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2010: A year in review

This year was a whopper of a year!! It was easily the most amazing year I've ever had and yet I can't believe everything that happened this year was actually this year. Most of it feels aaaages ago.

In February I flew out to Sydney, Australia to visit my amazing Mr. van der Wel. I hadn't seen him in 3 years. My stomach was in butterflies and I couldn't wait to see him.
Hamilton, New Zealand
We toured around the city and loved every minute of being with each other. We flew to New Zealand to meet his folks and the mister proposed!! It was magical.

In May Phil flew out to Texas a month before the wedding. I quit my job early so we could spend time together and finish the preparations for the wedding. May was so much fun! We had a yard sale with all my things to raise money to move to New Zealand. We had our engagement photos taken by the lovely Miss Ashtin Paige. We toured around Texas and visited cute little towns like Fredericksburg.

Since we had a long distance relationship for the majority of our relationship, it was so wonderful having this time to be together. Sometimes it still amazes me that I get to hang out with him all the time. We will be driving somewhere and I feel so lucky that I can look over and see him sitting next to me. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

In June we were married! I know it sounds quick, but believe me, it was ages! It was forever. It was waaaaay too long. We got married in the cutest little white chapel you ever did see. It was perfect.
The chapel
Before the ceremony

In July we moved to New Zealand to start our life together. When I look around at the scenery around me I still can't believe I live here sometimes! I feel so blessed!
Our Evening Walks

In late September we found out we were expecting a little baby to join our family! We had some early complications and didn't announce the little Bean's arrival until we hit 12 weeks to be on the safe side. We are so excited to meet you, little van der Bean!!!

In November we purchased our first home. It has been so amazing being able to call this house a home and work on the place together. We have a beautiful veggie garden and a beautiful little yard to call our own.

And in November we made the big announcement of our future Bean!

Like I said, 2010 was a really big year. We got engaged, married, moved countries, bought a house, and have a baby on the way. 2010 guys. It's been an amazing year and I wouldn't change a thing.

I look forward to what 2011 has for us!!

Talia Christine


  1. It sounds like an amazing year. I'm really glad I found your blog this fall. I've come away feeling inspired most of the time. Can't wait to see what the new year has in store.

  2. Wow. Now that was an awesome post.

    I'm curious what the three years leading up to Sydney were like?

  3. Wow, I can't believe ALL of that was accomplished in just one year! I am SO happy for you guys! (I love the picture of you with the farm land in the background!) :D

  4. After reading about your wonderful year all I can do is ......SIGH and tell you how happy and grateful I am to have been a part of it. Getting to spend so much time with you and waiting and praying while you visited Phil, then finally meeting Phil and loving this wonderful man who captured your heart!!
    We're at the door of 2011 and already have so much to look forward to...!

  5. My gosh, sounds like an amazing year, well done to you! Hope your 2011 is just as wonderful.

  6. What an amazing year alright!! Here's to a fabulous 2011!!

  7. Aw, what an amazing year! Just found your cute blog, love the pictures and the banner. Nice mix of vintage, craft, and creativity :) I'll be back to read more.

  8. Happy 2011! It seems it will be a great year for you!!! ;-)

  9. Congratulations for everything! Your 2010 sounded pretty amazing and fun! Yay to living in New Zealand! (I am from a little country town south of Auckland)

    I really do like your blog, more excited now with little bean on it's way!

    Ngaio May x

  10. woah. epic year!
    how did you two meet?

  11. How beautiful. what a great year for you and a special journey!! Lovely. I am going to be following you now! I love married couples and I am married with two little boys so it is fun to see other mamas in the blogging world too.

  12. you've had an amazing year, i hope to one year have one as great!

  13. You are adorable and your blog makes me feel cozy inside.



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