But I wanted to do SOMETHING to update people far and wide that didn't include an order from Shutterfly and $100 worth of stamps. And my brain was like, "Quick! To the blog!"
I'm like...I PAY $10 a year for the domain name! Why not make it WORK FOR ME!
True, it lacks the personal touch and sentimentality of a real life card, and I'm sure people from The Greatest Generation are rolling over in their graves, but I've included an x-ray of my dog in this whole mess so...it should be worth it. ;)
And...without further ado...I'm giving you A Very Brief 2014 Update. Love you bunches, and Happy New Year!
We'll go in order of cuteness and start with the dogs first. ;)
After 11 years on this planet, we finally managed to find a bed that Noel deemed "worthy" enough to sleep in. This was a big deal, guys... as she has much preferred any hamper, duffel bag, or storage bin over the multiple beds we've purchased for her over the years.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
She seems to have mellowed out in her old age. The highlight of her Autumn was attending a "Strut your Mutt" event with almost NO BARKING! :)
Scarlett surprised everyone at the vet when we discovered she had huge gallstones! She had minor surgery in October and has healed nicely. See if you can spot the extra amount of naughtiness in her x-ray.
Our vet was able to have her stones sent off to be analyzed in an attempt to figure out what's causing them...so whenever you are having a bad day at work, just remember somebody out there has a job that requires them to dissect my poor dogs gallstones. ;)
The Girls are a huge blessing in our lives, and we're so glad they're ours. "Dog people" unite!
Tim's business is doing well. He is, hands down, the hardest worker I know. He spent a ton of time this fall helping remodel our church's "sister campus" about 20 minutes away from our house. I think it was the most "involved" job he's ever finished, but also the most rewarding. It was the same church my grandpa (my mom's dad) helped build in the 50's, so we've truly come full circle.
God is good.
A blurry picture of new paint, lighting, and floors, among MANY other projects.
He is still busy with wood-working and various other hobbies. He built a beautiful speaker cabinet this year and plans to build more in the future.
The year held lots of changes for me on a professional level. In August, I accepted a position teaching second grade at a private, Christian School about 10 minutes away from our house. This job was truly The Lord's Plan- as I wasn't even been looking for a teaching job at the time. The students and staff have been a huge blessing, and I love teaching there.
In September, I attended The Influence Conference in Indianapolis for the second time, and loved every minute of it. It gave me the chance to meet some online friends in real life and listen to some amazing speakers.
Another highlight was attending my 10 year college reunion at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. It gave me the opportunity to see some of my favorite people on the planet, and it makes me smile just to write about it!
Twenty-Fourteen was certainly a blur. In fact, as I was writing this, I felt like August 2014 was AS FAR BACK AS MY BRAIN COULD GO...haha. No matter what, we're glad for the time we have together in our tiny, little house with a red front door. We're never sure what the future holds, but we know that God is on the throne, and He is a dad who takes care of His kids. We wish you the very best in 2015. May His peace, comfort, and joy ring true in your hearts this year.
Holly, Tim, Scarelett & Noel