December 31, 2009

Year In Review

I'm awkwardly, and partly sad to see 2009 go. We've had a lot of great memories this year!

January (technically March)- We sold our old house all by ourselves- we're ready to move back near our jobs, yeah!

We finally got to move into our house! After some fixing up (completely gutting the 5th bedroom, 2 new toilets, a new shower, tile floors, MANY MANY hours of wallpaper removal and painting in 7 out of 9 of the main rooms in the house, 6 new ceiling fans or chandeliers, hours of new landscaping and a retaining wall, new furnace, refrigerator, oven, sump pump, well-pump, almost all new outlets, and lots of wall repairs).

*We celebrated our first anniversary. What an awesome first year it has been!

*We headed off to Southern Iowa for a rowdy, fun-filled Leymaster family reunion!

*We got our 2nd kitty, welcome to the fam Cheuse!

*I graduated with my master's and had Matt, my parents, my grandpa, and Matt's Mom and Kevin by my side for graduation!

*We got a new car, welcome to the family Oscar!

*We're pregnant, and although we lost the baby, we now know we CAN get pregnant.

*We bought a pop-up camper, and took a few mini trips with the cats!

My dad and I met my sister in St. Louis for a fun filled family weekend.

We finally got approved to head to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Center for Advanced Reproductive Care. We definitely feel good about this move!

*We officially own a business! Photography, which started out just as something to take my mind off of infertility, has grown into a business! We now are having a blast taking family, maternity, newborn, senior, and engagement pictures! (

And the picture that I get comments on almost EVERY week:

*The cyst is gone, yipee! We get the go ahead to start treatments again!

We've also had some tough times this year.

I was diagnosed with PCOS and we learned pretty quickly that getting pregnant was going to be pretty tough (although we had NO idea what all it would entail).

We miscarried our baby, but found out that it was due to MTHFR, which is hopefully now treated and will prevent us from further miscarriages.

We officially hit one year of trying to conceive... dangit, we were supposed to be pregnant by now! And, we found out that I had a cyst 3 times the size of a normal ovary which meant we had to stop all treatments.

It's been a VERY busy year. We have a lot to be thankful for as the year comes to an end. Both Matt and I can say that this has been a huge year in the "faith" department. We have learned a lot about trusting God's plans for our lives, this is something that can never be taken away from us. And although it hasn't ended as we would have planned, we can only hope that 2010 is as good to us as this year (or maybe even a little bit better) ;-).

Thanks for following us and being along side us during this past year. We hope you stay on the ride for 2010!
Matt & Bailey


Dave said...

super cute photo of you two at the end! Many blessings to you in 2010!!! ~Jess Hansen

Anonymous said...

I love you guys! It's going to be a good year for everyone!! Mom

Hoping for our own Peanut said...

Sounds like you had MANY good things in 2009..Im hoping you have even more in 2010.

Yipee for getting to try again!

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