Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy 2014!


Happy New Year!  On New Year’s Eve we had a few other couples and their children over for dinner.  It was a low key night and of course with a bunch of young kids no one (except the men) made it past midnight! 

The first week of the new year wasn’t great for us so we are requesting a do-over starting next week.  :) Poor Ty Ty had the first (but certainly not the last) case of strep in our house and he was miserable.


I think our whole family is ready to put 2013 behind us.  We had some amazing, wonderful times….


Ty cakeIMG_4144


But 2013 also held some of the saddest and scariest moments of our lives.


sleeping beauty

I learned a lot about myself last year.  I learned the strength of my faith, the power of prayer, the importance of family and friends, the resilience of a child, and many, many other lessons.  I think I knew most of it already – but 2013 certainly put it to the test and made it all very clear.  Would I trade it?  Yes, I would trade those sad and scary moments in a heartbeat…but since I can’t I am thankful for these life lessons.  And I am blessed that through these trials a love - a deep, true love - is stronger than ever.


Catelin- I am so sorry for all you have gone through in the last year.  I know it’s been confusing and scary and painful…but you are strong, you are fierce, and you are good.  We love you; God loves you.  2014 will be better- I promise.

God has not promised skies always blue,
flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
rest for the labor, light for the way;
Grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.
- Annie Johnson Flint
Happy 2014!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Thank you for this, Julie. You are such a wonderful woman. Of course Catelin is strong--just look at her mama! Hope to see you soon and hug your neck.

    xo, Kimberly

  2. I love this post Jules- as I do all of your posts. Happy 2014 to you. I know this year will be better for y'all, and for your sweet, sweet little Catelin.