Like all years and all people, in 2014, we have had our ups and downs. This year has felt so broken up into pieces, just based on what has been happening in our circumstances. I feel as though this year has been 3 separate years, each defined by different moments, good and bad.
I am grateful for so many things, and could list pages and pages of things, but I will stick to just a few highlights for this year.
If you know Ryan at all, his work ethic is something that defines him. He not only graduated college, he did it with an amazing GPA, while working, while raising a family, and with a career. Without him, our lives would fall apart. His assurance is all I need to keep going. He is my rock.
These pictures are missing several people but they are the best I have. I'm thankful for not only the support systems that families bring, but all the unique relationships. One of the hardest parts of infertility, is that Zoe is an only child, something that is hard for her and for me. But we are lucky that she has bunches of cousins who adore her and she shares special relationships with them.
We spent last weekend at my sister's house and she spent three days surrounded by cousins who are all vying for her attention. She feels so special when we get to visit cousins.
Whenever I need a baby fix (and I do quite often) I have sisters and sisters in law, who always oblige with either pictures or skype.
This applies to extended family too. My extended families are so reachable and I feel blessed to have special relationships with cousins, aunt and uncles and grandparents.
I am not as strong as I would like to be, and sometimes my faith waivers. But I am grateful eternal the nature of my faith. For the knowledge that this life is not the end, nor is it the beginning. I'm grateful for the ability to correct my mistakes, be forgiven and start over.
We moved into a fantastic ward here in Texas and I'm grateful for the people we have met and who I serve with. I love that the Gospel is the same everywhere.
We are sharing our Thanksgiving dinner with some new friends here in Texas.
Ryan is making the turkey, which is a first for us. He has covered in a homemade seasoned butter mixture and it smells divine.
Our pie to adult ratio is 1:1. Ryan scoffed when I suggested that may be too much pie. His response,
"You can never have too much pie!"
With that in mind, I am wishing you and yours a
Happy Thanksgiving with lots of love, laughter and pie!
Holly & Co.