Yesterday morning while I was on my run, I began reflecting on this past 12 months and how much has happened in our lives. We have certainly been blessed - blessed by friends, loving family, amazing children, safe travels, a successful home remodel, and so much more.
It has been a long, long time since I've written a blogpost, as I mostly update friends and family with pictures through texting or posting on facebook. I want to catalog this past year, and figured a blog post would be the best avenue. I hope you enjoy this update :-)
This year has truly been life-changing for the better. After coming to the realization that our family is complete, I decided in February of 2012 that I wanted to get as healthy as possible, so that I can care for our children the best that I can. I began working out and eating better. One year ago, at the end of June, I added some natural supplements to complement my exercise and healthy eating. I have truly been blessed by these supplements: the energy I now have, weight I have lost and friends I have made along the way. From June to December, I lost 36 pounds and 26 inches. I now sleep better than ever, have more energy and feel great! I have improved my overall health and am now able to give it what it truly needs through the food and drink choices I make, as well as the natural supplements I take. It's still exciting to look at our before and after picture below.
Yesterday we celebrated Jacob Thomas turning 3 years old. He is certainly not a baby anymore. He is a funny, easy-going, special little man! His favorite color is orange and he loves to play with cars. He potty trained himself a few months ago and is growing up way too fast.
|My precious friend, Danielle, ran the race with me. Here we are with 7 of our 8 children!|
|Colby participated in PSIA competition this past February in Mathematics, Number Sense and Maps, Charts and Graphs. He qualified for State in Number Sense and competed at TCU in April!|
|St. Andrew's Church|
I've been the assistant music director at our church for about 10 years and this Christmas, I co-led a group of musicians from our church to Italy for a pilgrimage. This was the 3rd Italy pilgrimage I've helped with for our music department. We were able to take Colby, Abigail and Isaiah with us on the trip. We saw many beautiful churches and sites as we traveled through the country side. I am so very thankful for being able to use my gift of music at our church. Our programs have exploded over the past many years and this past year, thanks to so many volunteers we were able to have 4 children's choirs since we had over 100 kids involved! I also lead the youth choir and handbell choir. Here's a link to the write up in the local paper about the trip: http://amarillo.com/lifestyle/faith/2013-01-25/haynes-st-thomas-parishioners-visit-catholicisms-overseas-roots
|St. Peter's Square, Vatican City|
|Christmas at home before heading to Italy.|
I am truly grateful for the friends and family we are surrounded by, our four beautiful children that challenge and amaze us daily, the health that we have been blessed with, our children's school that has taught them so much about truly showing God's love to others, Dan's wonderful family construction business, my job serving others with music at church, our whole family's love of music, our church, and the list goes on.
I feel our future is much brighter with the healthier lifestyle we are now leading - able to better care for our children, ourselves, our marriage, serve others, and our families.