Monday, December 1, 2008

Summing Up 2008

I recall the song, "Count Your Blessings"-name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. This year has been very much like last year in that we have had so many BLESSINGS!
1-We bought our house in the spring, thanks to my wonderful grandparents who allowed us to purchase it from them. It is so wonderful to own my own home and know that I'm so close to family.
2-We took a vacation to Hawaii, visiting new islands and experiencing it all with a 1 year old, who actually loved being there with mom and dad together. We really had such a great time and love being able to travel once in a while.
3-Next we found out we were expecting again, not by accident mind you, no this baby was planned and hoped for. And if you have read previous blogs about this pregnancy, we are having another BOY due January 25!!! Oh Cohen will have so much fun with a little brother! We have already decided on a name: Taysom Jethro-Jethro after my grandfather (boy was he excited about that)!
4-We sent another brother out to do the Lords work this summer. We are so proud of Steven and pray that he continues to bless the lives of those he teaches. WE LOVE YOU STEVEN!
As for individual blessings,
John loves working for the post office. He was made an employee this year, rather than being a temp...his job provides us with insurance and many overtime hours which bless us financially. He and I are still serving a calling on the activities committee and have enjoyed planning things for our ward.
Mandie is still working for Novell. After 8 1/2 years there I hope to make a career change, with the coming of Taysom, to be full time mom. This year has been hard with John and my work schedule, we are on opposite schedules and rarely see each other. SO things like vacations to Hawaii and getting really sick with colds gives us a chance to be together. ;) I'm also very VERY very ready to have this baby. I wish the stories of the stork were true, but alas, they are not. Guess I should be grateful I'm not an elephant.
Cohen has grown so much this past year. Its very amazing to me how time flies and how fast they learn. He signs a few words because he still refuses to talk, however he has started saying mama, dadda, and coo coo (choo choo train). He knows all his body parts, the funniest is when you ask him where his bum is, he slaps his butt cheek. He refuses to go to nursery and cries so much that the leaders have to bring him to us halfway through class. He really is my love bug and I can't imagine my life without him.
I thank my Heavenly Father for all that he does for us and how he blesses us so much. I an so grateful for family and friends, most especially during this time of the year, when there is much to be grateful for. Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope your year has been wonderful too!

1 comments:

McCall and Ryan said...

Hi Mandie! It's McCall, I found you through Brittany's blog. How fun that you are expecting another boy, I am sure Cohen is going to love having a little brother so close in age!