we rang in the new year living in our home in birmingham with a two week old and an almost-but-not-quite-two year old. i thought life couldn't get any better with my two babies and my husband right under our very own roof. we were all healthy, happy and exactly where (i thought) god wanted us to be.
but god has a funny way of working sometimes because sooner than i expected a work opportunity came about for us to own a harley-davidson dealership that we knew we couldn't turn our backs on. so we scraped every single penny together that we had, and some that we didn't, and we handed over a big fat check to co-own a motorcycle dealership. talk about the american dream!
but there were hoops as there always are.
the dealership was two hours away from where we lived. so we put our house up for sale in the beginning of july and the girls and i headed north to visit our family for the month. meanwhile, we were having house showings daily and by the time we walked back into our house on july 27, we had an excepted offer. needless to say, we didn't know it would sell quite that quickly and since we couldn't afford a mortgage of that house plus another mortgage or rental payment for a place for andrew to stay, we bought a really nice camper for real cheap and the plan was for andrew to live in there behind the new dealership until we could all be together again.
meanwhile in birmingham, i am packing an entire house alone with an eight month old and two and a half year old. that is definitely something i would never want to do again (and hopefully won't ever have to).
september brought a month of unpacking and getting settled into our new city. i found a good school for addison, met some new friends in the neighborhood and community and have had the chance to swing on down to birmingham a few times now to visit friends.
addison and amelia adjusted nicely. those two girls have blossomed so much this year! we celebrated addison turning two in february and since then she's changed so much. in early summer i had her evaluated for her speech because i was getting a little worried that the words weren't coming as easily to her but she tested out and after working with her myself, she is talking in full sentences, singing complete songs, and making sure everyone hears her voice loud and clear. in fact, yesterday we were in old navy and she grabbed a tee and swung it around saying "you get a shirt! annnnnnd you get a shit! annnnnnd you get a shirt!" in her best oprah voice possible! that girl makes me laugh so much these days!
amelia is quite the character too; i've never met a baby so happy and so full of life. this girl hardly ever cries and she absolutely melts me everyday. her bright blue eyes, the way she snuggles her face into my neck and swings her one arm around my shoulder. i mean i love the newborn stage but i LOVE this right now! we celebrated her turning one a few weeks ago and i really can't quite get over how fast one year can go by.
well that was long winded! i feel so blessed by the opportunity god gave us this year and pray he continues to bless my family and i in the upcoming year. i sincerely hope that this new year brings you joy, new dreams and new beginnings.
may this truly be your very best year yet.