Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

After months of not being able to log into my account and not really having time to figure out why, I finally acquired a solution this morning!  So I'm back, and I would like to think that I could post more in 2015 than I did in 2014, so we'll see how that goes.

2014 was a pretty good year (in comparison to 2013 I'd say). 

Madison graduated high school and started college in the fall.  She started with a softball scholarship, but after a semester of that, we all realized that was not the best choice for her, and on her own, she made the decision to bring that chapter of her life to a close. She also started with her first job this year and bought a new jeep with the help of her dad, so she's acquired a bit of responsibility for an 18-, almost 19-year-old, and that's a good thing.

Cari is now 15 and passed her learner's license driving test easily back in the spring and is slowly working on learning to drive.  She hasn't been too overly excited about that, but as the age of 16 is fast approaching, she's giving it a little more attention.  She became a babysitter this year, and has done quite a bit for different families, which has been good for her.  She has continued with her homeschooling as a 10th grader and is doing well.  She had the opportunity to audition and perform in A Christmas Carol as the ghost of Christmas future with a local theater company, and she loved it, and we loved watching her do it.  She hopes to do more this year but is taking a break for now as she's about to start piano lessons and wants to concentrate on that.

Amelia is 9 - last year for single digits! - and has continued with her sports, softball and basketball, but has decided she enjoys basketball more. She loves to play with her Barbies and her American Girl dolls.  She now gets to play with them in her own room, which she was able to have this year for the first time as we did quite a bit of switching around and redecorating with all the girls.  She lost her best dog friend, Anna Belle, this year, which she still hasn't quite gotten over (there are currently loving Birthday notes on my fridge at this moment for Anna Belle as her birthday was some time in January).  Aside from all that, most importantly, she has been giving much thought to her relationship with Jesus this year.  We had been having discussions off and on, and one afternoon after we had watched God's Not Dead, she came to me in tears and told me she wanted to be a Christian.  That certainly makes my heart happy.  Yes, 2014 was a good year.

Matthew is now 6 and has become quite the baseball fan and loves playing.  He played in the spring and fall and is geared up and ready to go again in the next few months.  He is such a sweet little boy.  Very loving and easy to get along with.  He loves Spider Man and pretty much all of the Avengers.  He is becoming a Lego enthusiast.  A big accomplishment for him was learning to swim this year!

Brad and I haven't had too many changes.  He's been struggling with his CIDP a bit, but from what I understand, it could be much worse, and we're so thankful that it has not interfered with his ability to work at UPS or minister at church.  We're extremely thankful for wonderful insurance that covers his treatments - treatments which are making a great difference.  I started a new MT job this year with a company in Washington, D.C., and it has been an excellent fit.  We still have our home for sale and actually started with a new agent in November and with a lower price, so we'll see how that goes in the coming months. 

So, on the spur of the moment, that's the best recollections I have of 2014.  Now let's see what 2015 has in store.  :)

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