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I am Steph! I am a 30-something mom and wife. I am Bi-Polar. I am an Autism mom. I work full time outside the home. I overcommit myself every single day. I sometimes wonder how my husband puts up with me on a day to day basis. I have 2 children, one neuro-typical and one not so neuro-typical. I am a hot mess. I am Steph.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Reflections..... A Photo Blog of 2010

As I sit here in bed thinking about what to write tonight I can't help but think about what 2010 has brought to The Hightree family.  We have had so many ups and downs that I can't believe it is finally over and we can start fresh in 2011!!  Here is rundown of what the year has brought us! 

*January brought us the exciting news that we would be adding to our family!  Little did we know at the time that our little man would steal our hearts the minute he came into this world!

*February was filled with play dates and having fun!  Im so thankful we were able to have these fun times to learn and play!

*March meant that the weather was getting warmer so we could venture outside to play!  Our little girl grew so much everyday and I am so privileged to be able to witness it every minute of every day!

*April brought us Easter and Leif and my 5 year Wedding Anniversary!  I was lucky to be able to speak at the Sunrise service at our church on Easter morning!  It makes for a very early but rewarding morning!

*May allowed us to discover that we were expecting a baby brother for Cady!  The name Nathan Wesley was chosen for our little growing guy!

*June was filled Kipker/Lesczcewski Wedding planning!!  Only one month left until my little sister became a wife!

*July..... Could you have been any busier!?!?!?  July was filled with baby showers, Our Annual Farhni Family Reunion in Wooster, OH and it ended with my sisters wedding!  WHEW!  Im tired just thinking about it all!

*August was a VERY VERY stressful month.....On top of being 4 weeks away from giving birth to our second child and in the midst of planning Cady's 3rd birthday, we had one of the lowest points of the year happen to us.  Leif and my mom both came down with Pneumonia.  My mom was able to control hers, she was in bed for a couple of weeks but came through well...until the shingles arrived...but that's a whole other store there!  Leif was not as lucky!  We spent 8 days in Kalamazoo while he was in the hospital.  One collapsed lung and one surgery later, he was able to come home on Sept 1st!  A Wonderful birthday present for Cady!

*September we were able to celebrate Cady turning 3, 19 days later Nathan entering the world and 5 days after that Leif turning 30!!  What a month!

*October was so much fun!  Our family adjusted well to becoming a group of 4! 

*November was filled with first smiles and Holiday prep! Sharing wonderful moments with our family brought memories that will last a lifetime!    

*December we had our first snowfall of the winter season, Santa visits, Family time and of course Christmas!  It was so fun this year to watch the excitement in Cady's eyes as she tore open her gifts!  She and Nathan made our Christmas complete this year!

Just looking back and reflecting makes me so thankful for what God has provided my family and I with the past year!  I am SO Absolutely Blessed in my life and I can't wait to see what 2011 brings!


  1. I remember reading about leif and how scary that was. So thankful that he is fine and that your family of four is doing well. Such a beautiful one!

  2. Wow! What an eventful year. I love this post. Your family is beautiful!