Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! and 2014 Recap

Oh my goodness I can't believe it's 2015!  Happy New Year, folks!  (it's not too late to say that, right?!).  2014 was such an amazing year, I just wanted to share a bit of what happened, all in one post.  This one is long, but there are lots of pics.  So it should be fun :)

In January Josh passed his state board exam to officially become ... a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.  Yay!  Two and a half years in the making, this was such an accomplishment for him and a sigh of relief for all of us.

At the end of the month, we spent about a week down in FL visiting family and Mickey Mouse.

In February we found out our little belly baby was a girl!

And we added another member to the family, of the four-wheeled type.

In March Josh started his new job.  Micah and I took a trip to PA to visit family and celebrate my dad's birthday.

At the end of May we celebrated the upcoming arrival of my first nephew.  Fun times, good memories.

Eli on the left ... Jocelyn on the right.

At the end of June our sweet Jocelyn Evie arrived.  She was 8 lb. 8 oz., just as the midwife predicted!  To say she is a blessing would be a huge understatement.  She is light and sweetness and love personified.

Here we are on July 4th.  Sleep deprived but happy.

On July 22 we celebrated 8 years of marriage.  Crazy.  With a 3 week old though, we decided to forego the traditional PF Chang's celebratory dinner and made fondue at home instead.  Still a good time.

In August Micah started PreK 3 at a local Christian school.  It has been so great for him and I am so thankful the Lord led us to that school.

At the end of August my little sister started her first teaching job - 3rd grade at a local elementary school.  So strange for me to see her all grown up.  Last time I checked she still wasn't allowed to use the oven by herself ...

In mid-September my brother-in-law and sister-in-law welcomed their firstborn, Eli Oliver, into the world.  It's been so fun having two babies in the family!

At the end of October, Josh turned 29.  He requested funfetti cake, as always.

Happy Birthday to his Royal Beardness

November 8th we celebrated Evie's second birthday with cupcakes.  I boxed some up to share with family and close friends.  It was simple, special, and sweet.

Thanksgiving was great as we looked back over to the previous Thanksgiving.  Last November we were right on the edge of an ending (a hard 2013, Josh's schooling being over), and looking forward to what we anticipated would be a really great year (new baby, new job).  We had a lot to be thankful for and our hearts were full.

December wasn't quite as crazy as last year, but still pretty busy.  I think I'll just need to surrender to the fact that Decembers will always be nuts haha.

We took a trip to PA to visit family - sort of a Christmassy trip.  It was so nice to see everyone again and let them meet Joci.

Joci loving on Aunt Ruth

A week later I turned 29 (eek!).  Last lap of my twenties people!   Anyway, we celebrated by going to the graduation dinner for the current graduating class of Josh's alma mater (he's now adjunct faculty there).  It was really nice to sit at the, as one student jokingly called it, the "been there, done that" table.  Haha.  It definitely felt good!  The next night Josh took me to Carrabba's.  If you have never been, go there.  Now.  And order the Pasta Carrabba.  You will not be sad that you did that.

About a week later my brother-in-law (the one who just had a baby), graduated from the Police Academy.  We are so proud of him.

The next day, Micah turned 4.  Oh my goodness my sweet big guy.  I love him so much.

The day after that was my brother-in-law's Police Academy graduation party.  Good food and good celebrating a good man.

Then it was Christmas.

And we always have two days of celebrating because we have two families here in the area.  I don't mind ... two days of feasting, two days of gifting, two days of good times.  Not too shabby.

And 2014 ended with a great night of being with those we love and looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer.  Lord willing, it will be another great year.


  1. Oh my goodness. It deleted my last paragraph of a comment!

    -- wow! I was seriously out I breath from reading all of December's events! Is that weird?!? Lol

    It has been such an extraordinary year. Lots of new beginnings and answered prayers! Thanks for taking such great care of us this year. <3

    1. Haha phew!!
      We're happy to ... it's what we're here for <3