Hello, 2014

2013 was an interesting year for us.

It wasn't without its challenges and tough times.

We faced challenges financially, not knowing if Cory would be affected by the layoffs of Kennecott, and figuring out how to survive with almost half his normal salary. We made big sacrifices in order to make ourselves more financially secure and guarantee a good life for our children.

I faced some physical challenges with my health and a very difficult first trimester of pregnancy.

We pushed forward with faith in deciding to have another baby, not knowing what our future would hold. It was scary.

But looking back now, it all seems so perfect. Every challenge we've faced this past year, along with all the good times we had, because there were many, have helped us grow closer and stronger with each other, our families, and our Heavenly Father. The Lord's plan is amazing. We never saw the positive outcomes of such trials while they were happening. We've learned so much and even though we're not where we ideally wanted to be, we know without a doubt we are where we should be and we feel more secure and happier than we have all year.

And more importantly, we can look forward to the future with optimism. 2014 will have so much to offer for us. We get to welcome another baby girl into our family and become a family of 4. We'll be able to move back home being much more financially free and secure with a renewed sense of what's really important in life. I'll hopefully be able to get my body working correctly after the baby and finally feel normal and like a human being should feel. We are excited for what the new year will hold.

It's funny how the change of one day, from December 31st to January 1st can make everything seem so near. Suddenly it's 2014 and this is the year of excitement and good things to come. So welcome, new year, we're excited and ready to see what you'll bring and teach us.

And thanks for the memories of 2013.

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