With 2014 coming to a close, I feel like I need to take the time to express my gratitude for such an amazing year. It’s been a year of MANY firsts for me and my family. Not all of them necessarily pleasant, but the majority of them were wonderful.
Our first first of the year was finding out we were going to finally be grandparents! Such exciting and thrilling news. We have waited for so long to be able to claim that title…. we were thrilled! In fact, I was so excited, I had to blog about it.
The next exciting first came when we moved into our brand new home in February. There were plenty of hoops we had to jump through to make it happen, but thanks to generous in-laws and their help, we were able to make that move before we closed on our condo. Though moving is stressful…. it was a thrill to move into a brand new home. As I said…. a first for us. Though we had moved several times prior to that, it was always into an existing home. It was so fun to be able to pick and design the interior of our home. Though stressful in many ways…. it was worth the struggle. I’m so grateful to be here and to be in such a great area with great neighbors.
I also celebrated a few 1 year anniversaries. Some good and some sad. In January, I was 1 year clean from cancer (I’m approaching that second anniversary very soon!), which was an exciting one to celebrate. 2014 was also the one year anniversary of losing my Mom. That year of firsts after losing a loved one is hard. Still miss her.
On July 29, we were blessed with the best first we could ever ask for! Our little grandson Benedict was born! I can’t even describe the joy this little boy has brought into my life. I cried tears of joy when I first met him. It’s a feeling I can’t even explain. I know I felt the same kind of joy when my own children were born…. but having posterity born is a joy that is unexplainable. He is so adorable. He’s five months old now and I could just eat him up! What a darling sweet personality. He certainly has his Grandma wrapped around his little finger. I’m as SO grateful for this gift and grateful my son and his wife brought him into our lives. Joy beyond measure.
In August, I finally gave in and had knee replacement surgery. Another first, and I’m hoping my last. My recovery for that has been a little harder than I’d hoped for…. but my physical therapist insures me that it will get better! Though I’m still struggling with rehab on the knee…. I’m still grateful I had the surgery.
At the end of September, we were thrilled when our youngest son Nate popped the question to his British sweetheart Savannah. We are so excited to add her to our family. She is a very talented young lady and her talent is what will have Nate moving to London when they get married in the Spring since she has a contract to continue as Glinda in “Wicked” on the West End. I will miss him terribly, but I’m so excited for this part of his life to finally start.
In October, we went on an impromptu cruise to the Bahamas. It was a lot of fun, and though I was only 2 months out from knee surgery, I survived fine! We had a great time with friends and got to hear some great music from our past. I wouldn’t mind cruising at least once a year. 🙂 Though it wasn’t our first cruise, it felt like it since we hadn’t cruised in years.
And finally….. we get to announce that we are going to be Grandparents once again! This time with my daughter as Momma and now we know she is having a girl! We are so excited to add a sweet little princess to our family! Since we will become full time baby sitters for this one, our daughter will be moving in with us as soon as we can get our basement finished. It will be fun to have a little one here all the time. We’ve had the opportunity of tending our cute little Benny a couple of days a week…. so tending everyday will definitely be a new experience.
It’s interesting to look back and see where this year has led us. The fact that we felt a need to sell our condo and get into a home again, as crazy as that seemed to many people….. to go from having no yard work, etc., to having 1/3 an acre to now care for is kind of nutty at our age…. but the condo just wasn’t a good fit for us in many ways. Now that our daughter needs to move in with us, it’s a good thing we did move, because she wouldn’t have been able to live with us in our condo due to ‘rules’ about having grandchildren living with you. It obvious to me now that we were being guided to where we needed to be for many reasons.
So, as this year ends, I look back with an immense amount of gratitude for where we are and what we have and what we get to look forward to. Here’s to 2015 being an even better year!
I Am Grateful! How Are You?