It’s time to say goodbye to 2010, the year of so many “firsts” that will never happen again, but we’re so excited that they did. I’ll list a few here, but there are so many that I’m sure I’ll leave some out.

January brought us Madeline’s first smile, our first wedding anniversary, and Dan’s first trip to a National Championship football game.

 There was a first tooth, followed by a second, third, fourth, and fifth. My personal favorite was the first word (dada, of course) followed VERY closely by the second (duck) and many more to be discussed in a later post. The first laugh has grown into a red-faced, belly chuckle that I absolutely LOVE!

We had a first trip to Greenville to visit family, then in March we had a first visit to Charleston (for both Madeline and me) when Uncle Ben and Aunt Elizabeth got married.

There was a first Valentine’s Day…

Look how stinkin' small she was!

A first Easter…

A first Fourth of July…

A first Halloween…

A first Thanksgiving…

And a first birthday…

Look how she’s grown!!

This was also my first year to have a real Christmas tree. It’s my first year teaching in Alabama, as well as my first time teaching seniors. (Wow. That’s all I have to say.)

I asked Dan if he had experienced any firsts this year, but he couldn’t think of any. Hmmm…I have one! Dan watched The Wiggles for the first time this year. Ha! I knew there was something!

2011 will bring lots more firsts, a million surprises, and countless things for which to be thankful.

As for you, loved one, I hope 2011 brings you everything you’ve been praying for and more. I want you to have true joy. I hope your burdens are lightened. I pray that you laugh more than you cry. I want you to know that you are loved this year.

Love, peace, blessings, and a Happy New Year!!!

The Head Family

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – II Corinthians 5:17