Summer is here and I need a fan!

Seriously, could it get any hotter? This heat is absolutely killing me and OF COURSE I have two boys that love nothing more than being outside as much as possible. I, on the other hand, appreciate the air conditioning and wouldn't want my make up to run from sweating so much, so please get me a fan outside NOW. ;)

So yeah, it's JUNE. How did this happen? I swear I can remember being pregnant this time last year.... praying July would hurry up and get here so we could meet our sweet baby boy. I couldn't wait and was so anxious it was killing me. I wanted Hank to finally see his baby brother so he could really understand what was going on. I was just overwhelmed with everything going on at the time, I wanted something to happen to make me stop and enjoy the moment instead of rush thru it. Well, that surely happened.... sooner than we all expected! Ha!! Almost a month early actually. Our sweet boy was born June 18 and I can't believe in 2 weeks that little guy will be ONE years old!!!! Where did the time go?

So much has changed in the past year. So many wonderful things we have been blessed with. A new addition to our family, Jace, a new sister-in-law, DeDe, a new house, new friends, a new "niece" for me, Adalynn. So many things to be thankful for. So many gifts God has given us. We are so very greateful. I know this year will bring even more changes. My best friend is getting married!! YAY!! We are getting our FIRST nephew. I CAN'T WAIT for baby Cameron to get here. Who knows, maybe we'll be getting more nieces or nephews haha! But I really can't believe it's time for Jace to be turning ONE. I'm just kind of shocked it's actually happening. I'm so excited, because I love watching him grow and change and turn into this little boy, but it's hard to watch at the same time.

I do know this. I thank God everyday for one more day with my children and husband. I thank Him for giving us all that we have. I thank Him for the hard days because they make the good ones seem that much better. I thank God for all these blessings in my life. Over this past year I have seen so many people go thru things I can't even begin to imagine what it must be life. I have witnessed cancer in people I love and strength to fight it, miracles happen in the birth of a premie child, courage to keep holding on when someone feels that the world is against them because they are told both of their parents are seriously ill. I have seen more this year than I have in a very long time, but it has all helped me grow. I am wiser now. I am stronger now. I am braver now. I feel I can handle more now than I could last year at this time. So to everyone who has been a part of the last year of my life... Thank you. In someway your life, your story, your struggles have helped me. They have changed me. And I am grateful for those changes. I hope this next year brings even more changes in me. I pray for them and I will embrace every obstacle, challenge and blessing given to me and I will know that God is molding me into the person He wants me to be. What could be better than that?



ErinLynn said...

Rissa. you have such a beautiful family! i'm so glad you have so many wonderful blessings in your life! miss you!

The Kaufmann Krew said...

Man, you made me CRY!!!
I feel the same as you. I have seen so many struggles and trials come to the ones i love and they have changed and affected my life greatly. I feel like i have grown so much in the past almost year since Chloe has been born. Thanks for sharing your story of this year. God is molding us day by day, And the best thing we can do is follow His lead!
I can't believe our babies are almost a year old! Time truly flies.