Thursday, January 1, 2009

Looking Back

2008 brought many things for our family, some wonderful, some sad and some terrifying. What got us through all of it was that God is the same, today, tomorrow and forever. He is here each morning I awake, i can always trust him and depend on him.

We saw many things take place in our lives in's a brief recap.
Our boys stayed sick with various illnesses for the first two months of the year. One of them (Monkey) endured four surgeries as well. We were given the all clear on Tiger's spine! No more braces and definitely no surgery needed for what we thought in the beginning was a doomed diagnosis.

My mother-in-law, Marilyn, bravely fought here incurable, untreatable cancer to the bitter end. She spent her first Christmas with Jesus this year.

The boys turned two and hubby and I both turned 32!

We had to wait two months to find out that my Daddy did NOT have a brain tumor and had a stroke at some point, causing the spot of his brain. He also had eye surgery.

The boys were released from all of their therapies. Praise the Lord!

I went back to work for four months on the farm, while the boys attended long days at pre-school.

In the Spring my parents kept the boys for a blissful (for us) 48 hours and we made a mad dash to Atlanta for the weekend.

In the Fall we took the boys to Chattanooga and experienced all it had to offer.

I canned and froze hundreds and hundreds of jars and bags of harvest goodness for the harsh winter ahead.

We added more and more cows and calves to our farm family.

Hubby got an awesome safety bonus that he busted his tail feathers for with the grace of the one above behind him and also won us a new TRUCK! Then we both got nice Christmas bonuses.

I started my mix business back and hope to continue it doing well.

Hubby wrote out an E-F 2 tornado with his sick, bedridden Mom and his family in a double wide.

We had two awesome yard sales bringing in some much needed income.

We paid off more med bills and have all paid in full now except one!

Hubby had his third knee surgery in September and followed many hours of pt.

Major purchases were a freezer, patio set and two tvs (the others had went out, one three years ago).

Hubby was misdiagnosed with Lupus! Praise the Lord!

There were also several emergency room visits with the boys.

I was bit by a mean, mean spider.

Also for me there has been countless hours spent in the dental chair.

I am still under the care of the eye doc for various issues.

We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.

I think that is about it. I hope you had a great 08 and 09 will be even better!

Thank you Lord for all of your blessings! You are a gracious and loving Father!



Michelle said...

Happy New Year!!

Julie @ blessedwithfive said...

Hi Marva . . . Happy New Year!

Wow, what a list! You have really had a busy year! It is so exciting to read the blessings of God!

By the way, why in the world were you up at 4 a.m.?

Hugs and Love Dear Friemd

Marva said...

Hi JuJu! It was actually 6am, the blogger time doesn't correspond to my actual time here. Haven't figured that one out yet.

I did have a little up at 5am....Momma I wet!


Nikki said...

That's a bunch for one year, Marva! About your business, you really should have a button made for it. I would post it on my blog, and I bet others would, too, to increase your business.