The year 2013 did not disappoint. I'm secretly hoping 2014 is C.A.L.M.
November 2012 - My Granny was to go into a hospice facility so she could get a bit stronger and get through the holidays without added illness.
The entire family came together for Thanksgiving and it was unbelievable. We knew the end was near and we all held each other up.
|The days before she went into hospice care. Melt my heart.|
|The family my Granny and Grandpa created.|
|Spending Thanksgiving eating popcorn. :)|
December 2011 -
|Mommy was getting healthier, one plank at a time!|
|My little Diva!|
|Love her pretty smile!|
December 28, 2012 my beautiful, caring, strong, and compassionate Granny, Bonnie Rose, earned her wings. I remember the day it happened. Mom and Joyce needed some rest so I headed up to hospice. At this point Granny was already unresponsive. We were keeping her comfortable and just waiting. I spent three hours with her that morning. I talked and cried, talked and cried. I held her hand. I told her it was time to go and be with my Grandpa and all her family. They were waiting. That same evening, with my mom and Aunt Joyce by her side, she crossed into those pearly gates. Not a day goes by where I don't think about it, want to call her for a recipe, or just think about how she would have handled a situation. She was a beautiful woman that we had to let go way too soon.
Another special sidenote: Andrea was pregnant with Astoria when my Grandfather passed in 2008. She was able to find out the gender before he passed... it was bittersweet. This time, Andrea was pregnant with Asher. We didn't yet know his gender, but we do know that Granny got to meet him before we ever did. He was blessed from the beginning.
January 2013 I decided I wanted to become a runner. I was healthy, I was getting stronger and more fit, it was time!
(In December I am going to do a whole-year recap on my running and fitness journey!)
In February I sat out to run 7 miles. I had been preparing, prepping, etc. and I was going to do it. Well, around 7:30am and around mile 3.5 I slipped off the sidewalk into a hole. I fractured my ankle. I was devastated. I had signed up for my first 10k (6.2) miles and it was in 2 weeks!!! I was determined to run that race, and I did! (I did not know I fractured my ankle until May...)
|This was after 2 weeks.. oh man, it hurt.|
|I ran those glorious 6.2 miles in 1:11 and it was UNBELIEVABLE!|
|5k - 34 minutes|
|Oklahoma Wedding - April|
In May, my sweet girl turned 5 years old! She wanted a Spongebob Birthday and her Daddy did everything he could to make it happen! Including making this beautiful and amazing cake. She (and we) are truly blessed!
Also in May, Olivia graduated from Pre-K! She would be starting Kindergarten in August and it was time to say goodbye to the school where it all started. I wasn't ready for Kindergarten!
You can read the entire story of my early life and how I handled his death here.
I drew Olivia a family tree and tried to explain everyone the best I could. She had lots of questions, but none that I felt I couldn't handle or explain. She still brings him up and asks why he had to die, why he didn't come to her birthday parties, etc. She is still trying to learn why we call Tim daddy even though he isn't her "real" daddy. She is learning. We are learning. We are all in this together and as long as she knows she is loved more than anything in the world; we have succeeded.
June - Tim and I finally got to take our honeymoon! We spent almost a week in Mexico soaking up the rays
|Pops and his girls.|
|Nana and her girls.|
|She keeps me on my toes!|
In July I got a new job. I was no longer going to be teaching as a regular classroom teacher, but as an Interventionist. I serve students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade who are At-Risk and falling below grade level. The job is challenging, but I was glad to be putting my time in somewhere outside of the classroom.
Olivia and I also started new schools! Olivia was beginning Kindergarten at a Math, Science, and Technology school. She had to test to be accepted and we were thrilled for this opportunity for her. I was terrified of starting my new school, but was glad I already knew some of the teachers!
|Getting stronger one day at a time!|
|One year later and the dress still fits: SUCCESS!|
Tomorrow is my 30th Birthday. I have an AMAZING day planned with family and friends. Before the celebrations begin, I will be running in a 5k to honor Pancreatic Awareness. This race will be very emotional. Andrea, Tim, Rex, Mom, the girls, and I will be running to honor both of our Parents/Grandparents/Great-Grandparents who were taken too soon by cancer.
|Shirt made by Ruffles With Love|
See you in the next decade!!!!
|November 8, 2013|