S: My High School Years
BC: The End... ...of this season
FC: My High School Years Just a portion of the tapestry my Lord & Savior has woven. 2007-2011
1: I'm graduated & what a ride its been! God brought me & my family through so much together & individually in these past 4 years; made us stronger, refined us as gold, & drew us ever closer to each-other & Him. All I can say is, Sola Gratia & Soli Deo Gloria: solely by His grace & to God alone, be the glory. Now it is a time of celebration, upon finishing my formal education, the countless memories my family & I share through out our years of homeschooling, & in excitement for the future, stretched out wide in front of me! The journey thru this next season of life is just beginning, & starting out with a journey by plane to Idaho for 2 glorious weeks with a best friend! I don't know where my Lord will take me, what He has planned for me, but I know that wherever or whatever I go through, He is good. And His love endures forever!
2: 2007 9th grade! I was officially in high school...embarking on another part of the crazy, God-filled journey. Four of my most formative years began during this summer. | Grammy giving Aunt Lori the pencil test to predict the sex of her new baby! (It was wrong)
3: Christmas 2007 Its a marshmallow world in the winter...filled with lots of family parties, traditions, and this year, we learned we were to gain a new cousin in July!
4: Winter 2008 Steelers win a superbowl, Dad's little girl is growing up and going to a formal, while Ronnie endures a painful sugery to correct his hips and walks triumphantly just a few months later.
6: Ty is born! July 5th, 2008 | Ben & Crystal August 2008
7: Long time friends and fabulous cousins! | Sara's 13th Birthday | Fall 2008
8: Spring/Summer 2009 Spring came after a long winter, Ronnie played hockey again, wiffle ball in the back yard, Ty grew in cuteness and stature-the very image of Aunt Lori at that age. Mum and Dad celebrated their 20th anniversary, and the summer brought countless surprises and parties!
9: Love my cousins! | Mother's Day 2009 | Me and Aunt Peppi!!! | Father's Day 2009 | Reunited with Jolyn, Autumn and Mrs. Yanuzo! | Ronnie & Ty!
10: Graduations, parties and sweet memories with equally precious friends ensued through June. Two more surprises were brewing, unbeknownst to me, for my upcoming sweet 16th birthday.
11: My 3 Sisters! | Anna Banana, crazy Sara and my surprise Idaho sister, Gabrielle! She & my family plotted her trip as a surprise for my birthday & 2 weeks were spent making memories. | My hopechest!!! Mum & Dad worked so hard on it, & it's secret! | Sweet 16!! Lissa & I: friends since birth! Michaela & I: Closely knit since childhood! | My 16th birthday was certainly a celebration to remember. Looking over the pics, I feel so blessed by my family and these my fabulous friends!
12: Butterfly kisses...always mine & Dad's song. Love to dance with him! | Courtney & I-upon hearing the news of her engagement!!! | Fun summer days at Lake Erie with the Hendersons! | 4 of the most important women in my life! Aunts, Grammy & Mum | So the Penguins won their 3rd Stanley Cup that past June, & the morn of a hot August day found us waiting in line for pictures with it! Let's Go Pens! | Late Summer 2009
13: Fall & Winter 2009 | My wonderful grandparents & I at my piano recital...Dad & Ronnie won 1st place in his den in the Pinewood Derby! Michaela & I...love you! Maidens Group 2009!! So thankful to be apart of this fabulous group...all you girls are so precious to me! | From a maiden to a married woman! What a joyful celebration and send off of Dan & Court to their new life!
14: Fun with M&M! | Anna & Ronnie Best Friends | Spring 2010 | Sister Tea Party | Jill & My God-Son, Colin May, 26,2010 | Anna & Sara Grace Christian Dance Recital 2010 | Laina, me, Dani, Sarah & Sara
15: Summer 2010 | Mother's Day & Father's Day 2010 | My 3 Best Friends | Danielle & I! Fast friends! | Me, Gabrielle & Sara Lake Erie, Ohio, 2010 | Ro-Ro & I on My 17th Birthday
16: Summer Fun with Family & Friends! | Danielle Graduated!! | Anna, Ty & Ronnie Sprinkler Fun! | Mum, Anna & Sara Crazy Fun Together!! | Mo, me, Caelyn & Sara Miss you Whitlock Gals!! | Love you two! My best friends!
17: Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls 2010 | Ronnie's 1st caught & eaten fish! Lake Chautauqua Vacation, 2010 | Sisters!!! Fall, 2010 | Michaela's 17th Birthday! 10-31-10 | Me & My Colin!!
18: Sara & Anna making "Bobalki" for Christmas time! | Courtney & I with her beautiful daughter Rebekah! | Dad, Mum & I after my baptism Nov. 20, 2010 | Me & Ronnie!! | Grammy & I Christmas 2010 | Ty & Anna's Nativity Scene
19: Hail, Hail the gangs all here! Mum & Ronnie the Cubscout | Maidens 2010!!! | 4 of the most amazing women in my life! | 3 Friends for Life! Literally! | Dad, Ronnie & Mum on Ronnie's 9th Birthday! Jan. 15, 2011
20: Anna & Mum at Under the Sea in 3D | Bella's 16th Birthday Party! Fun with the Williams girls, Hannah, & Sarah Elaine | Sisters! I love sister pictures! | Colin's 1!!
21: My Family: All that I am, all I will be, is because of you. I thank our Lord for placing me with you. For putting up with me, wiping my tears, making me laugh, causing me to think, teaching me, listening and for loving me unconditionally! Thank you: Dad-for teaching me to ride a bike, to drive, and for always having a hug and encouragement for your 'Boo-Boo." I will always treasure the memories of our dances & Butterfly Kisses. Mum-for teaching and investing in not only my mind for 12 years but my heart, my entire life. I am so thankful for our close bond that (at times) feels like that of a best friend. Sara-for making me laugh! Being my buddy, my best friend, head cheerleader...being your big sister has been an adventure, and not in spite of but because of our differences, I am so thankful for God giving me you. Ronnie-for being the best brother a girl could ask for! And for the record-my favorite. I've loved and been blessed by watching you grow, and persevere through so much excruciating pain at such a young age. You are an inspiration to me. And last but not least-my Anna Banana Peony Lucy Love! You are such a fun, wonderful light in my life, your hugs are amazing, I love snuggling with you and listening to you read stories. You're just the best, my Peony! Where would I be without my family? I am so humbled and grateful to call them all mine. This book is for you!