as i look back at this year, i can't help but describe it as busy...wait...no,very busy! we managed to do a lot in one year.
it was filled with...
a lot of good
a lot of hard work
a little one that touched our hearts
and God answered many prayers.
we began 2013 with a couple of months spent on updating our kitchen.
at the beginning of December, we said goodbye to her and prepared for Christmas. i felt really wiped out and emotionally drained. however, it was a great end to a busy year.
here's a few things i've learned...
God doesn't always answer prayers in the way we expect, but i'm glad He still answers them. He gave us closure that we are to be a family of 4 and for that i'm truly thankful.
we were too busy this year! all good things, but it was too much! we are going to slow down next year and invest more into the things that truly matter.
it's so hard to watch someone you care about make choices that aren't the best. it's hard and painful letting go, but i trust that prayer is powerful!
God calls you to things even when they aren't on your radar. case in point...homeschooling. it's been such a blessing and i love that my husband and i are are able to be their teacher!
just some of the blessings i experienced...
one friday, i got to spend the entire day with an amazing friend, Darci, as we sat on her front porch and chatted for hours.
the support of family and friends during the difficult times.
the amazing counsel i received one afternoon when i skyped with Mandy. thanks for your years of listening to me!
the fun and adventure that i experienced with my family this year. from hiking Multinomah Falls, to playing at the beach, to reeling in fish after fish, to the dirty faces of my "Popeye kids."