2021 has without a doubt been the best year of our lives. On this day in 2020, we were celebrating New Year’s Eve in downtown Boston with our close friends Tommy and Caela. We dressed up, had a fancy dinner, enjoyed some fancy drinks, and watched the ball drop to bring in 2021.
In general, we are always optimistic on what a new year will bring. Luck. Fortune. Love. Family. Good health. However usually that optimism dies out by February 1st and we all get lost in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. Not us. Not in 2021. On January 23rd, we became parents. Winter Lynn made Terri a mom and Ryan a dad. Two titles we had waited so long to attach to our name.
But that was not all 2021 brought us. Not long after Winter was born, Ryan would be promoted to management for the first time in his career and Terri would transition to a fully remote HR position allowing our family more flexibility. We were not even through Q1 and we both felt the most fulfilled in our lives. To say we were happy would be an understatement.
But 2021 was not done spoiling us with good fortune. On April 13, 2021 our second child Parker Rye would be born in the middle of nowhere Missouri. We would end up spending over two weeks there bunkered up while it unexpectedly snowed. We were now a family of four. How?! How, did we get so lucky? The truth is there was some luck involved, no doubt. But we also had an entire network of friends and family supporting us on our path to parenthood. For that we are forever thankful.
It’s not lost on me that 2021 was not this perfect for everyone. The world was still in the middle of a pandemic and many people got sick and some even lost a loved one or family member. For those who have had enough of 2021, and are ready to move forward, we wish you nothing but the best in 2022.
For those couples or perhaps individuals who are still fighting to be parents, whether that is through a natural conception, IVF, or maybe even our path of adoption, we are pulling for you. We hope you all become parents in 2022 and you all get to ride this wild rollercoaster of parenthood. I promise it’s worth the wait.
2021… You will be missed. 2022 here we come. Happy New Year!