Obviously, the big news of the year is Baby McBookworm. It took us a long time to decide whether to have kids, then when to have kids, and all the ensuing logistics (we're big on thinking things through), but we know she will be worth the wait. And since we took so much time to plan, we'll be sure to be perfect parents, right? ;)
A close second on the 2011 happenings would be buying a house. This was another huge step for us that was a long time coming. I love owning our own home, but, as with all good things, it has come with plenty of challenges (like the fence collapsing the week we closed).
Wrapping up the top three, Jason and I both completed another year of doctoral work. I finished my residency requirement (two back-to-back full-time semesters) and am now a living testament to "that which does not kill us makes us stronger." ;P We both learned a lot, and we're excited that we just have one(ish) more year of coursework. (This was us during spring finals, I believe.)
Finally, after several years of maintaining two separate blogging identities, I combined my personal and professional lives right here! It's going well so far, but I'll probably at least keep tweaking the look as the year goes along. (Suggestions for that are always welcome, btw!)
Other fun happenings of 2011...our major snow storm in February, our sixth anniversary, and our trip to Seattle. I read about 35 books this year, and favorites included The Power of Half, Bringing Up Girls (and Cinderella Ate My Daughter), and Pretty in Plaid (no review, but it was mighty fun Christmas reading).
Overall, it's been another fabulous, frustrating, fun-filled, faith-requiring year in Fort Worth. We've been blessed to see God's amazing provision time and again, and we're humbled at the blessings He has showered on us this year. We know that He is with us through good and bad circumstances, but we really are grateful for a "good" year. Now we're excited to see where He leads us in 2012!