Saying good-bye to 2007 makes me a little sad. It has been a big year, full of a lot of change in the Pankewich household. This time last year we were without Calvin, living in Texas, working at UST, still tutoring and subbing some at SMG, and devoting all our time to our one child. In the last year we have added a wonderful new life to our family, watched Emerald turn into a full-fleged 2 year old, acquired a mini-van, searched and found a new job for Skip, moved out of our first home (where we celebrated all of our anniversaries, brought home our 2 kids and dog, and the only home we have known as a married couple), bought our second home, moved to a new city, and survived a car accident. It has been quite a year as we look back and reflect. Our proudest moment has been in parenting our two precious angels. I miss all my friends in Texas, having our comfortable life of no stairs and baby-proofed cabinets, and we all really miss our dog. We miss not spending the evening with Christi (our usual tradition of gorging ourselves on too much sweet stuff and toasting with our black-eyed peas and some form of beverage), going to the Kellers the next day, and spending the week around new years in shorts (it always seemed warm this time of year in Texas). We are working on new traditions, having the Harts over to celebrate with us, and putting on our gloves and snow boots to make footprints in the snow and shovel the driveway. We will continue to give our thanksgiving prayer to God thanking Him for all our wonderful gifts we have to celebrate in the arrival of this new year. Our top prayer goes to the wonderful birthmothers who gave life to our precious children. Thank you to Leticia and Josephine for the gift of life!!
May you all have a wondeful 2008 full of health and love of family and friends. We wish you the best.