Hi friends,

Wow, the end of January already! At least I’m finally starting to get used to writing 2015 instead of 2014.

What’s been happening the last month?

Well, DJ is a DOCTOR! A week before Christmas, he defended his doctoral thesis, researching radiation treatment methods for prostate cancer. The week leading up to that day was one of the most nerve wracking of our lives, but the payout was so worth it. It was one of the best Christmas presents we could have asked for.


We spent Christmas at home, which we usually do. We both had to work the day before and after. I like working Christmas eve. I work with some really great people, but the holidays always make everyone nicer. I always make chili and cornbread and bring it in for my coworkers (I think this is the fourth year in a row I’ve done it).


The weekend after Christmas, we went to my parent’s house and visited so many friends. It was great! We spent a lot of time with the people we love. We always get asked how the adoption process is going – we’re fortunate to have so many people who care about us and are excited to love a new baby!

I had to work on New Year’s Day, so New Year’s Eve wrapped up pretty quickly.


Can’t stop these party animals


Our running training has started for the year. I’ve started with some plantar fasciitis, so I’ve been in the pool at VCU a lot.

DJ’s advisor threw a defense celebration for him two weeks ago. DJ’s mom, Helen, had her gallbladder out right after Christmas, but her doctors let her come for the party, which made us so happy!

This week, I went to a photography workshop with one of the best photography instructors in the country. It was a great presentation (and it was super nice to have the day off work – we’ve been so busy lately!) I even got to go up on stage and get a picture with him!


We are so hopeful for 2015 – it’s off to a decent start so far. We can’t wait to see what’s in store!


We finally found out what happened to DJ.


2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

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