What a year this has been! Full of ups and downs, but constant in great family, good friends, and loving service. As we reflect on the year our hearts are honestly filled with gratitude for everything that we have been blessed with. I am not much of a decorator, but this year I tried to get more in the Christmas Spirit by doing a better job making it feel like Christmas in our home. Our decorations were not much, but they were the most I've ever done:) Here are some pics of my attempts:
Britton is growing like a weed and getting more and more cute each day. He is our joy and our purpose in all that we do. I am so grateful for a good husband that understands and takes seriously his role as a father. Jeremy has been busy on his break from school making laminated cut outs for our family home evening lessons. It has been fun to watch him work so hard in an attempt to help Britton learn the basics of the gospel. It makes me happy to know that he and I are a team in teaching Britton. He is a fantastic father and I couldn't ask for a better husband.
Our greatest blessing this year came about in the latter end of the year. Jeremy and I have been trying to have a another baby for 18 months. The last 10 months have included month after month of medications and doctor's appts. It has been stressful and hard. Our last treatment included an HCG shot which is by far the most miserable I have ever been. The side effects were awful and not conducive to making a baby;) We are grateful to announce, however, that it was all worth it. We are pregnant and very excited about it. We found out on my birthday and it was by far the best present I have ever received. We had our 12 week appointment this week and it appears that all is well. Baby B version 2.0 is due in July and we could not be happier. I like to credit our success to the magic of Disneyland, but Jeremy tells me that is very inappropriate and that I shouldn't share that with others. I don't think he'll mind if I blog about it though:) I am beyond excited for Britton to have a sibling. He knows that the baby is in mommy's tummy, but I don't think he has any idea what that means. His little world is going to be turned upside down and I hope that he adjusts well!
I may joke about the magic of Disney, but I do know where our blessings come from. I am so grateful to my Savior. Throughout this journey He has been by my side comforting me, reassuring me, and teaching me. This Christmas season I felt His love in greater abundance and it is my hope that I can live up to the blessings He has given me. I pray that I can raise my children to be good citizens and loyal servants of the Lord. I pray that I can become the person God wants me to become and serve others the way He would want me to. I don't know what I would do without my faith, my husband, and my family. They are everything to me and I am so thankful for all that we have. May the Spirit of Christmas always live in our hearts and may we always give thanks for tender mercies of our Savior! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!