2014 in Review

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our 2014 Highlights in pictures..... 

Alli turned 3 in January!
February was full of snow days...

and cheerleading!

Ava's Preschool performance in March

We had kittens in April

In May we had our first study on our Jigglin George!
Recitals in June

Celebrated John's Birthday in June

And spent a week with cousins in Seaside

In July, we celebrated sweet Ava's 5th Birthday at The American Girl Doll store in Houston!
And a few days later Alli participated in a Stem Cell Clinical Trial at UT Houston for the treatment of Cerebral Palsy.

Anna Claire started 2nd grade in August

Ava started her last year of preschool in September

School days in September

Celebrated this girl turning 8 in October

Visited the pumpkin Patch

And of course had a fun Halloween with these 3!
Alli had already been receiving homebound services, but actually got to GO to preschool in November! 

And despite all the illnesses we still had an amazing Christmastime.  Anna Claire said, "the best one ever!"

We started and are ending 2014 on a sick note.  It seems to be our "thing" over the last few years.  Why mess with routine, right??!  I'm looking ahead to 2015 with so much hope for health for this family of mine.  Branson has NOT been good to us.  In fact, we've been more sick here than we EVER were in Tennessee.  To top it all off, I spent 8 hours in the ER yesterday.  I've always suffered with headaches, but have managed them.  Yesterday was another story.....severe headache, slurred speech, facial numbness, and nausea.  My head CT checked out ok, but the ER doctor felt I also needed a MRI.  The MRI actually provided a little insight into possibly why I've had headaches all of my life.  I have a congenital venous malformation in the right cerebellum.  I still don't know a whole lot about it, but will be following up with my primary care and neurology soon.  In the meantime, we know it's certainly not catastrophic.  That's always good!  

With each new year there is healing and new challenges.  As there is with any of us raising typical and special needs kiddos.  Christine Caine wrote on her Facebook earlier today, "2014 is coming to a close. Reflect on God's goodness over the past year and thank Him for all He's done. All of life is seasonal—transitions matter."

To begin something, you have to end something.  And at the ending of something and beginning of something we should always give thanks.   Thanksgiving for all He has done and thanksgiving for all He will do.  Him, the one and only one who sustains us through this journey of life.  Him, the one and only one who makes all things new.    

Cheers to 2015 and God continuing to make beauty from these ashes.  I pray the same for you!

I have normally posted my top 5 read blogposts, but this year they all revolve around the same thing.....Alli's stem cells.  So, if you're not busy, click here to read more!  ;-)

And just for fun, here's a look back at 2011, 2012, and 2013.

1 comment

  1. Cheers to 2015, Jackie. Loved your 2014 wrap up, and I love that quote you used about life being seasonal...I might have to borrow that! :) I've been trying to write a post in my head for 2014, knowing that I have SO much to be thankful for yet feeling like this year has honestly been emotionally challenging in a lot of ways. But "all transitions matter". Meeting your sweet family definitely falls in the THANKFUL FOR category for us for the year. :) Blessings and good health to you guys in the new year. :)


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