A year in review

Happy New Year’s Day!  And what a year it’s been…

February – I quit my night-shift hospital nursing job to work part time in a Coumadin Clinic at a doctor’s office.  It was a wonderful opportunity, and I looked forward to going to work every Tuesday and Wednesday.

July – We left our apartment and upgraded to a house rental!  I was 8 month pregnant, but praise the Lord for extra space!  We also joined the church we had been attending for a year.

Early August – We weren’t quite settled into new home when Hubby found out about a new job opportunity that would have us moving to Ohio.  He told me about it on a Monday, and after talking about it together and with a few other people, he put the application in that night.

End of August – after 4 weeks of waiting, Hubby was offered a new job!  Throughout the entire process, God made His will known to us beyond a shadow of a doubt.  But I’ve already written about that.  So, Hubby was offered this job on Monday, August 25, 2014.  Baby Thunder was born on Friday, August 29, 2014, and we became a family of four!

September – I celebrated being alive for a quarter of a century!

October – We (painfully) start getting used to Hubby’s new job…

November – I ran a half marathon 11 weeks postpartum, decided to accept God’s will for me to not return to work but to become a Stay At Home Mom, and celebrated my last known Thanksgiving in Virginia by running the Richmond Turkey Trot.

December – We have finally (mostly) adjusted to Hubby’s travel schedule – and by mostly adjusted I mean that Little Man is no longer throwing tantrums every four hours and I am not bursting into tears every time Hubby walks in the door.  Baby Thunder has finally started falling asleep for the night between 9 and 10pm and consistently taking 2 naps during the day.  We also experienced the normal holiday chaos.  I swear the holidays get more stressful the older I get!  Hubby came down with the flu the day before our wedding anniversary, but was fully recovered by Christmas.  The boys and I remained healthy, and we got to go to the Christmas Eve service at church, celebrate my dad’s birthday at my favorite pizza place (if ever in RVA, look up Stuzzi’s!), have our own Christmas morning, my siblings’ Gift Exchange at our place the day after Christmas, and see my husband’s extended family in Maryland the day after Christmas!  Yes, the holidays are definitely getting more crazy… But, on the bright side, Hubby has had the last 2 weeks off of work!  🙂

Merry Christmas!

Phew!  What a year.  But, 2015 is shaping up to be just as exciting…
Anticipate relocating:  Yes, we will be moving to Columbus, Ohio this year.  The tentative month is July, since that is when our lease is up in our current house.  I’m trying really hard not to start planning (aka stressing!) about the logistics of what all that involves and just enjoy my last 6 to 7 months in my beloved Richmond.

Race schedule:  So far, I have registered for the Ukrop’s Monument 10k!

Yes, around here, #It’sMonumental!  My goal for 2015 is to finish under 50 minutes.  Which is gonna mean a lot of stroller runs with the boys… I’m also considering the Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg.  One last big race before The Big Move. Lastly, I want to train for the Richmond Marathon in November in hopes of qualifying for Boston.  That kind of training while I’m in a new state will hopefully help the relocation stress (for me and the boys) and maybe help me connect with a few local runners.

Yup, 2015 is gonna be big!  Here’s to New Adventures!


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