It's hard to believe another year has come and gone! I cannot believe how little I blog anymore. I always intend to, but life doesn't afford me a lot of time to blog these days, what with 5 kiddos and all. How do I sum up 2011? A growing experience for sure. I had to grow out of my comfort zone to learn to ask for and accept help. I learned I *can* parent on my own, with my spouse deployed (although I know I'm never really on my "own"). I am so thankful, beyond words, for the people who stepped in to bless our family this year in so many countless ways. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better we were blessed with many Christmas gifts unexpectedly. What a huge blessing. God is so good to us. He blessed us with a precious baby girl. He brought my husband home safely. We're healthy. We have food, a warm home and clothes. God is good. I really cannot complain, can I? Who am I to be ungrateful? Speaking of baby girl, how is it she's already almost 6 months old? About 3 days ago she finally rolled from her back to her belly. She's been rolling from belly to back for probably 2 months now. She has her two bottom front teeth. She sits up pretty well, though I wouldn't leave her unassisted yet. She's a mama's girl for sure. She certainly doesn't sleep well at night like she did back in the beginning. But, can I complain? No. I am blessed with the chance to be her mommy! I have so many friends who'd give anything to have a baby so I really can't and shouldn't complain. I wonder what 2012 has in store for us. Will we get orders? As much as I do love it here, I think I am honestly ready to move. I want to live on base again. I am tired of owning our home, a home that we outgrew the minute we moved in! But, I am thankful we have a home, a roof over our heads, nonetheless. So, to sum up 2011, it wasn't always easy, what with Zach gone for 7 months of the year, having a baby with him gone, not just any baby but baby number 5, and all the other obstacles, I am thankful for it all because each experience makes me and shapes me into who I am and I pray that I will grow from it and attempt to be who God wants me to be.