Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Miracles of 2014

How can you summarize a year with just one word? I have continued to ponder this over and over. So much happened in 2014. So many prayers, tears, excitement, frustration. And change. Change definitely happened in 2014. But the best word to summarize our entire year would be MIRACLE. I'm not kidding. The entire year was a miracle. So many miracles that I will forever remember.
  • Pregnancy in general is always a miracle. But mine was even more so. Heidi was meant to join our family and fought so many odds against her while I was pregnant.
  • Surviving half of the year on Casey's old salary after all overtime was cut out. I really don't know how we even lived. Truly food stretched further and utility bills were smaller than we have ever experienced. It was a miracle for sure.
  • Casey's new job is a miracle. He has an amazing boss. He loves what he is doing. He is able to commute on the train. Not to mention his salary. Sure, we could always use more money but we feel like we are back to functioning/ living normal.... not rich... just functioning. AND his new job also brought with it the much needed miracle of great health insurance benefits. Little did we know when he started the job how huge of a miracle this would become!
  • Planting an apple tree and attempting to grow a garden this year. Both were first time miracles in our new(ish) home owner lives even though neither produced hardly anything (the tree still has a few years before it should).
  • Living day in and day out with a two year old is a miracle. No joke. Some days he tries my patience further than I can stretch. Other days he cuddles with and kisses me constantly. He has changed so much in 2014!! But little kids do that.
  • And speaking of Devin, potty training is a miracle. Well... almost miracle. He still has occasional accidents.
  • Heidi's birth is a complete miracle. Modern medicine is a miracle. And all the medical staff is a miracle. Missy Moo would have died at birth if it weren't for the hospital staff and life flight. So scary at the time but seriously such a miracle.
  • Buying a car and getting a loan was a miracle. We needed a reliable car because the one car we share was starting to have problems. Its 13 years old and as few of problems as it has is a miracle too. But we also each needed our own vehicle. We were definitely guided and blessed.
  • And this doesn't even mention the day to day miracles. They happen all the time and we are so richly blessed. Waking up to two little loves. Going to sleep with a goodnight kiss from my sweetheart. Owning a washing machine and dryer. Going for walks in the double stroller. It is the day to day things, the little tender mercies, that make life worth living.
Looking back to January 1, 2014, I would have never, ever imagined all of the miracles, all of the faith building experiences, all the change, all the growth. I can't believe where we are today and the miracle it took to get here.

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