our year {2014}

What a year!  I thought last year was pretty great.  What can get better than the birth of your third child?  How about a forth!  It’s CRAZY to think that we began 2013 as a family of four and are ending 2014 as a family of SIX!  Two boys in two years will do that to you!  While this year hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, it has been full of blessings and surprises.  Let’s see if I can do 2014 justice…

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This year began with uncertainty about our house.  We needed to sell to get our of our absurdly high HOA fees and the Mello Roos we were paying, but our first go around with listing our house at the end of 2013 had completely failed and left us feeling frustrated and defeated and quite hopeless.  I lived with this constant financial burden on my shoulders, feeling it every night and every morning when I woke up.  I prayed constantly and cried all the time, feeling like I couldn’t handle this burden much longer.  God sent our answer in the form of our new agent who sold our house in 6 days, getting us over asking price, and out of debt!

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Just before we sold our home, we celebrated Andrew’s first birthday with a small, but fun party in our home.  I was on a tight budget, but had fun making all the decorations, food, and desserts myself.  Poor little guy was sick, and not very full of smiles, but we still managed to have a great afternoon celebrating our boy.  It has been amazing to watch Andrew grow and change over the course of this year.  He went from a very quiet and serious baby to an energetic and hilarious toddler.  He said his first words just before his first birthday, learned to walk at about 15 months, and continues to awe us with his love, his spunk, and his energy.

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Caitlyn turned four this year and we celebrated with a small penguin party at my parents’ home just as we moved in with them to save money as we searched for our new house.  As busy as it was, and as difficult as it was to give up all of our own space, we were so grateful for this opportunity and had a very fun seven months living with Grandma and Grandpa {Eric and I especially enjoyed the added bonus of ZERO COMMUTE and the kids LOVED the pool!}.

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As if life wasn’t crazy enough, God once again showed us that HIS plan and timing are perfect.  We found out we were expecting baby number four!  Due November 30, we now had a strict deadline under which to find and move into our new home, so the search was on.

Samantha turned nine {NINE!?} in May on Mother’s Day and I celebrated this beautiful day as a Mommy of three with one on the way.

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The girls spent their seventh and second summers at Tom Sawyer Camp and Eric and I spent much of our summer and the early part of fall house hunting.  While it was fun and exciting, it was also frustrating and defeating.  We both work hard and have good jobs, yet we could not find any houses that would work for our family close to our work.  We lost out on house after house and grew more and more frustrated.  We moved our search farther away from home, finally realizing that we would have to commute for the time being, and fairly quickly found the house that turned out to be “the one.”  We closed Escrow in October, just over a month before the expected arrival of baby Ikari number 4 and moved in a couple of weeks later.  While we have the inside of the house looking pretty good {still lots of projects, but those will come in time}, the outside is a DISASTER and I’m just hoping we can fix it up even a little bit before we {hope to} host Andrew’s second birthday here in February of 2015.

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I spent the majority of 2014 pregnant, and tried to enjoy every moment of it.  I wrote about it, documented it with pictures, and thanked God for every moment of it.  Despite the stresses of house hunting and going back to work after a fun summer vacation, I found time to enjoy this precious nine months of my life, treasure every baby kick, every appointment and ultrasound, and to thank God for yet another miraculous blessing growing inside me.  Baby Boy Ikari was born 12 days early on November 18 and we named him Jacob.  I will never, ever be able to put into words the way I feel when one of my children enters the world, there is no feeling like it on Earth.  Jacob was the perfect gift for 2014  and such a happy way to end this roller coaster of a year.  Now our little {big?} family stands at an even three and three.  3 boys.  3 girls.  My heart is overflowing.

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While I began this year with so much uncertainty, I am ending this year with a full heart and a full home.  I am filled with hope for the future and excitement about what 2015 will bring.  As much as I would like to control it all and plan everything out, I trust that HE has a plan far greater than my own.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and HE will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.

Psalm 37:4-5

 

Happy New Year, friends!

Jenny

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