Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013!

With the final days upon us in 2013, it seems only appropriate to reflect on this past year. For our Semper Fi Family, this year has posed its fair share of challenges. Yet I sit here on the last day of the month and the year, I can't help but feel really grateful for where we are.

I can almost put myself right into the place I was on December 31, 2012. Alone with three kids. A husband deployed. Trying with a half heart to ring in a new year. Trying with earnest to put my mind in the right place. To think positively about the new year. I can't lie... it's on the blog afterall... but I had a rough start with my positive outlook for 2013.

I think deployment got the best of me in the first few weeks of the new year. Then I found my groove and before I knew it my husband was coming home. His medical issues were definitely not the highlight of the year. I'm so very glad we made it through. After his clear diagnosis in May, we went into overdrive with life. He decided it was time to buy a house. A decision I was very much against. But I was done having the same argument day after day and gave up my fight. I figured there were more important battles in life.  We bought a house in June and moved in July. My husband was promoted to Gunny. Soon after, I was finally employed and took a promotion 6 weeks later. Safe to say at some point things turned around.

The past couple of months have been adjusting to a new schedule. And now, at the very end of this month, this year, I feel our lives are on track. Improving. This entire year of downs and eventual ups are all blessings in my eyes. I can't help but thank God for what is most important. We are all here. Together. Healthy. And regardless of all the other amazing and extravagant things we could be experiencing... that is the most important.

I'm eager to start 2014. Eager to make my list of resolutions. We leave that for tomorrow.

Tonight we celebrate. And give thanks for everything that came our way this year.

Cheers to you my friends! Stay safe tonight as you say Goodbye 2013!

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  1. I've really enjoyed reading your blog this year as well! Excited to see what the new year has in store for your family!!

  2. Happy New Year! It's been quite the year for you guys! Love reading your blog! :)

  3. What a beautiful family Niciole. Happy New Years to you and yours! Love Merry

  4. I love all of your family photos! They turned out beautifully!
    I totally get you on having to adjust to a new schedule. I'm looking forward to starting fresh in 2014 and going from there.
    I hope you and your family have a great year!

  5. Such a beautiful family!! So glad that 2013 turned around for you! Hopefully 2014 only continues on that upward swing, and brings nothing but good times! Happy New Year!

  6. You have a beautiful family! I love your style. Happy New Year!