Goodbye 2015

This year was an adventure! I had no idea our family journey was in for so much change last January. I went through and chose my favorite pictures from each month…little snapshots of the year that was.

January

We had lots of fun in the snow. Middle Boy wanted a TARDIS cake for his birthday and a trip to the Lego store in Nashville.

February

More snow and lots of sledding. Sparkles enjoyed a date night with Daddy!

March

Yet more snow! My husband was gone on the first of many trips away for the year. All of the kids piled in the bed with me while he travelled…I ended up on the couch.

April

I had the privilege of working with Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books at the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention. Monty and Polly joined our family. I am a big fan of the bunnies and spent a lot of time with them as changes came. Littlest graduated preschool and told me “only Mommy school” from now on for him.

May

Oldest completed his elementary years (Nooo!!!) The obnoxiously loud cicadas crawled out of the earth…still gives me the creeps. We celebrated the end of school with an ancient history feast.

June

We visited with the Sisters and friends in Lexington.

July

Our new school year started after VBS. My husband began interviews for another job.

August

We started visiting places we loved before moving: skating rink, cruise in, Land Between the Lakes. We visited with friends and finally saw the Parthenon in Nashville. I packed up the school room. My husband left for his new job.

September

The movers took our things away. We said goodbye to our beloved church and friends. This month was spent on the road between our home of seven years, an apartment, and searching for a new home. Oldest and Sparkles added another year to their lives.

October

We moved into our new home and began exploring our new town. Littlest turned five.

November

Sparkles suddenly started turning into a little lady. We tried to get a rhythm to our school days but by the end of the month I was sick. I was accepted to the Schoolhouse Review Crew and begin to wonder what I have gotten myself into…but I am sure the experience will be insightful.

December

The illness continues to travel through each family member making school nearly impossible. I make the crazy decision to cancel school for the rest of December. I kinda freaked out but it turns out to be a good decision. My husband and I get to have a fun night out and I “play the slots” for the first time (most likely only) in my life. Boots joined our family after Christmas.

What a year!! Looking back I can see that we had a wonderful time. All of the traveling was exciting (and exhausting).I am much more relaxed in my role as a home educator now than in January.  We grew closer as a family…partly due to heartache. My husband’s decision to move away from his home was hard. I felt very protective of him and struggled to keep my anger from surfacing. I would rather have my own heart broken than watch my husband hurting. My husband and I also learned what amazing and wonderful friends we have. We are a family rich in blessings.

I am looking forward to 2016. We are going to join a homeschool co-op once a week. I’ve had a peek at all of the fabulous review opportunities coming up this year from the Review Crew. Our new home is rich in field trip opportunities. I also hope to go on a retreat designed for homeschool moms in the summer. Well, maybe…I’m starting to talk myself out of it.  The idea seems fun but also a little selfish.

Maybe, if I get a nap tomorrow, I’ll try to stay up and actually ring in the New Year. If we are watching The Blacklist I’m sure that I’ll be awake. But if we’re watching the Times Square New Year’s Eve party then I’ll be sound asleep.

Linking up with: Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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7 thoughts on “Goodbye 2015

  1. Happy New Year! What a wonderful look back at your year and all the changes that you have experienced. Your post has inspired me to look back at my year through pictures (I sure take a lot of them) rather than try to remember what happened in what month (which I was doing.) Here’s to a great 2016!

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  2. Happy New Year, Audria! You’ve seen a lot of changes this year. I’m glad the family has drawn closer in all the ups and downs. We know those changes and heartaches too, and have been grateful for 2015 being a year of wellness in our household. Looking forward to more of your posts and memories created in 2016!

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  3. It is good to look back on our memories for the past year and we often wonder how we made it– but we did. Now time for 2016–and may you make many blessed memories. I will cherish my memories of your family–and will continue to watch them as they grow this year. (Mrs. C)

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