Looking back, we had some really great moments in 2013. We also had some REALLY, REALLY hard moments. Moments full of disappointment. Moments full of sadness. Moments (LOTS OF THEM) filled with sickness. But overall, God has blessed us. The struggles, the trials? They have been hard. But I know ultimately God is using the difficult times to mold us, to draw us closer to Him. We aren’t promised that life will be easy. We are promised that He will not leave us or forsake us.
So, what did 2013 hold for us?
January and February are when we were first attacked by sickies. Ava and Reed were constantly back and forth with illnesses, including ear infections, burned bottoms from antibiotics and even the flu!
February was also an exciting month as we found out that we would be getting three nieces/nephews in the fall!!!!
April had some good moments:
April also had some tough days. Lots of pain, lots of tears and lots of asking God why. On a particularly hard day, Zach’s school held a special assembly where he was awarded an area wide Teacher of the Month award! God meets us when we need Him.
The end of April was also the first time I felt Reed’s cyst. I had no idea what it was at that point and after a particularly stressful situation regarding his pediatrician’s office, we had to take him to a walk in clinic where they told us it was just an infected lymph node.
At the beginning of June, Reed’s cyst began swelling again. We saw our pediatrician and we first heard they words “thyroglossal duct cyst”. We scheduled an appointment for him to be seen at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in July.
Ava went to Oklahoma City and while she was there, they had a tornado go through and she spent the evening hiding out in some underground tunnels in the downtown area. I was happy to get my hands on her when we got home.
We had a follow up appointment for Reed at ACH. Later that day when we got home, we were hit from behind. We’re still dealing with the drama that came from the girl saying she didn’t hit me. The weekend after that happened, we went to OKC for my birthday present. Zach got me tickets to see Wicked!
At the end of September, Reed’s incision from surgery became infected. He went back to ACH and we got a medicine and were told to come back November 1 for a follow up.
The beginning of October was marked with another plague of sickness as we all suffered from a tummy bug.
On November 1st, Reed and I traveled to ACH for his follow up appointment. At this appointment we were told that his cyst had returned and that he needed a 2nd surgery, which we scheduled for December 30th.
We traveled to St. Louis to meet our last niece and celebrate her baptism!While we were there, my car got hit for the 2nd time this year. We weren’t in it, but we’re still also dealing with getting that fixed. I’m thankful that even with two accidents, they were both minor.
2013 is coming to a close for us with Reed’s 2nd surgery happening this morning at 9:10 a.m. We are hopeful that this will be the last operation we will need for this and that he will be healed wholly as we go into 2014.
As I said, while it was a tough year with many trials, we’ve had many happy happy times this year that I wouldn’t trade. Even the bad times I wouldn’t trade, as they’ve brought us to this point, and this is right where we are supposed to be. I never imagined 2013 would go like it did, and I have no idea what 2014 has in store for us, but I welcome it and whatever comes our way with open arms.
Happy New Year!