Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Reflecting on 2008

I decided that the last post of 2008 should be a reflection of the year. This year has been jammed packed with firsts and lasts, excitement and sorrow, joy and mourning.

Some of the highlights and lowlights of 2008:

January 19th of 2008 Dirk and I had the privilege of being in our good friends Alex and Natalee's wedding. It was a beautiful day and we were/are so excited for them to be married and to be able to go on vacations with them now.

Dirk and I at their wedding

In February we celebrated our first Valentine's Day as a married couple. We're not big on celebrating Valentine's Day but here's a sweet note Dirk left on the mirror in our bathroom.

I'm sure something happened in March of 2008 but I can't think of anything significant.

In April we put the final touches on decorating our apartment. This is the very aspect of the apartment that I still miss. I love my house but I miss having a completely decorated cozy home. Our house is becoming cozy but it is very far from being decorated the way I would like. I know that a house is a constant project but it is also an occasional frustration.

In May Dirk and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. Dirk got off work early and we had a dinner picnic at Citrus Park, where our wedding reception was held.

These are a few of the pics from our wedding:
D2 Photography

D2 Photography

D2 Photography

In June we began looking seriously at buying a house. We looked at models all over the Inland Empire and some foreclosures. 6 months ago I never would have imagined that I would be sitting in the living room of my HOUSE writing a year end blog post. God's plans are full of surprises. What an amazing gift!

July began as a really good month. Dirk and I prepared for our vacation with Alex and Natalee to see Coldplay in Las Vegas. It was tons of fun and super relaxing!

Four days after we returned from Las Vegas struck a tragedy too close to home. As I have written before and most of you know Christopher Laurie passed away on July 24 of this year. I am not going to pretend that I was close with him, or even friends with him but I did have a few short opportunities to spend time with him and his wife Brittany. Both of them are extremely hospitable, loving individuals. My husband's deep admiration of Chris as an artist, a friend and an overall great guy is a testament to me as to what an amazing man he was. I know that many of you who read this blog knew him much better than I did and still I believe that his life and death has changed my life. It reminds me to hold Dirk close and to be a good wife to him. It also reminds me that God's plans are not always understood but that he can use tragic circumstances to bring glory to His name. Lastly, it has reminded me to be more steadfast in prayer as I remember Brittany and the Laurie family in my prayers.

August carried over the pain of losing a member of the design team. Although not a part of the team, I am often an onlooker being married to a member of the team. I watched Harvest's design department grow from being a department to being a team. Chris's absence at the Crusades was felt by all. It was always a fun time when Chris would walk up to the media area, camera in hand, ready to get a few pics. This year there wasn't a visit from Chris to look forward to but there was a lot of remembering and the Lord was honored and glorified. Chris's life and testimony helped Greg reach thousands of people and thousands of people came to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord!

Also in August we signed our contract for the house. It wasn't ours yet but it took 2 long hours to sign the contract to get the financial paperwork started. Dirk and I both had headaches after.

In September I turned 25, Dirk turned 26 and I began my first year as a full-time teacher teaching 5th grade. I was so excited to begin my career and fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. It is still, at times, very surreal to have my own classroom and my own students. I love my job and am so thankful for it.

My birthday

His Birthday

In October Dirk was gone A LOT. He was in Philly for 6 days and New York for 5 days. During this time I was busy finishing two big papers and packing up the apartment. Basically the beginning of October was not exactly enjoyable. On October 11 we moved into to our new house. It was a bittersweet day as I left the apartment, the first place that Dirk and I had made "our home." I am so thankful for our new home and grow to love it more and more each day. It is a blessing from the Lord and I am excited to see how the Lord will use it for His glory.

November of course brought on "the holidays." We had two Thanksgivings and I experienced my first "Black Friday" which wasn't so bad. November was fairly uneventful aside from finishing up my final semester of school and trying to get the house in order.

Finally, we come to December. December was an exciting month for me because I finished my SEVEN year journey of school. It's a long story but basically it took 3 years of lower division classes, 2 years of upper division classes and 16 months of credential work. I know that doesn't add up to 7 years but there was a short break in between to get married...I do know how to add :)

Along with graduating Dirk and I of course adopted the ever adorable Baxter.
Christmas Lights with Baxter

Well with all that 2008 held the Lord was glorified and His name was proclaimed. I look forward to what 2009 holds because as God has shown us this year, whether good or bad, HE will be glorified.

Happy New Year!


  1. Alicia! What an awesome post. I'm so thankful for you guys and we love you so much! Let's make a plan to do some vacation yearly together :) Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family :)

  2. Wonderful post!
    Glad I stopped by:)
    Happy New Year to you and Dirk!
    Your dog is adorable!!!You should have brought him to the Christmas party!!!


  3. This was so fun to read! Happy 2009!