What happened in 2013 stays in 2013

by Beth Shepherd
( December 31st, 2013 )

2013. Milestones I will always remember and losses I will never forget.

Family Day 2013Big Papa, Baby Bird and I celebrated one year as a family!

Jump for joyBaby Bird started speaking in sentences and jumping with joy.

Chickadee bird's nestChickadees made a nest—and a family—in our birdhouse for the first time.

Maggie turns 18Maggie Moose celebrated 18 years of kittenhood.

Four candles and a cupcakeMy blog, Pampers and Pakhlava, celebrated 4 years and over 400 posts.

Bay Laurel treeI grew a lot of great food.

Bay Laurel Ice CreamAnd cooked it.

The last Poplar branches We lost a few trees in our yard.

New trees and plants in our yardAnd planted a few more.

Space Needle in fogI took some photos on the west coast,

Lancaster barn, tree, cornon the east coast.

Volunteer Park photos of bubblesAnd learned a few tricks along the way.

Baby Bird and LiliBaby Bird had an opportunity to hold hands with children from her birth country (and even the orphanage where she spent the first year of her life) at our adoption agency’s annual reunion.

FriendsAnd, after four long years, I was finally able to hug some of the women who got me through the darkest of times (and who continue to cheer me on still).

Big Papa, his mama and Baby BirdBig Papa’s mama died in July.

me and Caren And my sister, Caren, passed away on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

~Robert Burns, 1788

To that cup of kindness and 2014!

Take the road less traveled, Beth

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On January 1st, 2014 at 5:54 am, Maribeth said:

Lovely. The pic of my girly and your birdy is just so amazing, thank you B!

On January 1st, 2014 at 10:09 am, Kristin K. said:

So many things can happen in the span of a year. Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

On January 1st, 2014 at 11:43 am, Carolyn Guth said:

Beth, You capture the most amazing photos of your year—love your new backyard with the birds—and Maggie, what a cutie! You and Joel are super parents to Ardea—she is so blessed, as are you two!

On January 2nd, 2014 at 7:14 pm, Beth Whitman said:

Thanks for sharing, Beth. You’re so lucky to have Baby Bird there to bring you so much joy!

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