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Ryan and I began our journey together over 9 years ago, when we began dating. We became life partners in August of 2004, and this past fall we welcomed a baby into our family. Topher Van Sol was born Oct. 3, 2009. We have two wonderful dogs that bring joy everyday and are getting used to this attention stealer! I am a counselor in training, and Ryan is an Educational Assistant at a residential treatment center. He is also working on his MSW. We live to serve and love. We are blessed my our friendships and family.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Card

This is the newsletter that I sent out to my family in their Christmas cards and I thought it would be nice to post it here. Enjoy!

It's hard to believe that 2009 is coming to a close- it has been quiet a year for ryan and I!

2009 began in the back of my in-law's mini-van traveling across the Southern part of the country after a vacation in Florida visiting Ryan's older brother, Jeremy and his family. It was a wonderful Porter family vacation and it was so fun to visit with Jeremy and Rose and their children. It's also wonderful that Jeremy and Rose welcomed their 5th child this November. Aden, Josh, Zac, and Janae love their new little brother, Zane. Welcome to the family, Zane!

This is Ryan and I in the ocean in Florida
Ryan and I also welcomed a new sister-in-law into our family this past April when Ernie married Daley! It was a beautiful Ruidoso ceremony officiated by Ryan and I was priviledged to stand by Ernie as best (wo)man. We were both honored to be part of their special day!

Ernie, Daley, Angela, and Ryan
Ryan began his Master's degree this year at the local branch of NMSU. The Social Work program is set up for working adults and Ryan has been taking 2 night classes. he is thriving and loving school. This part-time program with hopefully only take Ryan 2 more years! I am so proud of Ryan and his education. Ryan also had a change at work with a shift in jobs. He went form being a psych-tech to an education assistant. This means Ryan gets to spend mroet ime int he classroom witht he residents of the treatment center teaching and less in the lodges. He seems to be enjoying the transition.
Another huge milestone came this summer when Ryan and I purchased our first home! it was a fun and exciting adventure that resulted in a little casa in the North Valley of Albuquerque. It has charm and uniqueness and we are so excited about it. Thank you to both sets of parents that helped us move, again! We are home now... at least for a while!
But the most significant event in the lives of Ryan and I this year was the birth of our son, Topher Van Sol Porter! God blessed his arrival in October and life hasn't been the same since. he has brought new and exciting challenges to our lives and although being new parents is sometimes difficult... his little face makes any challenge worth it! Topher has been blessed by multiple baby showers from our friends and family in Lubbock, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and El Paso. We have felt so loved and taken care of during Topher's first few months!
Topher with his parents, 3 wks

This was a year of firsts for this little Porter family. We have been so blessed and pray that your 2009 was blessed as well. We also are looking forward to 2010... many of our friends are expecting little blessings and we are looking forward to meeting Topher's newest friends!


Much love,
Ryan, Angela, Topher, Rufio, and Harper

Thursday, December 3, 2009

2 months and doing good!

I am having a hard time believing that my little Topher is two months old today. I feel like only yesterday I was complaining about pregnancy stuff and waiting to have this baby. Time really does move too fast! But what a wonderful two months it has been!

We had his check up yesterday and little man now weighs 11 lbs 1 oz and is 24 inches long. That means for weight, he is in the 25-50 percentile, and for height, the 75th. His head is also in the 50th, but I didn't write down the measurement. It's a wonderfully round, big head! He also got his shots yesterday and while painful for him, it was painful for me. There is nothing like seeing your little one in pain! I wanted to hold him and make it go away... lucky for me, with two month olds and shots, that is exactly what I did. She shot him, he cried, I held him, he stopped! He did wonderful last night too. No signs of reaction and no fever or fussiness. He slept and ate like normal. It's wonderful when things are normal!

He and I had to go grocery shopping today, and of course, it was snowing. He didn't seem to mind, but I pretty much bundled him up really good. He is such a sweet guy. I never really liked the term "Momma's boy", but now I have one and I love it. He is my little man. We laugh and talk almost all day. He lets me shower, most the time, and occasionally, I let him be held a little extra during quiet times!

We seem to be doing good on this feeding thing. Seems like it would never be a routine, but we have one. I am excited to say, he seems to be eating less formula, which means he must be getting more from ME! I have to say, I have never worked so hard for something like I have with breastfeeding. And the funny thing is... there is only so much 'work' to be done. It's either there or it's not. But for the time being, we are nursing first, then formula as a desert. And the scale says that is working for us!

Lastly, I wanted to mention what a wonderful Thanksgiving we had. It was so special to have Topher meet his Uncle Chris. Chris is so good with babies, having 4 nephews and 1 niece already, it was great to see him with Topher. He feed him, held him, kissed, and loved him. Topher even woke Chris up on several different occasions! Thanksgiving was blessed with my parents, Ryan's parents, grandparents and aunts, uncles, and cousins. I loved being surrounded by family, and Topher did too. He got held and played with and it was so wonderful.

I just feel overwhelmingly blessed today. I am still working on getting my barrings, but days like today make me so incredibly excited about what is going to come.