January found us remodeling our living room, as we installed a beautiful hardwood floor and a gas fireplace, and re-wired the room to shift our entertainment center to a less prominent wall. January also brought us the happy news that Pam was (finally!) pregnant, with the baby due in late September. This exciting and much-anticipated development pretty much dictated events for the rest of 2007.
We spent most of the year preparing for the baby. Pam had two wonderful baby showers, hosted in Troy by Lois and Susan, and in Champaign hosted by our dear friends Teresa and Jeremy Cirks. The amount of stuff that you need when you have a baby is overwhelming, and the generosity of our family and friends is astounding.
We traveled just once this year, heading down to Panama City Beach in Florida for a week in June with the Cirks family. With Pam in the middle of pregnancy, it was a very laid-back trip, and with four-year-old Jake and one-year-old Wade Cirks, we fully experienced a family vacation. We rode on a pirate ship and swam and Jeremy and I actually got some work done. We’re looking forward to making it an annual trip.
In September, as the due date approached, time seemed to stop. Pam was in the middle of her busiest season, getting ready to run her United Way campaign to raise about $3 million, and helping her office prepare to do so much with her out on maternity leave. As usual, I have had too many irons in the fire for most of the year, continuing to grow my responsibilities with HDC Engineering and the Devonshire Group.
Politically, I’ve also continued to work as much as possible, taking over as Political Director for our Congressman and helping to build the Republican Party in the 22 Counties of our District while being very active in our local scene. Jeremy Cirks and I have also been helping many state and local candidates, building websites, creating our own voter database software and doing whatever we can wherever we can. I’ve also continued my local political blog.
We are really looking forward to our first Christmas with him, especially as we spent our first Thanksgiving (and a week thereafter) at the hospital, as Will had surgery for a septic hip. With lots of love and support from friends and family, he’s recovered flawlessly, and Willpower (as we call him) is growing and developing so quickly that every day and every week is a new experience, and just when we think we’ve got things figured out, everything changes.
Oh, the blessings, and the anticipation for the new experiences that 2008 will bring!
Pam, Gordy & Will