I don’t know about you but it seems like the years just keep speeding by faster and faster. I forget what even happened in the year until I start sorting through pictures.
It’s always fun for me to see where the year has taken people, so I thought it might be fun for you to take a glimpse into our 2015. Of course this isn’t the daily grind of work, school work, breaking up fights, the cooking, the cleaning, the everyday living. These are the highlights of the months. The good things and bad things that we hope to remember and learn from as the years continue. 2015 brought much joy, but also many tears.
Here is a peak into our year.
This year started off with a bang.
We had a small fire in our laundry room due to some old aluminum wiring and a space heater. Please be careful with those space heaters! We are so blessed that our entire house did not burn down. The Lord was truly watching over us.
A dear aunt of mine died. This would be the beginning of the year of funerals. We attended at least ten funerals this year from family, church family, and friends. Our children became well acquainted with death this year and spurred many conversations about God and heaven. Great loss was definitely experienced this year and our hearts will never be the same.
We were covered in snow but planning our garden, dreaming of spring.
We attended our first bowling party with our new homeschool group. Bailey began new friendships at this party that have blossomed all year.
Eli slept in a tent in his bedroom for the entire month. I didn’t think he would ever sleep in his bed again!
I lost another dear aunt of mine this month after battling cancer.
This month was all about cleaning and organization of our home, which prompted the writing of my second book, The Art of Keeping House. We finally transformed our home from cluttered to (relatively) clean, and this was our story and what we did to change.
Eli turned 4. Where is my baby?
The kids planted a children’s garden and tended to it all on their own.
Bailey went rock climbing for the first time. A few tears of fear were shed, but I was very proud of her overcoming them.
My little ballerina appeared in her first full length ballet, Charlotte’s Web.
We took our first real camping trip with friends.
My husband and I celebrated ten years of marriage with a trip to Jamaica for just the two of us! It was fabulous!
Bailey had her dance recital, where we sit through two nights of performances to watch her dance one time.
The garden was in full swing giving us strawberries, cucumbers, greens, tomatoes, green beans, and more.
We spent a week with my family while my husband was on a mission trip. Half of the week with my dad and half of the week with my mom. While with my dad and step mom, the kids caught their very first fish.
The kids met my brother and mom for a weekend on Kentucky lake. It was very rare quality time with my brother. I hardly ever get to see him.
Our family also lost another uncle.
Bailey and I also celebrated our birthdays.
We were winding down summer with a Back to School Bash that my husband organizes every year. We give away school supplies and have games and inflatables for families to enjoy.
Bailey and I went with friends to see Beauty and the Beast at an awesome outdoor theatre.
We also took a field trip to see replicas of the Nina and Pinta that were on display in a neighboring town.
The month began with my mom and I taking a girls’ trip to Charleston, South Carolina. It was her first real vacation in probably fifteen years. We relaxed on the beach, ate some great seafood, listened to some jazz, did a lot of sight-seeing in the history rich southern city, and even went bike riding.
We also went on our annual apple picking adventure with friends from church, both my husband and I went to conferences, school schedules started back, and the kids attended a huge City Museum field trip with their homeschool group.
October was fairly low key with the normal October activities: pumpkin patch, leaf jumping, birthday parties, and pumpkin carving.
We also made a trip to witness one of our former students get married. My husband officiated the wedding, and I provided the music.
After all of our appliances went out and the floor was rotting beneath us, we decided it was a must to do an extensive kitchen remodel. The entire month of November and most of December, we had no kitchen, which resulted in way too much takeout, my house in complete disarray, and doing dishes in the bathtub.
At the same time, we got word that my husband’s salary may be cut in half. We spent a lot of time in fervent prayer seeking wisdom and guidance. It was definitely a scary time. We found out that his salary will indeed be cut, but by 20% instead of 50%. This next year is still very financially uncertain, but we can attest to the Lord’s provisions over and over again. We are excited to see how 2016 will unfold.
We worked day and night finishing our kitchen remodel just in time for my mother in law’s 80th surprise birthday party at our house. It was the best day celebrating her life with family and friends. My husband’s family hadn’t all been under the same roof for 7-8 years!
Somehow in the midst of all of December’s chaos, we also attended several parties, the kids went skating for the first time, I sang at a women’s tea, Bailey saw the Nutcracker for the first time, and we shared the message of Jesus’s birth at our giant Christmas card display at our church. We had a wonderful Christmas with family and even made gingerbread houses.
That was our year! How was yours?