Another year full of change.
We worked on a house, got chickens, grew vegetables, M started a civilian job, I joined three different boards and got super involved at the rink. My sister had a baby, my other sister moved back to Seattle.
There have been laughs, tears, aches, pains and worries.
But really, we have it all and have so many reason to give thanks.
This year, I give thanks for:
Family. It was a tough year on my dad's side of the family. My uncle and my grandfather passed away early in the year. I will always wish I'd been able to visit one last time or say I love you one more time, but I will forever remember all the good times growing up with them.
I'm grateful that the rest of my family is happy and healthy and I'm looking forward to seeing them at my cousin's wedding in May. There was also a new addition this year when my sister had her first baby, who shares my birthday month. Maybe it's just luck to be born into a family like mine, but I'm grateful for these people who have helped make me who I am today and have taught me the importance of family.
I only got home once this year, but it was a great week in Jersey, New York and Virginia with the family, including chilly, blustery walks on the boardwalk with my parents and my aunt (that's me, dad and my aunt in the photo).
He's the guy I trust, I confide in, I lean on, road trip with, renovate with, explore and grow with. He's the place my heart calls home.
We're learning a lot as we go, putting our skills to the test and building the place that's just right for us. Plus we have room to grow on 26 acres and the permanent chicken coop/barn is going up soon. We've got plans for growing more fruits and veggies and adding more animals to our minifarm. Get excited folks, there's a lot going on out here and I think 2015 will be another big year!
At the very least, we got the chickens out of the mudroom.
While I build my community here in Montana, I'm not forgetting all my good friends from all over the world who are truly the best friends a girl could ask for.