Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014- It's here! :)

 It's crazy to know that we are already in 2014!  Time seems to be flying by too quickly!  I have fallen behind on my updates and trying to play catch up.  I did have a post typed out and ready to go back in October, but we had issues with our internet so it never got posted.  I did post it back on January 1st so I wasn't having to do so much backtracking. :)

I think I'll try to pick up the pieces of some of our happenings from November and December.:)  We took a trip at Thanksgiving time to Texas to be with Shane's parents.  We had a good trip there and back but I can't say it was warm while we were there. :(  On one of the days we were there, they had freezing rain.  We had the chance to drive downtown Dallas and see the beautiful Christmas lights.  We all had a wonderful time together for Thanksgiving.  So many things to be thankful for this year!!  God is so good to us!  Blessed beyond measure!   I am so thankful  for the small and simple things and for that which is big too !  To God be the glory for what He has done and is going to do!

December was a little busy, but oh how I enjoyed it!! Last year I was in the hospital for 2 stays for about a week each time and then sent home at the last of December to go home and pack for Cleveland and have a week of hospitalization there.  Needless to say I wasn't able to enjoy Christmas as I wanted to!  I enjoyed being able to do a little shopping and be able to pick out a few gifts this year though.  I sort of dreaded being able to decorate knowing with the flood back in May took a lot of my decor....but in pulling out the 2 rubbermaids we found our ornaments and some of our decor.  I was so excited to know that I still had some decor that I was able to salvage and use. :)  I enjoy sitting in a room glowing in lights and listening to Christmas music.  I am so thankful that as a family we know the true meaning of Christmas and that it's about the presents but is about His Presence.  I enjoyed being with my family and friends and soaking all the true joy of Christmas.

I took the kids up to the local hospital OB department Friday afternoon to let them see the room they were born in and that we stayed in afterwards.  Neat to be able to show them the nursery and the scale to weight them, and to see the room that Matthew and Kailey had to be in after discovering they had breathing issues.  It was neat to introduce them to some of the nurses they had.   The kids enjoyed it, along with the cake, punch, baby shirts, and drinking cups. They also had all the baby albums from the pics they take available to look at.  They had fun looking up their pictures of themselves.  Sad to see the OB department close down. It was neat being able to walk down memory lane with them and let some of the nurses see just how grown our children already are.

Enjoying being inside and keeping toasty warm while its freezing cold outside.  They cancelled school for 2 days and its been nice to have all of the kiddos all together before routines all begin again.:)  I am thankful for a warm home!!  Enjoyed the extra time to play a few games with them also.  It's been nice not having to bundle up and brave the brutal cold weather!!:) I know we are a ways from spring time, but I am ready for some warmer weather to come.

As I think upon 2013,  there are some lessons I have learned through it and has opened my eyes to some goals I would like to reach this year for myself and for my family.  There were some rough times but God was with us every step of the way whether great or small.  I am so grateful for His love for me and for His blessings.  I don't want to fail to give Him the glory for all that He has done.  I want to be a vessel that He can use.  I am believing Him for some great things for 2014!  

Praying that you all have a wonderful New Year!  Take time to look at the blessings of God each new day!  If you have to keep a tablet and write it down, it's neat to look back upon.  Rejoicing in those things that are both great and small.  May you heart be full. Can't help but think of the song..."Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done, Count your blessings name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done."  Thank you for your cards,emails, text, support, hugs, love, and most of all PRAYERS!  I am a very blessed person!!!!

Love- Jamie

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