Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ADIOS, 2014

I have officially dubbed 2014 as the year where I went from looking like I might possibly be a college student about to graduate to looking every single bit of my 33+ years.  All the aging, all at once.  When I look in the mirror, I see the wrinkles that I never noticed before.  More than that, I feel the wrinkles in my heart.  The back half of this year has left me overly ripe and bruised, and I would not wish to repeat it in a hurry.  Or ever.

As John and I reflected back a few days ago, he did remind me that we had fun at the beginning of 2014.  There was our trip to Disney World with the girls in Feb.

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We had an amazing trip to Mexico sans children.

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We went to North Carolina to visit family.

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We went to Kansas City to see the Dodgers who are like family.

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John rightly pointed out that for several months in a row, we did something really fun for almost a week of each month.  The fun didn't totally dry up in July, but it definitely stayed more local after that.  We all survived Lily starting kindergarten.

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We had fall fun and visited several pumpkin patches and had an adorable Bug Squad for Halloween.

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Things were made pretty crazy by the addition of another newborn in our life - a second restaurant to call our own.  The pursuit and takeover of the second store have taken an enormous amount of time and attention - especially from John.  Things have gone remarkably well, and we are so grateful, but we certainly look forward to re-balancing our family and work lives.

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I made a LOT of cookies this year - to the tune of over 1,200.  I have loved it, but I will likely take on a few less in the new year, because there are only so many hours in the day.

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We survived the twins' first full year and ushered in their full-blown toddler hood.

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Lily and Bella turned 5 and 4 and are growing into themselves all the time.

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Obviously, looking back through the pictures makes me feel nostalgic and thankful.  2014 has brought so much good, and I thank the Lord for his overwhelming graciousness towards our family.  Even the hard is good, though I never wish for it.  Though we are tired and aged and ready for a realignment of life, we wouldn't change what it brought.  We've been given so many gifts.  They come with a lot of responsibility that we don't take lightly, but they are good gifts.

So - adios, 2014.  We are looking forward to whatever 2015 holds and praying that the Lord gives us more of his heart for people and himself.

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