Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year/ New Beginnings

As I was driving back with my six children from vacation at my Mom and Sister's houses, I almost burst out crying. I felt overwhelmed with thankfulness on this day. The very, FIRST day of the new year of 2015. I have been so busy getting through all of our Christmas and New Year's family traditions that I hadn't slowed down long enough to process all that God has done for us.

 (I ran across these verses a days back and couldn't help but think how true God's Word is!)

 Lily at her Christmas program! She was so sick all week, but the doctor cleared her to participate just in time. She couldn't wait to sing us her songs and show us her moves.

 Josh and Marcus pretending they are cool shepherds as they are getting ready for the Christmas tractor parade.

Shows how much Marcus has grown in one year!

Josh getting warmed up for a game. He is the one in the middle.

As basketball starts in full swing, we are going into it with a good attitude. We probably have around 45 more games to go between four kids. I love watching them play though. Each year they improve so much and it is really exciting to see them grow not just as athletes, but as friends and teammates.
 Lily in her new Christmas dress.

 During Christmas Vern and Ethel (Steve's folks) were able to come and join us. It is always good to have them over!

Jacob is really into reading. Here he is reading with Nana Diana, the Christmas story out of Luke before we opened our presents.

Lily got a pretend straightner. She decided to use it on Santa's beard. Too cute!

As we begin the new year, Steve will be getting promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in just a few days. So proud and excited for him! He has been waiting for this promotion for a very long time. The extra pay will help pay for things like Jessica's braces, and fun stuff like that. I know he will do such a good job. I enjoy listening to all of his dreams and plans of how he would like to make his shift run smoothly. He has been the head of his shift for several months, but it will be so nice that is is official.

Andrew pretending he was a baby again on my lap. and Jessica pretending Cuddles the Cat is her baby. She is practicing for when her Aunt has hers in May. Sometimes we just like to be silly!

We are getting really involved in our church and it has been so wonderful getting to know more of the church members on a more intimate level. I just became a deaconess and am soooo excited to be able to be plugged in and serving. Steve is teaming with another member to help with the grounds maintenance.  We are looking at ways our children can help too. Can't wait to see what God is going to do with our little church this year!

(Jackie and I's kids lined up to get some Chinese food in Mom's kitchen. Oldest to youngest. They are like little stair steps. Jackie's are easy to spot because they have red hair!)

 Josh is still going out with his girlfriend, Evie, whom we love dearly. She seems to love our children as well and has a quick smile and a great sense of humor. She treats Josh so good and he is turning out to be quite a romantic young man. They are pretty cute to watch!
(Here is Josh ice skating. The only thing he was lamenting about was that Evie wasn't there to skate with)
(The girl cousins waiting to see the ultrasound)

Back to my sister, Jackie. My mom, Jessica, Lily, Hailey (my niece), and I were able to go see Jackie's ultrasound for her baby. Oh, it was such a gift! To see a little baby bouncing all over in her womb. I know she is a little shell-shocked to find out that she was pregnant after trying for seven years, but this Auntie is beyond excited!!!! What a fun girl's outing!

Mom took the kids ice skating yesterday. They were having so much fun even though it was 19 degrees out!. Josh and Jess seem to be naturals.  Lily had a hard time with her training skates. 

Yikes, this is a really random post! At least I got it up. Happy New Year everyone!

Over and out!


Camille said...

Such a lovely post my friend. Happy New Year to you!! SO excited about Jackie's baby...what a sweet surprise. Hugs, Camille

aimee said...

Great family photos Stacie! God IS good. Blessings to you and yours this new year.

Catherine said...

This was a nice reminder of some of the events that shaped, and are shaping, your life today, Stacie! I love you to pieces and am so delighted to hear about good things, wonderful things, and surprising things. You are the best!!!

Becky L. said...

What a fun blog post!!! I cried when I was reading your scriptures you highlighted!!! Our year ended happily by Megan landing a part time job at our local library. Two days a week to start! She has been without a good job for awhile. God is good! We just wait on His promises to his children!!Love the photo of yours and Jackies children...they are growing up! I have some fun ones to share as well....when I have time this weekend! Hugs and Happy New Year!!!!

Jen said...

Congrats to Steve on the promotion. Best wishes to you and your family for the new year.

Nadine said...

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Thank you for coming up for a visit! We had so much fun :) It was such a treat to be able to have a "girls date" with the ultrasound. Thank you for your generous gift for our baby, too. It was so much appreciated! I'm so excited for Steve's promotion and for you becoming a deaconess. You're perfect for the job!

Wanting What I Have said...

Loved reading all of this! Soooooo excited for your sister! And cannot believe how GROWN UP your kiddos are!!! Happy New Year!

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