I have to say that this past year has really been a bit of a mixed bag for me. Filled with much joy as my baby brother got married to a wonderful woman, my daughter experiencing many firsts, and several trips both near and far (well, at least as far as San Diego.) We also got to do a lot of camping this year, which we had always said we would do, but never really got around to much. But this year has also held some sorrows for us as well, losing three babies to miscarriage being the biggest of these. This summer was really a challenge for me, trying to cope with all that was happening, both physically and emotionally. Aside from this we also had the daily trials of life - not having work for a little while, etc. to get through. Though thankfully Seth has had steady work for a while now. But through all the ups and downs God's grace has abounded in our lives. There was never a need (physical, mental, or emotional) he didn't fill and he has blessed us in a thousand different ways. God has really put us in an amazing community, everywhere we look we are surrounded by loving and supportive friends and family. It's been really awesome to see how strong our family has come though all that has happened. And looking back I really can't say I would change anything, 'cause I know God's plan for me and my family is better than my own, and he never lets me down.
One of my greatest joys this year was simply watching my baby grow into a little girl. How wonderful to see! Every new experience a life changer for her. She is simply delightful. So as we look forward to this June when we will welcome another little one into our number, we really can't wait to see what God has in store for us!
Regardless of what this past year has held for each of you, I really hope that it has been one that has brought an increase of Faith, Hope, and Love into your lives, and I hope that carries over into this new year.
Much love from our family to yours!