Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Pictures

A part of me is terrified to post 2014 in Pictures because I will post 500 pictures... but this will be a good exercise in self- control.  My goal is 2014 in 15-20 pictures.

2014 was the best year of my life thus far... I'm pretty sure I've felt that way about every year since I've met my wonderful Hubby... but this year has taken the cake.

This year has been harder and more challenging than any year of my life thus far... and has been better, more joyful, more inspiring, and the best year of my life thus far.

Ever since meeting Hubby, it just gets better.

My 2014 in Pictures:



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Monday, December 29, 2014


 When Hubby and I are on vacation, my blog posts are effected.  I could just choose to not post while we're traveling... but I don't to do that.  If I just don't post, then I find that I get too far behind and never post pictures or thoughts or whatever from our time on vacation, and I don't like that.

But, my posts don't quite have the depth or thought that they do when we're home in Rifle.

So, thanks for bearing with the blog while Hubby and I are on vacation, reconnecting, visiting with family, having multiple Christmas gift exchanges, multiple Christmas Eves, multiple Christmas mornings, multiple Christmas dinners, multiple Christmas church services, and a lot of joyful quality time with family.

Our time with our families is always joyful, but seeing our family members relate to Tracey Ann is an entirely new joy this year, and we are loving every minute of it.

Happy Vacation.

Tracey Ann with her Uncles Nick and Daniel, and her Aunt Mandy in St. Louis.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Adorable Cousins

Aren't these the most adorable cousins you've ever seen?

Remember these times, last summer?

Well, look how Tracey Ann and Zivah have grown... and, bonus, no one is hitting anymore.

And just think... the next visit, baby Mayah will be sitting on the couch with these girls.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Best Christmas Present, Mayah Ariana

Yesterday, we got the best Christmas present...

A brand new niece (and cousin for Tracey Ann),
Mayah Ariana Rodriguez!

We were SO blessed that she arrived early (she wasn't due until December 30), and chose to come into the world before we left town (which we will do today).

We love her older sister, Zivah, and we are SO excited to get to know her.
Her parents, Becky and Daniel are overjoyed, and mother and baby are doing beautifully.

We got to meet her last night about 30 minutes after she was born, and we can hardly believe that Tracey Ann started out that small -- well, even smaller.

Happy Birthday, Mayah!  We are SO happy you are here and very blessed to be your family.

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