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Wrapping Up The Year: 2018



Last year on New Year's Eve, Derek and I sat down for our traditional ringing in of the New Year by drinking sparkling cider by the tree.  We usually spend this time reflecting on the last year together, and dreaming about everything we hope the new year holds.

But I'm not going to lie, last New Year's Eve, I broke down and cried when I thought about 2018.  We had just had our last baby (as far as we have planned), and after seven years of pregnancies or new babies or the hope of new babies, I didn't know what to look forward to anymore.

There are no big exciting things on the horizon!  There is nothing left to look forward to! I thought.

This is silliness for a multitude of reasons, but as I remember how I felt last year, I think I would just give myself a gentle slap, and tell myself to stop worrying about the lack of big events on the horizon.   Even when you don't seem to have anything exciting in the near future, things have a way of changing a lot over the course of a year anyway.  This year, I think the overarching lesson has been to learn to appreciate things as they are.

Wonderful things happen in the course of a year, and sad things happen in the course of a year, and you don't necessarily see any of that coming.  You can hope and pray and plan, but in the end God knows what will happen.  "A man plans in his heart, but the Lord directs his steps."

This year, I'm calmer on New Year's Eve.  Tonight I'm going to take inventory of where they Lord has brought us this year, how He saw us through to the present, and just memorize what it's like to be in this small moment in time, on December 31st, 2018.

It will all change before next year, and that can be happy and sad.  It's best to remember that it's always both.

Now, on to the year recap!

Note: Some of these links are to photos on my Instagram account (follow here: @callienicole7), and some are to blog posts!


January

-Georgie turned two months old at the very end of December, and I wrote about it on the blog.

-We went on a gorgeous mountain drive as a family on New Year's Day!

-I got in a lot of baby snuggles.

-We started homeschooling again after Georgie was born and I started to find my rhythm.

-I started attending my local Community Bible Study and reconnected with a lot of ladies I knew as a teenager.

-We went to our local stock show and bought the kids some new heavy-duty farm toys that they still love!

-We visited our local "insect zoo" with friends!

-Georgie turned three months old.  We found out that she wasn't gaining weight because she wasn't getting enough milk from me, and we started supplementing with formula.  I tried really hard to get my milk supply up, to no avail.  Georgie, obvious to my struggles, laughed and discovered her hands this month!

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February

-Derek started swimming lessons with the big kids, which gave me some nice time with the littles!

-Wyatt turned 7 years old!

-The Lord started to convict me about evangelism.

-We celebrated Valentine's Day and I took a bunch of cute pictures of the kids.

-We took the kids bowling for the first time for our friends' 30th birthday party!

-I started to realize that there are other moms in this small town.  What do you know?

-Georgie turned four months old!  We figured out she had a lip AND tongue tie and took her in to get those clipped.  We discovered her love for toys.

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March

-Georgie turned five months old.  She started to chunk up quite a bit!

-We made slime for the first time.

-We visited our dear friends on their ranch - a yearly tradition that we all love so much!

-We colored Easter eggs.

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April

-We celebrated our first Easter with Georgie!

-We booked our vacation for North Carolina in May.

-Gwen got her first haircut!

-We went on a field trip to our local railroad museum, and the kids had a wonderful time!

-Clyde turned four years old!

-I only spent $200 on groceries for the month.

-Georgie turned six months old.  I quit nursing her right around her month birthday.  It was especially sad for me this time because I would have gone longer, but my milk supply was just giving out.

-I introduced Wyatt to microbiology.  It was an exciting day.

-I injured my knee!  I had knee surgery after Wyatt was born and didn't have any problems since then, but I pushed a little too hard at the gym one day and ended up tearing my meniscus (just a baby tear). I hobbled around on crutches for a week.

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May

-There were a couple wild fires and the air smelled like smoke.  It was unsettling.


-We visited my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in North Carolina for the first time in years!  It was a wonderful vacation. (I just realized I never shared photos on my blog! Sheesh. Lots of pictures on Instagram though.)

-Georgie turned 7 months old!

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June

-We continued at the church we started attending in 2017, and really started to make some friends in our Sunday School class and enjoy the fellowship there!

-We went on lots of hikes.

-I made a bunch of summer plans after we got back from vacation!  I found out some disturbing news about Nancy Drew.

-We went antique hunting.

-I read in the hammock.

-Derek planned a birthday party for me!  We celebrated my 30th birthday with family and friends, and it was lovely.

-I reflected on nearly 10 years of blogging, and why I think it's still worth it.

-I tried making my own body butter.  Update six months later - I'm going to try a different formula.  Too greasy.

-I bought a grain mill.  It's not as weird as it sounds.

-The Lord really started working on me with contentment with where I live.

-I turned 30 years old!  It wasn't a big deal at all.  30 is great!

-Georgie turned 8 months old and started eating purees and sitting up really well!

-We visited my grandma and grandpa at their cabin, and they took the kids fishing for the first time!

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July

-We celebrated Georgie's first fourth of July!

-We found a house we liked and put in an offer, which was soundly rejected.  Weirdly (and ironically, as you'll come to see if you keep reading) it made me more content with our little house.  I started my home tour series.

-We put up a hummingbird feeder and thoroughly enjoyed watching our little feathered friends.

-Gwen started ballet with her cousins!

-I got this cool metal print of one of our vacation photos, and shared about how and why I decorate with family photos.

-I started homeschool planning, and found so many great resources - I was so organized!  I shared here.

-We celebrated our ten year anniversary!  We visited a lovely restaurant and farm to celebrate (the restaurant closed this year, so I'm glad we went one more time).

-We caught a couple $1 movies.

-Georgie turned nine months old!  She got her first tooth!

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August

-We made the most of the last bit of summer!  I shared about all our fun summer things here and here.

-We let the kids camp on the porch.

-We had a couple campfires.

-Derek and I watched our show on the porch with twinkly lights.

-I pulled up a ton of thistles - yuck!

-We took the kids to see Christopher Robin in the theaters.

-We went on a big "last hoorah for summer" camping trip!

-We kicked the school year off with donuts!

-Georgie turned 10 months old!

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September

-Wyatt started soccer as his first sport!

-I was very vague and mysterious in my September currently post, and that is because we put in an offer on a new house and it was accepted!  It was a whirlwind.  We weren't really expecting to move (see July note about contentment), but a house came up that we LOVED, and the Lord worked it out for us!

-Derek and I took a (late) trip to celebrate our ten-year anniversary together!  We decided to go to Seattle, and it was a great choice.  If I didn't live here, I might want to live there - we loved it!  The photos in these posts are well worth the extra clicks, I assure you - it was beautiful!
Permit Me To Gush (Pike Place - Seattle Part One)
Ferries And Lakes And Orcas Oh My (Seattle Part Two)

-I finally shared about our new house!  And that it had pink carpet.

-Georgie turned 11 months old!  Amidst all the house and trip craziness I forgot to post for her ten month update (and accidentally deleted her ten month pictures - I might have cried a little about it!), so I did her 10th and 11th month updates together here.

-Clarice turned 3 years old!


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October

-Moving month!  Inspections went through, and I put off packing to the very last minute.

-I took Georgie's one year old photos amid the fall splendor.

-I was crazy and decided to do a writing prompt series, so I was surprisingly prolific on the blog.  You can read the posts I wrote about "How I Handle It" here.

-We celebrated Georgie's first birthday party in the old house, the last party we had there.  It was a donuts and pumpkins themed birthday party, and it was adorable!

-Said goodbye to our old house with a bunch of pictures and ceremony.

-Moving day was October 25th and 26th!  We moved most things into the garage because our house needed a lot of work.  We had the painters and carpet people scheduled for that very first week in the house.

-Georgie turned one year old!  I totally didn't take a 12 month photo with her bunny stuffed animal, because we moved right before her birthday and all that stuff was packed up.  But I did write her a lovely birthday letter, so I'm counting that.  We celebrated her actual birthday the week we moved into our new house!

-We spent a lot of time at McDonald's while the house was worked on.

-We played in leaves.

-We also squeezed in some Reformation Day fun!

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November

-Lots of house renovations!  I wrote about everything we accomplished here.

-We voted.

-Lots of unpacking.

-Some things went down at church and our dear Pastor left (second pastor we've lost in two years).  We're honestly still sad and stressed about the whole thing.

-We celebrated our first real holiday in the house - Thanksgiving!

-We decorated for Christmas!

-I went Black Friday shopping for the first time in years and got ALL my Christmas shopping done!  I felt very accomplished. I also bought myself a couple things.

-I decided to go on a Facebook break for the month of December, which I mostly kept.  I was forced to break it a couple times, but overall I've really been enjoying being off Facebook!

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December

-We took a break from home renovations to just enjoy Christmas together!  I wrote a Christmas list for Derek.

-We visited Santa (Georgie didn't like it).

-We made gingerbread houses with our friends from church!

-Derek bought us tickets to see A Christmas Carol!  We went with my sister and her husband as a double date!

-We went to a Christmas parade.

-We went to a Christmas light trail, which was beautiful (Georgie especially loved it).

-We surprised Derek at work and decorated his office for Christmas!

-I got my teeth whitened with Zoom at the dental office - it was an interesting experience.  Full video on Instagram.

-Got our new school area set up before we went on Christmas break!

-The kids were part of a living nativity at co-op and it was so cute!

-We got sick a lot, and I lost my voice.

-Lots of baking. 

-We went around to meet all the new neighbors right before Christmas, bearing Christmas candy!  Helpful hint: If you bring your neighbors a Christmas card or present, the best night to go is December 23rd.  People are usually home on December 23rd, before the Christmas rush.

-Enjoyed our first Christmas in the new house!  It was a lovely day.  We also put in a little more effort to the kids' "together presents" this year, and it paid off (play kitchen and Hot Wheels track were a hit!).

-Celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom's, and the day after Christmas with Derek's family!

-Celebrated Gwen and Derek's birthday on the 27th!

-I took Gwendolyn to get her ears pierced for her 6th birthday!  She's been asking for months and was so excited!  She looks so grownup now!

-Celebrated New Year's Eve (today) by cleaning the house in preparation for our official housewarming on New Year's Day!

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That's a wrap!





My Darling Gwen, You Are Five.



Dear Gwen,

I'm sitting here on the evening of your fifth birthday to write this letter.  I can't believe you are five years old!  You have grown before my eyes in so many ways this year, and I see your unique personality coming out more day by day.

My favorite thing about you right now is how much you love to laugh.  

You are constantly making jokes or coming up with funny games to play with your brothers and sisters, and I often hear your laugh ringing through the house (or the car).  You are such a little extrovert, but at the same time, when you are in a new environment you can be pretty shy, with just a quiet smile on your face. 

Something you seem to be especially good at is any gymnastic-type activities.  You'll come running into the kitchen and ask me to come watch you, and then you'll flip upside down and backwards off the bed, or do an almost-cartwheel, or prop yourself up against something into a "head stand".  You love to dance, especially if it's like a ballerina.  I bought you a book this year with ballet positions in it, and you ask me to put on music so you can practice your "skeels".

I would be remiss if I didn't take a chance here to mention your memory.  You remember the words to an impressive amount of songs for a five year old.  You even know the words to songs I don't know (thanks to Dad listening to old '80's songs in the car with you!).  Lately I've been able to watch you apply your memory skills to Bible verses and catechism questions, and it gives me so much joy to hear you hiding God's word and truth in your heart.

Almost every morning I come upstairs to find you drawing something, or creating something out of paper.  It's like you just have all this creativity bundled up inside you, waiting for a quiet minute when it can bubble over.  I can't wait to see everything you make and do with that creativity, Sweetheart.

Whenever I ask someone to grab us a book to read, you are the first to jump up and pick one out.  It is fun to see what kinds of books you gravitate toward, because I realize that they are the same types of books I loved when I was a girl.  You've been asking to learn to read, and I am so excited to share all my favorite books with you as you grow!  We are going to have so much fun with kindergarten this year.

One of the sweetest character traits I see you developing is your eagerness to help.  I can't even remember a time when I asked for your help and you weren't completely happy to do the task.  I especially love to see the way you have jumped into helping your little siblings with both feet.  You love being a big sister, and you've been such a help and joy to me since we added the baby this year.  You have such a giving heart, and you do every task with a cheerfulness that amazes me. I could learn a lot from you, my sweet darling.  God truly gave me a wonderful gift when He gave me you, and I am so blessed to have the privilege of being your mom.  

I love you always,  

Mama


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