Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

As I look back on 2014, we had such a wonderful year. We found out we were pregnant with baby #2 and that it was a boy! Patrick and I traveled to New York, San Francisco, and Cancun. We got to go to the Masters.  We celebrated Teagan turning 2 years old and have watched her personality continue to grow. And then the highlight of our year was when we welcomed a 9lb 4oz bundle of sweetness into our lives. Reynolds has added so much joy to our family, and we have loved getting to see Teagan in her new role as a big sister. And then I started a new role too when I hung up my teaching hat and traded it in for staying at home with my kids. It was a good, good year and I am thankful.

I am seriously so in love with our family that it hurts sometimes. I look around at our life now and want to hold so, so, so tightly to everything. And sometimes {honestly more than I'd like to admit} I'm struck with fear that this life as it is now will be taken from me in some form. I think the newness of love {i.e. adding Reynolds to our lives} can be so scary, and it has been a struggle to open my grip and give it to God. I remember going through the same thing when Patrick and I got married and then again when Teagan was born.  Even though I know...
1. Whether or not I hold on tightly or not does not add to my control of this life,
2. It is better in His hands anyway, and
3. Letting loose doesn't mean losing. 
I am so incredibly thankful for the blessings that God has poured out on us in the form of our family and our good health. I pray daily that He would help me trust Him more and continue to bless our family. My prayer is that 2015 will be a year that continues to be filled with laughter, sweet memories, and more joy as we grow closer as a family and to Him.

Oh, I could go on and on...but here is a look at how we started our 2015.

Every year we go to my aunt and uncle {Gigi and Papa G}'s house for the traditional {and by traditional, I mean seriously delicious} New Year's lunch. It is always a perfect start to the year.

And this boy is tuckered out from all the fun. 
{And looking so big. He's not quite 4 months old yet, but I don't think people believe us.}

Happy New Year! We hope 2014 was good to you and that 2015 will be even better! 


  1. Love your honesty, Dre. It is so hard to let go and trust and not hard tightly to what we love, but it sounds like you're doing a pretty great job trying. :) And Reynolds is getting SO big! I'm ready for healthy days so we can see y'all again. We miss you!!