Thursday, January 1, 2009

A year in review

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 1 Peter 3:18

January marked a new begining. Silas officially became a Shubin. We began our packing for the trip to Ethiopia. We met sweet Ruhama, Silas' friend from HOH.
In February we brought Silas home from Ethiopia. Our lives were forever changed by what we saw and the people we met while staying in this beautiful country.



I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5


The rest of February and March are a blur as we adjusted to our new family. Lots of playing outside and just getting to know eachother. David travelled a whole bunch and I survived single motherhood. ;)

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. II Corinthians 12:9


The kids modeled for a photography workshop in April



Time with Daddy and visit with Papa in May.



Silas' first time seeing the ocean, spending time with his sweet cousin, and just surviving the AZ heat.

A trip to Oregon meeting up with other ET families we waited with.


Davids youngest brother Jon married Amelia in August.



Nichol and Skyler were baptized in September.



Daddy read lots of books.


Silas celebrated his first Thanksgiving.

Our little family Christmas celebration at home. Happy Birthday Jesus!!!


And last minute David decided Silas needed to spend his first Christmas with his entire family. So we quickly packed up the car and headed up to Oregon. Yep, in the middle of the snow storm. Silas saw his first snow and slept through his first family Christmas due to a fever. More on that in another post. I'm a bit behind. But here are a few pictures.

The beautiful NW!


All that travel to see the COUSINS united! Totally worth it!


But yes it was VERY cold!

Snow ball fights at Davids grandparents farm.

Our little snow angel! He loved it!

An absolutely BEAUTIFUL Christmas day!

From our family to yours, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Our prayer is that we will all strive to be more like Jesus in the coming year.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26



17 comments:

JourneytoFamily said...

I LOVED reading your year in review! I especially love your black&white photo of your daughter. Awesome!

Christy. said...

That was such a fun year in review!

emily said...

God is so good sister!! What a year.

Happy New Year. :)

The Zimmers said...

Erica-
What a blessed year! It was so fun to look back and reflect with you and your family! We wish you another year full of God's enormous love!

As For Our House...We will serve the Lord. said...

Happy New Year! It was so great to talk to you Tuesday. THANK YOU for taking the time to call me! Your family is beautiful and I can't wait to meet you in person.

Any progress on plane tix?

:) Michelle

God's Girl said...

What a great trip down memory lane (2008). You had such an amazing year. God is so good and so faithful! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful memories and pictures.

A white Christmas.... looks like fun! Gorgeous pictures. : )

Happy New Year!

Sarah said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT!! I need to do one of those...year in review things. Alot has happened and it was quite a year. I'm glad we got to do it "together" :)

julie said...

Yes, more like Jesus in 2009. I completely agree.

Happy New Year,
Julie

p.s. I loved all the photo's. Gorgeous.

Julie said...

Awesome! And what a great year I think it will be!
Julie

Kathy said...

Loved the year in review. Great idea... I'll have to take it from you. :)

My Blessed Life said...

Thanks for sharing your year and thanks for letting us be part of it. Silas has been such a blessing to all who know him. I am also blessed by you and our freindship. Looking forward to what God has in store for 2009. Happy New Year.

Wendi said...

oh how beautiful! that barn picture is like a postcard!!! so glad you're enjoying the holidays.

Lori said...

What an AWESOME post! I remember going through the year with you (ya know) and it's so fun to see it all condensed! Bless your family 2009! Here's to seeing what this year holds for you all! I can't wait!

Oatsvall Team said...

amazing year ... your family is so blessed and i have loved watching it all unfold ... i love how our hearts chime in the same way !!!

May 2009 bring us both many joys !!!

Sam said...

What awesome pictures. They are all beautiful!

Julie said...

How great to reflect back on all the amazing things in 2008...what a year! It's so fun to see all the firsts for Silas. Happy New Year, girl.

The Roberts Family said...

Wonderful post Shubin family!! Cannot wait to see all the Lord does in your lives in 2009! Blessings, Shelly