This blog has been sorely neglected over the last few months. Most of my writing happens here, so feel free to check that out if you have a hankering for something I've written.
Otherwise, I will do my best to give a brief update. Here goes:
Um, I had a birthday, and then Christmas came and Claire got spoiled rotten, then Brady's dad got married, then New Years came, then January lasted for about a million years (no joke, what a rotten month! Snow or smog + freezing cold and nothing fun. Boo, January!), and now here we are!
Ok, just kidding. Right now I am currently sitting in a lonely hotel room in San Jose, CA for a business trip. It's hard to be away from my little family, but I know they will be fine and I will be home the day after tomorrow, so it hopefully won't be too bad. At least it is supposed to be about 60 degrees here tomorrow, as opposed to the frigid 20 degrees predicted for Utah.
Work is...well, work. It has it's perks- the people are nice, there are no ridiculous politics or boss butt-kissing, and it pays the bills. It's not my dream job of course, and there are days that I think I might run from my office screaming, but I won't be there forever.
Brady is in his last full semester of school and is doing great so far. It's a tough semester, but I've been so impressed with how hard he has been working. Through it all he continues to be a fabulous husband and father and I couldn't be more grateful.
Claire is, as always, the light of our lives. This girl just keeps getting busier, funnier, and sweeter. The day is filled with her constant commentary and her enthusiasm is never ending. She often gives me spontaneous hugs or will tell me that she thinks I am pretty. The things that come out of her mouth these days absolutely crack me up. Her imagination continues to grow, and I don't think it will ever get old watching her line up her stuffed animals so she can sing primary songs to them. At times she definitely exhibits that she is a 2 year old, but I think as far as the "terrible two's" go we've gotten pretty lucky. At times she is actually even reasonable, saying "oh! Okay mom!" when I explain why we need to do something, and then amazingly following through with my request. We recently registered her for preschool, PRESCHOOL!, which just blows my mind. How is she old enough for that? She already knows her numbers and letters, all her shapes, colors, and surprises us every day with something else she has learned.
Over the last few months we have had our share of struggles. I will admit that there have been multiple times when I have asked the Universe: when will life just get easy? I know though that life isn't meant to be easy all the time. What would be the point of that? We are here to learn and grow, be tested and tried, and hopefully become better. I hope that in some small way my rough edges are becoming more refined.
However, through our difficulties I have noticed that during the tough times the Lord has always remembered us. Our trials were not taken away, but in every instance I can think of He has cushioned the blow for us. Situations that could've been catastrophic ended up being merely challenging. How grateful I am!
Well, that's about all I have for now. Maybe I'll actually start posting more again? I'll work on it :)