02 January 2009

It's the Final Countdown--of 2008

Here are a few of my favorite moments from 2008.



1. Marrying my best friend, Michael, on 31 May in Athens, GA. It's hard to believe we dated over 6 years before tying the knot. We love the married life.











2. Moving into our new home in late fall.


3. The birth of our niece, Mariella, in October. We are also proud of our nephews, Jay and Matthew.



4. The birth of Robert and Sandra's baby girl, Maelee, 2 weeks before our wedding.














5. Kajal and Malay's engagement ceremony in North Carolina during the summer. Ahhh, the Patels!


6. Macy and Paddy's fall wedding, complete with a live band and a dance floor.



7. Getting the phone call from Kennedy Elementary, telling me I was going to be part of the 3rd grade team.


8. My brother, Erik, graduating from UGA with a degree in Landscape Architecture.



9. The birth of Llewelyn and Brad's baby boy right before Christmas, Bryce. What a special Christmas present!













10. Celebrating holidays, birthdays, and special occasions as a married couple with our families and friends.

11. Going on a camping trip for my bachelorette party with my girlfriends! I loved taking the non-traditional route for such an occasion. Some of the gals had never been camping before, some got to see Cumberland Island for the first time. It was a fantastic trip.











12. My and Michael's honeymoon to the British Virgin Islands. It was our first time going out of the country. We enjoyed our time in the Caribbean.











13. Petting a manatee!!! This was the most memorable encounter with nature I have ever experienced.



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2008 also brought sad memories or moments we'd like to forget...



1. Several of our loved ones lost their jobs.


2. Janaki moved away.


3. Michael's grandmother fell and broke her hip.


4. The cost and shortage of gas, for a while, created a fear in everybody.


5. THE DROUGHT...and it contintues...




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There were far more positive than negative memories in 2008. I'm so grateful for all of our blessings and the happiness in our lives! Maybe 2009 will bring better things for those of us who have seen hard times or bad experiences. I can't wait to find out.

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