What a year this has been. I am finally pregnant again after over two years of trying. I couldn't be happier! We are having a boy and that will definitly change the dynamic of our family in this next year...can't wait to see how it changes! My husband still has a job and I am still able to stay home full time with Philomena. What a huge blessing that is. I'm not saying it's easy...we definitly make sacrifices, but it's so worth it. Our extended family has grown this year with the birth of my nephew and Godchild Egan and my niece Olivia. We also grew by adding Nick to Dom's side of the family. He is a wonderful brother in law and a fantastic uncle! My sister in law Maria joined the convent in Alma, Michigan this year, which has been a huge change for everyone. We are so excited for her in whatever God calls her to be during this time of discernment. We are borrowing her car while she is gone this year and that has been so wonderful. This allowed us to sell our van, but continue to have two cars so I am not stuck at home all day. Hooray! Dom joined WW and has been working hard at altering his diet. He has aslo altered his schedule so he can excercise more frequently. I am so proud of him. Mena turned three this year and is acting much more grown up. She is so joyful and can often be seen singing around the house as she caters to all her little dolls. So maternal! She can't wait until her new brother arrives and she hugs and kisses my belly daily. So cute. I started homeschooling her using the Montessori method this year. This is new for all of us. We are taking everything slowly and it is very enjoyable at this pace. Afterall, childhood should be fun! That seems to be all the big stuff of this year. We are looking forward to 2010 and all the joys and struggles (more to offer up!) it will bring!