I devoted the first 4 months of the year to completing my degree. I have worked hard for several years towards a bachelor's degree in sociology. I fully intended to continue my career in fundraising/donor relations but I needed my degree to move forward. I graduated on May 11th. My family and close friends came out to watch me graduate. I was so proud to have them all there cheering me on. Afterwards my parents threw me a lunch. I don't think we took any pictures but I thoroughly enjoyed my big day.
|Me and a sweet co-worker. This was probably the best picture of the day.|
|Sweaty and blurry. But proof!|
|So proud of my hubs!|
|Our best friends and running partners/cheerleaders/coaches.|
October had some seriously sad moments. We watched our friends mourn the loss of one of their very close friends. I did a post about Coach. Towards the end of the month, my great-aunt Carolyn also passed away somewhat unexpectedly. She was one of my grandmother's younger sisters.
Also in October, I organized a team and participated in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. I did this in honor of my sweet co-worker Sheri who was diagnosed in May. She has been a true hero this year. She has taken ever moment of this journey with grace and strength beyond comprehensive. I was so proud to have her join us on race day.
November brought a huge family reunion. While it was sad not having my Aunt Carolyn there to celebrate, we enjoyed getting our huge family together.
Also in November, I was there as my best friend, Amanda, gave birth to her sweet baby girl, Caroline. I was so lucky to spend the day(s) at the hospital as we waited for C. She made her arrival around 7:30 p.m. on November 23rd.
|Me holding Caroline who is getting some love from her big brother.|
In December, my dad's family got together. I seriously love this group of people.
As December came to a close, I looked back on my year. We are lucky people - blessed more than we deserve.
Another monumental moment came on December 29th when my cousin Kim suffered a brain aneurysm at age 46. The last seven days have been a roller coaster for her family/our family. I spent the first day of 2014 with my parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, my brother, and my husband. Someone brought a New Year's feast to the hospital and we had our lucky peas in honor of Kim.
While we don't know what lays ahead, I know who does. I trust that God knows best. He has Kim and our entire family covered with His love and grace.
While this is a sad ending to 2013, it makes me see what we should see everyday - love. This strong woman and the family that loves her so. It's all about love. The family that gathers together just to comfort each other. We are quite a force when we are together.
|My cousin Tiffany, my dad, and my cousin Kim (also Tiff's mom) at our annual Christmas party.|
So for 2014, I wish for more love. Everyday should be treated as if we won't see tomorrow.