Friday, December 31, 2010

my letter to the year two-thousand-and-ten.

as i looked through all the zillions of pictures on my laptop, i realized how good a year you were. i remember having those moments thinking that this might be the roughest year with all the changes that were taking place...but at the end of the day (or we could say year), everything unfolded in just the right time. i look back and see God's perfect timing and His hand orchestrate so much more than i could ever envision. 

(click on the a few of the words below, linking to those past posts!)

chicago. friends considered family. babysitting adventures. philippines. engagment to my best friend. transformers. saying goodbye. 

 "there is a time for everthing, and a season for every activity under the heavens..."
ecclesiastes 3:1

i'm thankful for the past year and now i'm looking forward and ahead to the brand new year!
what are some of your favorite memories from the past year?

[happy new year's eve!]

p.s. don't forget the last giveaway for the year!


  1. awwwww loved seeing all these photos of you, all the exciting things that have happened to you, and how you've grown as a person/friend/blogger/shop owner/daughter/fiance/sister! one of my FAVORITE memories from this year... was meeting you in chicago, ilene!!! and then hosting the cold hands, warm hearts swap with you, that was soooo fun, yea??? :D

    you are one of my best blogging friends... E.V.E.R and you MADE my year SOO much better!!! i LOVE our constant texts/tweets/DMs/emails/phone calls and hope for many many more in the coming year!!

    i am soooooooo excited to be able to finally see you again in april too, where i will be by your side, helping you market your booth and keeping you company and giving you support b/c i know you will be nervous, but you really shouldn't be!!!

    here's to a growing friendship and a beautiful 2011!!! I LOVE YOU more than blog comments can express!! *tear*

    sandy a la mode/blog mentor/etsy mentee/CHWH co-hoster/blog best friend

  2. girl all these photos are so great!!!! hope you have a very blessed new year! :)

  3. Wow, such an eventful year! I hope 2011 is just as wonderful! :)

  4. What a fun year! It must have been a super fabulous fantastic one!

    You met Shia and Patrick?! Oh my wow! I love Transformers and Grey's! I am sooo jealous. That's sooo awesome!

  5. Wow - what an eventful year!
    We went to see the filming of Transformers, too, but didn't get that close!
    Wishing you a magical and happy 2011!

    Thanks again for the Etsy advise! So glad we "met", friend!

    Hugs xxx

  6. what a fun year!!! Just posted about my cold hands warm heart swap, because my package just showed up!! Had such a great time with that :) Thanks again to you and Sandy for hosting it!

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  8. happy new year ate Ilene. i really love to read your blogs, it was totally fun and nice.
    your year 2010 was really a FUNtastic one. love it!!!! God bless.

  9. Ahh wow! That is such an epic year full of lovely! I can't believe you were able to choose the photos for this post. You are utterly adorable and I look forward to getting to know you even better next year :)

    Have a blessed New Year!

  10. These are all great pictures. OMG! McDreamy!

    I hope 2011 is even more fabulous for you.

  11. What an awesome year it has been for you!
    Meeting Mcdreamy and getting engaged all in the same year! you go girl :D

    Can't wait to read your blog more in this new year!

  12. what a beautiful recap in photos!! looks like a wonderful year rich in memories!! hope your 2011 is even more fantastic!

  13. I love love love how your life is filled to the brim with family and friends. Your happiness is so contagious and I can see why!

  14. What an amazing year you have had! I hope you have an amazing NYE and a wonderful 2011!

  15. I see the picture from the craft fair where we met!! So exciting!!! Your year looks wonderful :).

  16. great picture of you two kissing! nice to meet you and ur blog. following you so hope you'll do the same! :) HNY!

    B So Chic!

  17. hope 2011 brings you even more happiness sweet friend!!

  18. What a gorgeouus year u had! So wonderful to look back. Happy New Year, sweetie. May 2011 bring everything u wish for and more! xoxo

  19. Happy New Years my friend. Love the scripture you posted, so made my day!

    **Sandy's sweet comments made me tear up a little bit, so sweet. You guys are awesome!

  20. Loved looking at all of these pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful year.

  21. Awww I loved this post, a lot!! It was a teeny bit sad to see your face on the streets of chicago again (via the pics) in the sense that it made me miss you more, but you're right, God has taken you on this journey, and it is gooood! XOXO and a very happy new year!!

  22. oh, i wish i had been a follower of your blog earlier this year! you have had so many adventures, haven't you? God is Good!

  23. i didn't know you were engaged. he's super cute! (as are you, of course).

  24. Is that really you with Patrick Dempsey?

    I love that photo of you and the boy kissing with the subway in the background. It's gorgeous!

    Happy New Year! Thanks again for putting together the cold hands, warm hearts swap. It was fun!

  25. You & your fiance are just so darn cute. And I love the pic of your sis looking very pro-Bieber.

  26. What a beautiful year you've had! That cupcake is to die for. And your engagement photo... normally I think they're really tacky, but yours is just amazing. Truthfully. :)


  27. What a great post! I'm catching up on all the blogs I follow now that I'm back from a little holiday break. This post is one of my favorites. I love that you have so much fun with your family :)

    Happy New Year!

  28. such a great post! I need to put my 2010 recp together, this is wonderful :) 2011 is going to be amazing I think!

    p.s. how adorable are you?? :)

  29. What a great year! I just did my recap. They are so fun!

    Happy New Year Ms. Illy!


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