This past year was easily the most exciting and crazy year of my life. I decided that I needed to start a blog, mainly because of my new daughter, Elinor Jane Saunders. My sisters-in-law keep everyone up to date on what is going on with their kids by blogging. So I decided to follow suite. So to start with lets get you all caught up.In 2007:Joe graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in March. He had been at the academy for 6 months. I was so proud of him and his accomplishment. Shortly after his graduation we moved into our first home that we bought in April. We were so excited to fix it up and make it our own. We got about half way through all the renovations we wanted to make when I found out I was pregnant on Mothers Day in May. It was quite a suprise! We were not planning on getting pregnant for a couple more years, but once we heard the little heart beat we were so excited! Then in June we bought our first puppy and named her Roxie Hart. She is definitely an important part of our family! In August it was time to find out the gender of our little one....a girl. And we decided to name her Elinor Jane. Elinor after Elinor Dashwood in Jane Austen's novel "Sense and Sensibility" and Jane was after my sister Casie and best friend Annika, who both have Jane as a middle name. Not to mention Jane Austen herself! As the fall came and went the aniticipation of our little girl grew and so did I! Finally December 31, 2007 at 11:13 am Elinor was born and she was perfect.She was 7lbs 6 oz and 20 inches long. She has the sweetest disposition and her daddy and I cannot get enough of her. She is now 2 months old and I cannot believe how much she has changed already. I am truly blessed by the gift that God has given me and my prayer is that Joe and I will raise Elinor (and her siblings) to be like Jesus and to love Him. That brings us to now and this blog will be dedicated to recording the growth of my family in size and in love. Welcome to my Blog!