Dear Family and Friends,
We hope our New Years cards made it across the miles to your homes, we want you to know that as we wrote out the addresses, stuffed the envelopes and stuck on the stamps we thought of each and every one of you, our relationships and friendships, laughed over precious memories, and prayed for your families. A New Year is always such a fresh beginning, maybe the closing of the doors to a tough year, or just the start of a new one with new goals and plans and hopes.
2012 was a challenging year for our family, as most of you know I lost my dad on May 12th and our entire family along with close friends have been grieving his absence in our lives. I had such a close relationship and special bond with my dad, since he passed away I have experienced the most heart wrenching moments of my life. Many days I have felt frozen in time, as if the world around you just keeps on going like nothing ever happened while I am standing here with my world turned upside down. My daughters’ precious ‘Grampy’ ripped away from their tiny little arms at just 1 and 2 years old, I always thought that he would be with us long after their high school proms and college graduations. Like the old saying, the only two things guaranteed in this life are death and taxes. Not to make light of something that seems so dark but I have realized that death is a part of life, just as the sun rising, birthdays passing, children growing up and years flying by. I take great comfort in knowing we will all see my dad again in eternal paradise!
This photo was taken Christmas 2012, the last Christmas spent with my dad.
God has taught us such a powerful life lesson as a result of this difficult process, that experiencing such pain after his death is such a huge testimony to the great love that both he had for us and we had for him. If anyone knew how to love and love well it was my dad. He loved so patiently and purely and lived his life so fully and intentionally. I can only hope to remind our girls of how great of a man he was by the way that I love them. I know that God has given all of us the gift of being able to love one another as the tiniest glimpse into what His amazing and unending love is for us.
God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
2012 was also filled with more blessings than we can count!
Our 2012 top 5:
1. The girls celebrated their 1st and 3rd birthdays
2. Mike’s business continued to grow in 2012 with the addition of a 4th photobooth
3. We celebrated 4 years of being married and not killing each other
4. We were baptized together in September at our church and have both been involved in ministry and bible study/discipleship
5. We both turned the big 3-0! (yes, we are old!)
Olivia and Gianna are such happy and healthy little girls. Olivia is now in a private Christian preschool and is learning new things every day. Her vocabulary blows us away most days and her sense of humor keeps us laughing constantly. She knows her ABC’s, days of the week, can count to 30, knows more songs than her dad and I combined, still despises food unless its coated with chocolate and loves watching Tangled. Gianna has developed quite a personality over the year, she is not afraid to stand up to her big sister, is starting to put together small sentences, loves to dance and color, and her favorite phrase at the moment is “stop it!”
There is never a dull moment in our house I tell ya! We are so incredibly thankful for the gifts of two perfect children that God has given us, we could not be more blessed!
Thank you for taking the time to check in with our little family, we are continuing to pray for your health, happiness and faith in 2013. Look around a bit to read other randoms about our family and check in throughout the year for more updates :)
All our love,