Another year has come to an end. As I get older, I feel that the years are flying by faster and faster. This year was very busy for our family. We started the year with a new non-profit and a new job.
Rich resigned from FCA and branched out on his own with Power of 3 Ministries. I started a new part-time job with US Airways at the Dayton Airport. Christian completed his first year of college. Madison had a great season of basketball and started her first year of high school. We completed another season as directors of the youth basketball league at church and spent baseball season as a host home for minor league baseball players. As baseball season came to an end, football season was in full swing. Noah had an amazing senior season at starting linebacker and Tyler was a beast in his first year of middle school football.
My job gives us flight benefits so we were able to go on lots of adventures in 2015. Rich and Tyler travelled to Arizona for the Reds Spring Training. Noah and his friend Cameron spent Spring Break in Florida. Rich and I spent a couple of days in Daytona Beach. Madison and I flew to Tampa , so she could spend a couple weeks with the grandparents. I was also able to make a surprise visit to my mom in September.
2015 was also a year of celebrating some big milestones. Noah got his driver's license. One of our baseball sons became a Daddy for the first time. My oldest turned 20 and my youngest officially became a teenager. Tyler celebrated with a trip to Monday Night Football watching his Texans beat the Bengals. Rich and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a mini-getaway. Noah verbally committed to play football at CCU.
There were some really hard parts to 2015 as well. There were lots of financial challenges and parenting challenges. We struggled to be on the same page in our marriage relationship. I watched helplessly as our oldest left home in May on not great terms. Praise God, I also had the pleasure of welcoming him back home in November. I struggled with the frustrations of helping Madison deal with mean girls and frenemies. I found myself exhausted and tired of the challenges of the lack of ministry funding and just wanted Rich to give up on it all together. I faced a lot of internal battles. Some days it felt impossible to pray. But through all the challenges, God made his presence known to me.
As we head into 2016, I am excited for new adventures and new milestones. Christian will start school at CCU in just a couple weeks. In March, we're heading to Spring Training for a family vacation. Noah graduates from high school in May. Madison will celebrate her quinceanera in June. Noah & Christian will both be heading to college at CCU in August. Tyler will be playing his last year of middle school football. Rich and I are planning a trip to Puerto Rico in September to celebrate getting another child graduated.
I pray that throughout all the adventures and challenges of this year, that I will enjoy each moment and learn each lesson that God wants me to learn.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.