Wow.... a year and a half has gone by. Many, many things have changed in my life since Thanksgiving 2008. Lots of family changes. Lots of job changes. Lots of changes in our world as well. 2009 was probably one of the best years in my life as well as the absolute worst year.
I am going to skip over January 2009 to July 2009 because without planning this wedding, it would have been a very hard time. God always has a plan. Let's talk about the good.
Lindsey and Carr got married! Wow! What a wonderful blessing! Lindsey was an absolute perfect daughter to plan a wedding with. It was fun planning and one of the best days of our lives on June 19th, 2009!! It was such a sweet time with our family, our new "Smith" family and our sweet friends! I will post about the wedding with pictures soon!! Welcome to our family! We love you Carr Smith!
My neice, Kristin married in August and became Mrs. Chad Haning at a beautiful wedding!
My nephew, Justin became engaged to Brandi soon after! We are waiting on that date for another wedding.
More of God's plan was for me to make a grade change from 3rd to Kindergarten! WOW!! What a perfect change! I didn't know what I was going to have! I absolutely love my job again. It is the best thing ever! I laugh again every day... most all the day! Today I was reading a book, Move Over Rover! One cutie pie who keeps me laughing said, "Holy Moly!! This is a crazy book!!" How can you not enjoy teaching with this kind of response??!! Like I said, God has a plan!
Brady is in his senior year at Oklahoma State! Yippeeeee! It has been a great time. He has been blessed with great friends. He went to Haiti this past November on the same mission trip that Lindsey and I went on. He has a new love for Haiti too! He was going back for Spring Break 2010! Then, the earthquake. WOW... the world now knows where Haiti is and our heart is with those precious people, especially the children. The trip was cancelled... and now it is back on. In 3 weeks, Brady will be back in Haiti and prayers will be needed. Alex and I are going on a trip the same week for a really unique mission trip in Mexico. I will be still praying for Brady across the gulf in Haiti.
Christmas came and went. Spent a wonderful holiday with my family, our new son-in-law and friends! Life is good. Don't understand the twists and turns. But I keep having to believe, God has a plan. While 2010 has turned out to be very unique with weather, earthquakes, friends, jobs and learning to trust... God has a plan. Got to keep looking at Jeremiah 29:11, "for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for hope and a future." I have had to look to Jesus many times through out 2009 and just ask so many questions. Don't know and understand the answers, but I guess just learning to trust. It is hard when others think one thing, and the Lord tells you to be quiet... don't say anything. I will take care of you. I know he will, just patience is not one of my best qualities. The lord gave me the best, most precious husband in the world, an even better family and the most loyal friends in the world. Thank you God for loyalty and trust, even when we don't understand what the heck this is all this about, and God tells you to be quiet. (never have been good at that!!)
I just know, life is good.