2019 has been a helluva journey. We won some, we lost some, but we made it through. Together. With friends and family. Running through 65 photos summing up our year. For once, I cannot wait to bid this year goodbye and for the new year to begin. Or decade as many have been reminding me. Let 2020 be our year, and the 2020s be our decade!
Fight against infertility begins.
And baking continued.
We celebrated my now husband’s birthday. A year before, he was still just my boyfriend.
Our first IUI cycle failed. We were devastated. I took a month’s break and went with Mum to Hong Kong to celebrate her birthday.
Our first trip abroad together in the longest time!
Her birthday lunch at 3-Michelin Lung King Heen…
Where we also had this amazeballs Abalone Puff!
Baking with my bestie.
We fostered Kawaii. Who managed to run away once and find his way home.
I started my second cycle of SO-IUI.
We watched Maroon 5. First concert together!
And I brought Mum to watch Matilda which was really good!
We said goodbye to Kawaii…
And a week later, we brought Truffles home to foster.
And we found out that we were pregnant with triplets!
We continued to fall in love with Truffles… He was soon adopted after nearly two months and a whole lot of growth with us.
My first visit to Zurich. A pre-holiday to our belated Honeymoon.
Our Honeymoon in Italy begins!
We visited the Parmeggiano Reggiano Factory which was love!
Had loads of pastries…
And ate at world renown Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana.
His 5 Stages of Parmeggiano Reggiano was a revelation!
And we watched my bump grow.
We returned to Singapore and had our baby shower.
Just two days later, I was admitted into hospital. Then discharged. Then readmitted.
Just one day before my birthday, we lost our precious angels.
Our friends and family gathered around us and supported us through our darkest times. We made more memories together.
We learned how to make traditional Png Kueh.
We brunched together.
We had cook-ins at home.
We had eat-outs as well.
Florian and I spent more quality time together.
And celebrated our first wedding anniversary together at the restaurant where we had our dinner reception.
More family time.
And BBQ dinners.
MORE quality time with loved ones.
We went to Bangkok together with Lesley and Zen.
And made so many more beautiful memories together.
And had possibly the best meal of our lives so far at Sühring.
Florian and I finally made it to Japan. And I experienced proper proper proper snow – not the rubbish kind that you sometimes get in London.
From Furano to Sapporo.
We even managed to make a decent miniature snowman.
And of course Tokyo!
We indulged in lots of food, especially seafood! Not enough to last us till our next trip back so we’ll still have to settle for less impressive and/or more pocket-unfriendly Japanese food here.
We returned from Japan and amped up our Christmas spirit with Christmas cookies!
We wished our babies a Happy Birthday on the 16th of December, sending them balloons…
With a card from us up to heaven.
We continued with the festivities meeting with old friends and making new ones – ie Pascal’s lovely parents!
Ute visited which made for more wonderful dinners together.
And of course, my favourite time of the year – Christmas!
With family. xx
Brunch with just us girls.
And as a family.
So many highs, so many lows. It’s incredible how much has happened in the last 365 days. Our miscarriage definitely put a dampener to 2019 but we are thankful for the blessings that was abundantly showered upon us. We cannot put a price on kinship and friendship. I am glad we have both.
This year, we travelled a fair bit, we had many delicious meals, and we were gifted with three beautiful babies that we celebrated even if only for a while. It has been a steep learning curve, learning to appreciate and be grateful for the gift of life. As painful as it was, the blow we suffered was softened by the presence of friends and family who refused to let us stay down for long. They gathered around us and propped us up, reminding us that life is so precious, that Time waits for no man, and that we have to move forward if no at first for ourselves, then for them and for our future.
At the centre of all our ups and downs, I had my unwavering God whose unyielding love and immeasurable strength carried us to the light. And with that, His promise of the great plans He has ahead for us.
As we step into the new year, the new decade, I am filled with anticipation for exciting things to come. I cannot wait to create more memories with my loved ones, and to be a better wife, daughter, sister, friend… and perhaps, mother.