Before I get started, I just want to say that we enjoyed the few Christmas cards we received this year. It seems we get fewer and fewer each year, but then I totally understand that because I don't actually mail out Christmas cards anymore, either. Instead I've truly entered the age of electronics, and now "do" our Christmas card here on my blog. And I've enjoyed reading the "Christmas card blogs" that many of you also did! It certainly simplifies a part of the very busy Christmas season to be able to do it this way! So, even though you can't put these cards up on your wall, I am all for the convenience of doing them this way. With that being said, here I am sending ours out AFTER Christmas! However, this has been a crazy and tumultuous few months for us, and if it weren't for that fact that I CAN do our cards this way, you probably wouldn't even be getting one at all. And there will be a LOT more pictures than I could fit in a card! :) So here we go....
The year started on a happy note with Rachel turning "sweet 16".
And then, on the very same day, our world suddenly turned upside down. I was shopping for Rachel's birthday dinner when I got the call. I remember feeling like suddenly I was in this horrible surreal dream that I would soon wake up from. Unfortunately this wasn't a dream, but all too real, so we made plans to drive to northern California for the funeral and just a few days later started the long drive up there.
|My daughters and a friend comforting my niece, Lexi.|
It was a beautiful funeral with lots of great remembrances of my brother. Some that made us laugh and some that made us cry. He would have loved it! The girls and I sang "I Can Only Imagine", one of my brother's favorite songs and I even learned things about my brother and the impact he had on so many people's lives that I had never known before. Finally it was time to go home and even that turned into a drama filled trip with some heavy rain and then snow! We barely made it through Cajon Pass (Grapevine was already closed before we got there). We were glad to get back home to sunny Arizona!
|Hannah - Rachel - Sarah|
|Rachel the "maid"|
|Sarah the "caterer"|
|Rachel the "jitterbug"|
|Cast party and also celebrating Sarah's brithday.|
|The Young Continentals|
|Lu and me|
|Bummed to see our friends leaving.|
We also experienced another loss in August... our church home and family. It was heart breaking, and I learned a HUGE lesson regarding judging others. I pray that I will NEVER do to someone else, what was done to us. It STILL hurts so very much! And that's all I'm going to say.
September was also the month that we got the devastating news that our mortgage lender did not accept the pending offer on our house so that we could short sell it. Instead they chose to foreclose, and so the process of moving out of our dream home began.
|Donna and me|
October was also a good month, as Bob finally got a job and started working full time. Yes!
|Our current home|
|Hannah the "parrot"|
|Look at all those arms!|
|Dressed up & ready to go to Bob's company Christmas party|
|Hannah (14) Sarah (19) Rachel (16)|