time with my family. It actually felt kind of good...... no camera, no FB, no blogging.....for two weeks. I know I worried a few people. Thanks for checking in on me. It is always nice to be missed:)

We spent Christmas here at our home with my side of the family and then we headed north to Cape Cod after Chrismtas and spent New Year's with Pat's side of the family. As I said, it was a whirlwind, but I am so happy that we got to see everyone. The kids had a fantastic time with their cousins. Nick got to spend his entire holiday break with Eddie and Sarah got to hang with the girls on the Cape:) It is just ashame that we don't get to see the extended family more often. I wish we all lived closer.

sarah (20 of 27)-Edit-2 wm

So here we are..... 2010. What will this year bring???

I am not sure, but I hope that this will be a GREAT year for our family and yours.

2009 was not an easy year for us by any stretch of the imagination, so this year has to be better!!

I am not big on resolutions, because they are so hard to keep, but I do like to try to set some personal and career goals each year.

One of my biggest goals is to find balance in my life. Like many of you, I find life is a constant juggling act and it is getting harder and harder each day to keep all the balls up in the air. Mother, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Coworker.....they are all important roles and not the kind of balls that you want to drop, but I need to get better about prioritizing.

Our family could be in for some really BIG changes this year....and I need to prepare myself. I say that with baited breath, because I feel like I have been saying it for 4 years, but I think I can say it will a little more confidence this year. In all likelihood, we will be getting a referral from China sometime in 2010. We are 39 log in days away from referral. Time will tell.......

I will be by soon to catch up with you all. Hope your year is off to a great start!!


These Are The Days said...


Cape Cod...sounds fabulous! I'm so excited for you and your upcoming year. Happy New Year!

Love Letters To China said...

Happy New Year to you too! So glad you were able to relax and the enjoy your family during the holidays. I too look forward to a great 2010. Hope to see a new face in your family!

fleur de lis cottage said...

Oh, I can so relate to your post. I often feel like I'm going to drop all the balls. It is very hard to balance everything. If you figure it out let me know :)

I wish you a very blessed 2010 and I hope to see a new addition to your family soon!!

Shelly and Family said...

Happy 2010 to you too! I truly am believing that you will hear something THIS year! Won't it be great if we were to travel at the same time! You just never know...

I too have set some goals for myself this year and so far I have been doing well...I know it is only a few day into 2010 but if I didn't give up after the 1st (24 hours) I know I can do this...

Love you & call me when you get a chance. I'll be out until late this afternoon (around 3PM) with Francesca at the doctor's

Barb said...

Here's hoping for a wonderful 2010 and may it bring a new member for your beautiful family.

Courtney said...

Sounds like a busy but wonderful break. Hopefully 2010 is the year you will meet your new family member. Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

Welcome back, Lisa! Happy New Year to you and your family :-)

Jboo said...

Missed keeping up with you -- so glad that you are back! Artic-weather here too and I'm longing for a warm beach! Best wishes to you and your family for 2010!


Football and Fried Rice said...

Happy New Year! I agree, can't believe how fast the end of the year always seems to go - and now here we are 2010 - and just when you get life "figured out" - and a routine and a schedule and kids potty trained and behaving & doing their school work and all that good stuff - THEN, that's when God laughs at you and throws your little China girl into the mix :)

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

So glad you had a great christmas...it was a busy one here too so I completely understand! I love the two pictures...they are so crisp and clear. What lens are you using? And I like the decorations on the first one, is that scrapbooking stuff??
Have a great New Year...can't wait to see what is in store for you ;)

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Happy 2010 to you and your family! May you have a better 2010 and best wishes.

day by day said...

Wow...those are gorgeous pictures of Sarah!!

Happy New Year to you, Lisa!! Looking forward to the referral of your precious daughter. 2010 will be the year, my friend!!


Marla said...

Love those pics of your princess! Wahoo for 2010 bringing her little sister!!! I absolutely can't wait to share in that joy with you, my friend. It's going to be a blast!

kerri said...

welcome back!!
Can't wait for your referral, 2010 is going to be fabulous!!

Wanda said...

I'm wishing you the BEST new year ever, my friend. And I'm confident it will be. This IS your year - and I can't wait to see your family growing and to share a little in the joy that will be yours. I've got goosebumps just thinkihng about it!

I'm glad your holidays sound like you all enjoyed yourselves. They always go to fast. Road trips north at this time of year are unpredictable. I'm happy you arrived home safe.

Let me know if you find an answer to all those balls in the air. I don't have as many as you and I keep dropping them.

Welcome back!

Kim said...

Missed you and so glad your back!

I can never get enough of your photography...you already know, that in my book you are seriously one of the BEST!

Hope your 2010 is the best year yet!


Michelle R Photography said...

Oh, I sure hope this is your year!!!

Gorgeous photos of Sarah. Such a great model! I hope 2010 is a great one for you, Lisa!

Patricia said...

Happy New Year!! Sounds like you all had a wonderful holiday! It's great to take a break & spend time with family & friends...(but I am glad you're back! lol!)

Here's hoping ALL of your dreams come true in 2010...I have a great feeling about it! ;)

Casey said...

Oh, Lisa!! Sarah looks so mature in that photo!! Beautiful. I was looking at Em the other day and suddenly she seems older too. I hate when that happens!!

I am so hoping to see news of a new baby in your future!! 2010 should bring wonderful changes!!

Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Gail said...

Looking forward to everything that 2010 brings you, Lisa!


3 Peanuts said...

Sounds like a fabulous break. I too stayed away from the electronics of life and spent more time with the family over Christmas. It is always good to do that.

Hope 2010 brings oyu many blessings and lots of balance.

Briana's Mom said...

Welcome back Lisa! So glad you had a wonderful break! It was so good talking to you before Christmas.

Hope you have a wonderful 2010! So glad you are back in blogland. :)

Beautiful pics of Miss S!

paige said...

happy 2010 lisa!
wishing you a wonderful year full of dreams coming true

i missed you out here, but i too took a wonderful break from the electronics..i barely had my cellphone on!

i'm so glad i found you & wanted to remind you what a blessing you

Jodee said...

Welcome back! We missed you!

I am hoping and praying you get to see your sweet China baby's face in 2010!

Hope you have a great week!

Sharon said...

Welcome back! I love the pics. I'm glad you enjoyed your winter break. And wow...39 LID's away....

4D said...

Happy 2010! With your stunning family and amazing attitude, I hope life will balances itself out soon. May this year bring you happiness and your hearts desires.

Keep smilin!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

whoo hoo for 2010!!!!! Call me this week when you have some spare time (LOL, are you laughing at what I just said)..
Love ya girlie girl!!!! Cute pictures of Miss S.
oh and when I was missing you I just looked down at my bracelet...

Jo said...

It's been a very chilly start to the new year here in Connecticut! Wishing you many blessings in 2010.


Kim said...

Happy New Year girly.
Glad you had a great Holiday ...
I konw you will see your little girl this year..
have a great week..

jennifer said...

39 days!! I hope 2010 is the year for you!! Love the pictures!

Shell in your Pocket said...

I hope your dreams for adoption come true in 2010~
You seem like such a wonderful mother and family!

sandy toe

carolinagirl said...

It's great to see you back here! So glad you enjoyed your holidays.
I am sending many many positive thoughts your way for the best year yet!

Robin said...

So glad all is well!

Happy New Year!

Ivy Shaffer said...

Hi Lisa,

Glad you got time to enjoy family. I know how seriously busy you are and it's always nice to just be an observer and enjoy conversation with those you love.

Wow, look at Sarah! She's always changing and getting prettier each post. Yep, I think it's time she becomes a big "sister"...wow, I'll be waiting to become a new "Auntie" too. I'm getting excited now:))

Glad to see things are back to some normalcy for you, always look forward to your posts.

Well, it's late and I'm watching too much crazy stuff on TV so hope to chat with you this week. I really miss you!

Happy New Year, may 2010 be amazing and the year you finally hold your China baby in your arms!



Christy said...

Great pics and sounds like a great holiday. I hope 2010 brings a more relaxing year for your faimly with one happy little addition!!-- come on China!!

Big hugs,


Denise said...

Happy New Year! And I love your new header...yes, you are almost there!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy New Year! And I really do feel this will be your year, Lisa... maybe not ours, but definitely yours. Glad you had such a nice break - I may take one soon, too.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Lisa! Brr it sure is cold out and it's getting colder! I'm glad to hear you had a nice relaxing holiday. I can certainly relate to that overwhelmed feeling and I'm glad you were able to take some time to just enjoy your family.

I love the new header too! Looks great!

Lucy said...

Happy New Year Lisa! Your break sounded perfect. It is so hard to juggle everything. Sometimes I think I'm crazy that I can't do it all so it's nice to know I'm not the only one struggling from time to time. :) I'm so excited you're getting so close to referral, so unbelievably exciting!!! What a wonderful and blessed year you have in store for you. :) Take care and have a great rest of the week.
P.S. We got a Mac, spent our break transferring 7,000 photos (yikes!) and debating between the Adobe CS4 or Apature software...

Anonymous said...

I know you have waited so long for referral. I hope China sends you the news you long for this year!

Lisa, nice to see you back :)! LOVE the picts you take ALWAYS.

xxMe and Jane

Bridget said...

Happy New Year Lisa!!!! What an exciting and special year you have ahead of you!!! I am so happy for you that your long awaited referral will most likely happen this year!!! It puts a smile on my face!!! I can't wait to follow you to China and see that sweet girl in your arms. She will be the perfect addition to your lovely family!! Here's to a wonderful year filled with lots of happiness!!! Can't wait to see what happens!!!!

Hugs -


Steffie B. said...

Love the pics and I am crossing my fingers for your littlest princess to come home! ;)

jenbusymom said...

Glad you had a fun and relaxing holiday. Hopefully 2010 will be the year!

Carolin said...

Happy New Year!

JMCS said...

Oh Lisa I hope that this is finally the year for your referral! Can you believe only 39 more days of referrals to get through!

I love your beautiful images of Sarah and did you use brushes on the first photo? Really gorgeous. I also love her expression and the gorgeous catchlights in her big pretty blue eyes.

Here's to a happy 2010 for you and your family and hope you reach all your goals.