December 31, 2014

Most Memorable Moments of 2014

For everything, there is a season.
And a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born, a time to die.
A time to laugh, a time to cry.
A time to build up, a time to break down.
A time to plant, a time to reap.
A time to cast away, a time to keep.
A time to dance, a time to mourn.

Those words come from Ecclesiastes 3 (not in that particular order), and reflecting back on the last two years, I can see how true they are.The transition from 2013 to 2014 was rough-- with our family dealing with sickness and loss. Yet, with all that difficulty that was only a season. Twenty fourteen has taken my family and I to a different season in life. The season of laughter, dancing, gaining, building up, birth, and reaping. Through prayer, faith, and family we're able to look back fondly at 2014 and recognize that it was a year of blessings.

Here are some of our most memorable moments of 2014:

10. Gardening for Dummies
      This year I attempted a garden for the first time. It took a lot of help from family to make it happen (as well as a lot of hoeing,tilling, and patience). While not as successful as I had hoped, it marked the beginning of my-so-called farmer life.
Dad teaching me how to use the tiller.
Planting marigolds around the garden's border.
My tomatoes before they were eaten
(and not by me but wildlife).
                                                 



Cucumbers and lettuce were my best harvest.

9. We're Going to the Chapel... and going, and going...
       Two thousand fourteen brought a lot of weddings. Our refrigerator was decorated with one save the date after another.  Wedding season began in March with our good friend Samantha and ended in November with her sister (and also my friend) Brittany. While pregnancy caused some complications for us to be able to attend all of the weddings this year, we did get to attend a few. So, congratulations to all my newly married friends and family (Wells, Browns, Morrisons, Matlocks, Muses, and Belchers!) and know that we're praying for a long and loving marriage!
At my friend Samantha's bridal shower (March 2014).

My cousin Zac's wedding (July 2014)
8. Aloha
     Speaking of pregnancy complicating things. When Walter and I booked our trip to Hawaii in July, we had no idea that my pregnancy symptoms would kick in full throttle causing me to gag even at the name of Hawaii for months afterward. While I still don't have warm fuzzy memories, I can at least admit it was memorable. (Instead of trying to block it out of my mind.) Even though I don't know if I'd ever go back, I have to admit the scenery was spectacular.









7. We Went Gothic
     After we had owned our home for a year, I had these ideas for a first year homeowner photo shoot. Some were just too elaborate to pull of, but this photo just worked. Plus, I'm pretty sure it got more likes than anything I ever posted on Facebook.

It was really hard to keep a straight face by
the way.
 6. Crossing the Finish Line     Also in the spring, I finally ran my first 5K! I say my first 5K, because Walter ran track and cross country in high school so this was nothing new to him. The race was a color run held in our small town to raise money and awareness for child abuse. It was a lot of fun. Even though we didn't place, we did get interviewed by WYMT news immediately after crossing the finish line. The interview still makes us laugh with embarrassment to this day.



5. Snow Day
    You may wonder why this is so memorable. I had waited for a big snow all winter, and, one February day, it finally happened. Unfortunately, we had to beat the clock because the temps soared to 50 degrees-- quickly melting our winter wonderland. With limited time, we made a snow day bucket list and did everything we wanted to do from building a snowman to sledding before it disappeared.



4. Class Dismissed
     After two years of some enjoyable and some not so enjoyable courses, I finally got my Master's Degree! I'm pretty sure we celebrated the occasion at least three times.

3. The Reconstruction Era Finally Arrived
     This was the year we were able to start rebuilding! First the basement posts were replaced. Then the walls and headers were rebuilt. Soon after, we had new gutters, plumbing and windows. Simply put, we were finally gettin' stuff done.







2. Nephew after Nephew


Baby Smith

Baby Wahlstedt
Last year, Walter and I were an uncle and an aunt to our precious niece. That changed this past July, when my brother and sister in law had their second child-- a little boy. Then, this December, his brother and our sister in law had their first son. It's exciting-- especially considering...









1. Baby Wahlstedt
    ... this year we found out we are having a boy, too! And all within months of each other. Yes, this July, we found out we were expecting our first child. He's already loved,  not only by us, but also our family. This Christmas, he already received some presents and he isn't even here yet! (People are already thinking about you little one.) We can't wait to meet him, so bring on 2015!

Our baby--coming this March!

Happy New Year!

2 comments :

  1. What a beautiful summary of 2014. Come on 2015 and my new little grandson!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congrats on the baby boy. You have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award.
    for more detail go here http://simplyfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-liebster-award.html

    ReplyDelete