It’s been an odd year. I can’t say we’ll be sad to see it go. It feels like we woke up in a time wrap of some kind on January 1st 2014 and I keep expecting to wake up any minute. We’ve had our joys and sorrows this year, probably more than any other in the 11 year history of our little family. With heavy hearts we said hello and goodbye to our daughter, Paxton, born sleeping at 19 weeks in November. We had been waiting until the gender ultrasound to announce the pregnancy, so you didn’t miss any big announcement. She was perfect and beautiful and we are blessed to call her one of our children. We did have some happy events this year. Our daughter Meghan showed jog/trot for the first time (she had been in lead line before this) and was a champ! She even got a few blue ribbons this year! Teagan is our little artist – we could hand her any kind of medium and she will sit for hours, drawing and painting. Her favorite subject right now is her sister Paxton, who she loves to draw as she imagines her in heaven. It’s heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. Colin has really grown up this year and turned 10(!) in September. That kid is going to be an entrepreneur of some sort. He is always starting up a new business here at the house – whether it’s a store, a hotel or a lego building business. We never know what he will show us next! Kian & Griffin are 4 now, and are really a joy to have in our family. They are very much like their dad and are always up for a new adventure. They are still impossible to tell apart unless their necklaces are on, or if they are writing (Kian seems to favor his left hand more and Griffin prefers to write with his right.) Quinn is the entertainer of the family. Whatever he is doing you can be sure it’s a performance. He’s got an infectious smile and my mom says her reminds her of my Uncle Glen (who everyone adores). The big news for my husband is that he decided to go back to school to get his helicopter pilot license! He had taken airplane lessons back in college, but ran out of money before he could finish his license. It hasn’t been easy and it’s been a lot slower than we had originally thought, but he should finish up in the next week! I’m thrilled for him and we can’t wait for him to take us flying!
As usual we spent a lot of time camping this year and traveled a bit. Our big vacation was to Myrtle Beach this past April, which was wonderful. We had decided to stay closer to home this year to use our boat more and kept it up at Cayuga Lake. Many weekends this summer we were up there camping. It’s always wonderful to spend time as a family and we do a lot of it. As you can imagine, Christmas was bittersweet this year, having just lost our little girl. The kids really are our joy and we can’t imagine life without them.
I have been cutting way back on my photography work, trying to keep my head above water. I’m grateful for the break because otherwise this past fall would have been overwhelming as far as work goes. As it was I felt like I had too much on my plate, but I guess that’s to be expected when you’re juggling so many balls in the air. Next year I’m planning on cutting back even more to focus on my art projects. If there’s anything this year has taught me, it’s never to look too far ahead. Planning is fine, as long as you keep an open mind and expect the unexpected. It has also taught us to live each moment, inviting in the people who bring light and letting go of some who bring negativity. These are not easy lessons by any means. If anything, this year has solidified our plans for our family and we know we’re on the right track for us.
We’ve got our fingers crossed that 2015 will be a better year, filled with love and laughter. This year has seen way too many tears. And on that note, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite pictures this year. May your 2015 be blessed and beautiful!
The 3 littles
Meg did a great job showing!
The annual Christmas PJ picture!
Winter isn’t complete until you have caught snowflakes on your tongue!
Paxton’s got a few ornaments on the tree. She’s as much our child as any of our living children and we want to always remember her.
I love that at age 10 he still sleeps with his stuffies. The bear in his arms is his “Paxton bear”, which each of the kids got and love.