Monday, December 31, 2012

An Overview of 2012

It's New Year's Eve and I am sitting here thinking about the things that I have accomplished (and not accomplished) in the year 2012. I cannot believe the New Year is tomorrow. 2012 has been filled with sadness as well as lots of joy. This blog post is going to be all about our year here in the Jensen household and how God has been with us throughout it all.

The beginning of this year was full of excitement as we found out we were expecting baby #3. We were so full of joy and Bear and Ducky were very happy to have another sibling. Unfortunately, baby Kendall was called home to heaven before we could meet him. I learned a lot through losing our baby. I learned that although I call them "my children", they are the Lord's children. He has given my husband and I the great privilege and responsibility to raise them in a Godly manner. We know that we will see baby Kendall in heaven one day but the pain is still there. God has comforted me and helped me through the hardest time of my life. Bear and Ducky took the loss pretty hard, especially Bear (he is 4 now). He didn't understand exactly what happened to the baby and why mommy was so sad. We got some books and advice on what to do and we all started the healing process together.

As a family, we all slowly returned to our normal routines and the boys got back into school. We spent most of our summer going to a local theme park. Since we didn't go on vacation we got passes and went just about every weekend. Speaking of school, we have been learning so much this year. Bear has learned how to write his name and spell it out loud. He can count to 20 and knows his ABC's. Ducky knows his ABC's as well and he is only 2. We go to the library often and read books every day. The boys color and draw constantly. We do unit studies every month and are currently learning about Jesus' birth.

Hubby and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary over the summer. It has been 8 wonderful years. I can't imagine my life without that man in it. He is such a Godly, loving, caring person. Ducky turned 2 over the summer as well. He has a Thomas the train birthday party. It was a wonderful time and he was a very happy little boy. He just loves his older brother and does everything Bear does. I mean EVERYTHING! LOL! Bear turned 4 in October. His birthday party was Lightning McQueen. It was also a great party. They are both getting big so quickly. I want them to stay little forever. They are both so sweet.

In July, Hubby and I found out we were expecting again. We were both very thrilled but very nervous. We learned that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. He is blessing us with another tiny baby to take care of and love. We were not necessarily "trying" to get pregnant but we are both VERY happy to have another baby. This one is a boy (nameless at this point) and he is due March 2013. This pregnancy has thrown me for a loop. It has been the roughest so far. The first 18-20 weeks I was so nauseous I couldn't stand myself. I also had migraines 5 days a week for the first 20 weeks. Now I only get one or two a week. My sciatic nerve is already killing me (I am currently 29 weeks). I am not complaining but this one has done me in for sure. My other pregnancies were not like this at all. My little peanut will be well worth all the "trouble". LOL!

Oh, I turned 30 in October as well. I was very nervous about turning 30 but it's not so bad. Haha! Hubby threw me an amazing party with all of our friends and family. I really am very blessed. It was a great time.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with Hubby's family here at our house. There were a lot of people and a lot of great memories made. We had great food and watched football. The kids played with their cousins and we all laughed and had fun.

When December came upon us it was quick. We had a wonderful Christmas. Bear and Ducky were surprised to get presents. We taught them the reason we celebrate Christmas. Bear really got interested in learning about Jesus' birth and about the angels and shepherds. Nanny and Poppy even got them both a Little People manger scene to play with. They love it! Hubby's birthday is the day after Christmas and we went to a restaurant and had lunch with his family. It was a lovely time. I am so thankful for every day I have with him.

Well, there you have it. Our year of ups and downs. More ups than downs though. I have been reminded time and time again this past year that God is in control. I pray that 2013 is filled with joy for each of you and  for my family as well. None of us are promised our next breath so let's enjoy every moment like it's our last. May God bless you all this next year and bring you much happiness.

Blessings to you and your family in 2013,