Okay, not really. We DID move, and I DID register for grad school...but the throwing kids into activities? They did that all on their own.
So, since this deployment is winding down, I wanted to list (for myself, mostly) what we DID accomplish while Jason was gone...starting (somewhat) chronologically.
In August, we moved into our new home.
In October, Jason and I went out to celebrate our 18th anniversary the night before he left to go to South Carolina for training. We also had our family pictures done by a dear friend (see the header above). I went to visit Jason for the last weekend before he left the country.
We also got to celebrate with Jason's mom and a whole lot of friends for her 60th birthday.
In January, I started my Practicum, hired a girl to help out during that time, worked, and went to school....and kept the kids busy in their schools and other activities. We celebrated Justin's 11th birthday. I also applied for my Passport...
In February, I got my Passport in the mail(!), organized, studied, worked at my Practicum site, celebrated my birthday (ha! like I'd tell you which one!!) and prepared a schedule of weekly/daily events for my mother-in-law...and then got on an airplane....
In April, we celebrated Jason's birthday via Skype (and watched him open his box!), and Jon's 15th birthday.
May saw school performances, winding down for the school year...
In June, we had a farewell for some dear friends from church who were moving away, and I painted, and painted, and painted....the rails took me entirely too long (I'm a perfectionist!)
|Isn't he good looking?!?|
October ended up being one long band competition. Or not. But it seemed like it. Oh, and I went and visited Jason for our 19th anniversary. And did school. And taxied children. And organized the world...or not. Things are starting to get blurry at this point, since it's all winding to a close and I am just...soooo...tired....
So, We don't have much time left - less than two weeks now. And my thing I am most proud of from this year of accomplishments? I grew. I did all of this. I am doing grad school, and doing it well. We had tough times. Things (and people) broke, but we didn't fall apart (I had a LOT of help in *that* particular department!!). The biggest thing has been how much I have grown Spiritually. God has done tremendous things in my life over this year, which made all of the hardships worth it, in the long-run.
Yes, we accomplished a lot this year...but there is no way we could have come out of this so well without the prayers of friends, and the loving hand of our Lord on our lives the whole way.