Monday, December 31, 2007

Good-bye 2007...You Were a Good Year!

I think it's appropriate for today to take a look back at some of my favorite memories of 2007. That's not an easy task because there were many!

If you know me, you know that I love nature. I especially love wildlife. I was beyond thrilled when I got to see some marine wildlife while in San Diego in February. I went on a whale watching tour and it was magnificent. I saw lots of California gray whales, some porpoise, and sea lions. Here are some whale photos (courtesy of the amazing ship photographer who befriended me and gave me a photo cd he made)!

Maybe even more amazing than seeing whales was the fact that I navigated my way from our hotel down to the harbor on
the trolley system all by myself.

And of course there was seeing MY bear! You can read about that here. I have to say that was without a doubt my most thrilling moment in 2007!

Then there were the elk...

And the golden aspen...

And trips to Evergreen, Grand Lake, Estes Park, Steamboat Springs, and an anniversary trip to Divide, CO. And many beautiful hikes with John, my family, and good friends.

And camping with great friends! So, so fun!! Abbey had s'mores for the first time.

And baseball games...

We had tickets for the only *rained out* game of the entire Rockies season which may have been the biggest disappointment of the year. Especially since they made it to the World Series for the first time in frachise history. Argh!

(Having a snack while waiting for them to "call" the game, which explains the picture below.)

We've also enjoyed seeing our family quite a bit this year which has been such a blessing! The kids spent two weeks at their grandparents' house this summer. It was a gift to all of us...grandparents, children, and to me and John!

I've also loved making new friend and reconnecting with old friends through this world-o-blog! It's been a good year!

I pray that 2008 will be filled with more memories and more reminders of the way that God sees and cares for us. Blessings to you!


Diane@Diane's Place said...

Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your family, Mer! ;o)

Love and hugs,


Kelly said...

Ya'll have had wonderful year - I hope 2008 is even better!
I'm so glad I found your blog - you have a very sweet family and it's fun to run into OBU people in th blog world!

Gretchen said...

Meredith, I'm so blessed to have crossed blog-paths with you this year! I love your pictures, both of my old CO home and of the grey whales. I'm a whale freak, too, and Puget Sound sports a few greys during the April migration, and my kids also were gifted with 2 "adoptions" of Orca in J-Pod, a resident pod of Orca whales in the Sound. One time on a ferry ride, we saw a couple of Orca; I think it was a mama and baby. favorite place on the planet is Maui during the Feb Humpback breeding migration.

Love your elk pictures, too. I have a treasured memory of going to the YMCA cabins near Estes Park with another family when both sets of kids were still in high chairs. We saw elk on tennis courts, elk in meadows, etc. Also, I didn't see them, but my friend and her family spotted some black bears, too. Okay...I could go on, but someone else can surely use the space. :)

Stephanie Kay said...

Sounds like you had a great year. I hope 2008 is as much fun.

Leah Belle said...

You're right. It was a great year. I pray 'o8 is just as blessed if not more.

Who knows, I might even get to meet you IRL this year!:)

Anonymous said...

Good for you for looking backwards and forwards so eloquently. Blessings in 2008.

Julie said...

Mer, Happy New Year. I loved reliviving your year through these pictures. I look forward to sharing 2008 with you and yours!
Much love,

Jenn said...

Loved reading your year in review. What amazing wildlife you saw last year. Happy 2008 - glad I met ya and am looking forward to learning more about you this year!