2014 was a good year. It was hard in having all this war going on, but personally, it was a good year of growth.
Our home school got into a better groove, especially while we were in the States–that was important and something I’d really been asking for. And it’s still growing! We recently started playing recorders together, and I’m so thrilled that Vitaliy is now getting into art (painting, drawing), and he’s leading the girls along with him. That is huge.
Personally, with my appearance and weightloss: I was pregnant and had a baby most of the year. That was awesome! I started doing T-Tapp exercising in the Spring, and kept it up a while during pregnancy. Then after pregnancy, it’s helped me get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. (Looking forward, I want to keep losing now, but I’ll write about that when I write about 2015.
I also enrolled in a type of beauty school. I haven’t told many people about this. But it’s helped me know my personality type and how to dress for that— colors, style, flow of clothes– and how to do makeup and hair. I got a perm! What kind of jewelry and accessories to buy. I’m very happy about this. I have still more to learn and grow, but I love what I’ve done so far.
My marriage– Vitaliy and I celebrated 10 years in March, 2014! We went off for a week by ourselves, many thanks to my wonderful family for keeping our kids. Generally, seems to be going fantabulously. We talk a ton and grow in our own ways and share it with each other.
Church life–God worked a lot in 2014 clearing out a lot of negativity I didn’t realize was hiding there in my heart towards some people in our church ministry. I’ve been praying especially lately for a group of three guys in our church, and Vitaliy’s been meeting personally with each one, and … well, I’ll keep praying! And He’s teaching me how love is not cynical but stays soft and hopes all things.
Life with my children–Growing! They are sweet and enjoyable. They are loving and helpful. They are still kids, and I tend to worry and fret and focus on minutiae, but overall, God is teaching me most of all to lead in love and in example.
Bible reading–Just loving God through His words more, building my life on His truths. It’s been good. Stuff I want to improve, and I’m thankful God leads me here. Prayer has been His emphasis for a while now, and that is growing in my heart.
My midwifery studies– did a ton of stuff while we were in the States. I’m not studying consistently yet– I haven’t found the energy balance–when I get into midwifery studies, it tends to swallow all the energy I want to be putting into my kids and their schooling, so I’m still searching here. But I took the Terminology Exam and hosted a Midwifery Skills Lab–those were two big things.
Oh! This year was COOKING! Thank you, Lord! Such enjoyment finally in cooking, and success! Two things I’ve rather lacked the first 10 yrs of our marriage.
One thing I’ve noticed as I look back on this year, is how long I’ve prayed for some of these areas– for years and years– and made goals some years that I never could keep. But God does it, He does all things well, and in His time.
Thanking God for 2014. My word for that year was “content,” and it was that. In Him, He gave joy and growth.