Friday, January 17, 2014

Closing this chapter

November and December were a rough month for me.  Don't get me wrong, coming home was a huge blessing, but not coming home to my Own house was super hard.  I haven't really able to talk about all the things that have happened with our house and some things are so sickening, its hard to talk about.  Trying to explain to your 9, 7 and 4 year old why you can't go back to your house is really hard.  Over the last two months so many things have happened.  We got the horrible news before leaving Texas that our buyer for our home had backed out due to the way the house looked.  I couldn't blame them.  Its horrible and devastating.  I prayed every night that something would happen and we would have someone buy our house.  Luckily our prayers were answered and last week we got the call that our house has sold and someone is buying it as is.  This is a huge blessing, because Bob and I never have to step foot into the place that we called home that has been trashed beyond belief.    We FINALLY get to close this chapter of our book and although its bittersweet, we know that God only closes one door to open another.

Top 13 in 2013

Oh man, 2013 was a rough year for me.  There are so many things about the year that I look back and think.....WOW!  Part of it seems like a blur to me and the rest was filled with blessings.  I watched my life do things I never thought it would do.  So my top 13 of 2013:

13.  Starting off the new year in a new place.  So many things we learned and seen.

12.  Our first tornado experience, although scary, it was also interesting to watch how the whole TV turns to watching for tornados.

11.  Bob got transferred to Irving, huge blessing for us and answer to our prayers.

10.  Experiencing Six Flags with my family, loved it.  Wish we had Six Flags in Utah.

9.  Our many trips to Grapevine Lake, I'll honestly miss the lake and so thankful for the memories we made there.

8.  Bob get a new job in July, let's hope this comes with good news this year.

7.  My Step Daughter spending a month with us in Texas and bonding with Lexi, it was so good to have her.

6.  The boys spending the summer in Utah, although extremely hard for me, they made so many memories.

5.  Lexi getting to hang out with her Great Grandparents for many months, she has made some good memories with them and I love to hear her talk about them.

4.  My kids turning 9, 7 and 4.  It's amazing to watch them grow up.  If I could freeze time, I would.

3.  Getting a job in Utah when it was totally unexpected.

2.  Moving back home to Utah

1.  Getting baptized and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  Best feeling ever.

2013 was filled with so many emotions.  So many times I wanted to throw the towel in and quit.  So many times I wanted to fall to the floor and cry, instead I fell to the floor and thanked my Heavenly Father for all the blessings in my life.  Although many were hard, I sit here today in awe of everything that has happened.  Where I am and how blessed I am.

Christmas day

Christmas Day was harder than I thought it would be.  So many emotions of what has happened over the last year with our house in Roy.  It was hard to not wake up in our own house and have the anticipation of going over my parents house and all that.  But we made the best of it and that's all that matters.

I think the pictures say it all.  The magic in my kids eyes from the time they woke up on Christmas morning until the very last minute being awake.  The love that was shown to my three kids on this day. 
My kids made out like bandits and were so happy.  The boys wishes of electric scooters came true and Lexi got her dolly and stoller and high chair she has been eye balling for the last 6 months.  The boys got ripsticks and both have mastered the use of them. 

Christmas Eve

I love Christmas Eve, almost more than I love Christmas.  To me Christmas Eve is perfect.  Last minute running around, planning of whatever you want to do, stores close early, you can see the magical in the air.  I just love it.  I love traditions of Christmas Eve and I love the anticipation of whats to come.

We have the tradition of jammies on Christmas Eve and I love it.  I never ever want this tradition to go away.  My kids all know what it is, but they still get excited over it.