So it’s that time of the year…..time to reflect on the past year, think about the next year, look for things to change, look for things to keep the same, and a time to be excited about what’s to come.
I have been thinking about our 2013 and everything that has happened. This has definitely been a full emotional year!
We started with me beginning to help out at preschool a few days a week. Which I found I loved and then I was blessed to get to start working there full time this fall. It is so wonderful to work with kids everyday! I look forward to a new year watching them continue to grow and learn and melting my heart even more!
Then our year progressed to a wonderful trip for my husband and I with some awesome friends out west. I got to fly to the first time and spend some quality time with my husband and some friends! I am looking forward to spending time with them again in 2014 and also not forgetting to make sure the hubby and I get quality alone time because it is so good for us to do every now and again.
Then we learned that after 2 years of trying to get pregnant again that it was more than likely not going to happen…. let me tell you this was something that had already caused a lot of tears…..and learning this caused even more. So now I have to spend more time this new year coping with that and trying not to let it upset me…..which trust me somedays are easy others are hard….especially when you have a child who asks and prays for a sibling. But we are blessed with a wonderful child who is our entire world and we trust that God knows what He’s doing! So this new year will be more coping with that and continuing to work and pray for peace about it.
Then in April we were shaken to the core by our daughter starting to have seizures which ultimately led to a diagnosis of epilepsy. We spent many months praying, crying, fearing the unknown, and watching our child struggle with no way to help her. CT Scan, ambulance ride, EEGs, medicine, hospital stays…..This has been the hardest experience of our lives, but we held to God, each other, and family both spiritual and physical. So I am looking forward to more seizure free days in 2014 and chances to spread the word about epilepsy, raise awareness, and to raise money for the epilepsy foundation!
We had a wonderful weekend trip with our best friends-most definitely looking forward to more of those trips! Maybe even a girls trip with no kids…..Then as our 2013 progressed we were blessed to be able to buy a new camper and go on a wonderful family vacation!! So I am most certainly excited about planning more family trips for 2014!! Oh the places we'll go-hopefully.
As the end of the year came we were blessed with a handsome new nephew and seeing how the other 2 have grow and matured and found new interest…..I love watching them grow and cherish every time I get to see them! I hope 2014 provides more time with them and great blessings for them! And oh my I can't believe by this time next year they will be 6,4, and 1!!! Ahhh!
This has also been a year of spiritual growth, and questions. I am excited about studying more in the new year and trying to become a better Christian woman and example that I should be for others.
2013 has been a year full of trials, sadness, and disappointment……but it has also been a year of blessings with new babies (from sister and cousins), a year of growth as a family, a year of growth in our marriage, a year of growth in friendships, and a year of growth in God.
I am an extremely blessed woman and I am so thankful for each and every blessing I have! I know that 2014 will be full of blessings also!
I hope that you have a happy new year and that you take the time to count your blessings and not take them for granted. But I also hope and pray that this year you will decide to grow in Christ. Study Gods word, learn how much He has done for you, learn what you need to do to have a home in heaven one day, and make that commitment to follow God and His commandments.
Until next time!