Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's a New Year. Is it happy?

Welcome back to The Coastie Life!

The Coastie and I have had some tumultuous months recently. Not as a couple. Oh no. Because of everything that has happened to us, we are more closely knit and secure than ever before. I'll do a quick recap for anyone who is just curious to know.

August 2013: We had to move out of our rental home. The property owner wanted to move in her daughter, so we got the boot. Talk about stress! The government wouldn't pay for this move, so we had to do it all on our own dime. Luckily, we found a cute (albeit smaller) home still in our sweet little town. We give all the credit to our dog, Buttercup, as she was the deciding factor with our new landlords. They said they liked her sweet personality out of all the dogs that they had met during the application process. Homes that allow dogs are extremely rare here, so we're lucky we made the cut!

September 2013: We experienced the joys and sorrow of parenthood in just one week. We will forever be changed by this month, but again, we are closer than ever. We truly believe that our angel is now watching us from Heaven.

October 2013: Pretty uneventful. Still recovering from September.

November 2013: The Coastie heads off to a 5 week school for federal law enforcement officer training. He did exceptionally well! I could not have been more proud of him. Plus, he got to go home to see his parents and a UT football game. We met in Tennessee for Thanksgiving and got to spend several wonderful stress-free days with our families. We definitely felt rejuvenated and loved when we left!

December 2013: I ended up in the emergency room with a health scare. Thankfully, cancer was ruled out right before Christmas, so we were able to relax and celebrate the holiday just the two of us. Even more than that, in January we found out the health issue had miraculously disappeared! My doctor could not explain it, but I know that God's healing hand was on me and allowed His Glory to be revealed in my body. Praise God!

So, here we are - 2014. What will this year bring? The Coastie and I have no idea. We are half excited, half terrified. We are so exhausted, tired, broken from the fall of 2013 that we enter 2014 with our hopes soaring, but our shoulders set to prepare the weight of whatever may come. This year, our goal and hope is just to BE. Yes, just to BE. We are being intentional to love each other, love each day, and enjoy the moment where we are, right now. We want to reclaim our joy in the Lord. We want to stop looking back, stop licking our wounds, and stop looking forward. We want to just BE.

It's a New Year. Is it happy? So far... yes!

The one thing we do know: our God is an awesome God and He will be with us every step of the way.

" 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' " Jeremiah 29:11

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