Family Life

2015

It’s been quite a year.

SHORT:

Dillon was in the hospital in January, but he’s good now. We had a baby boy, SR, in June. He’s healthy and happy. Dillon quit his job in July. We moved in with my parents. Dillon went to grad school and job searched a lot and we are still looking. MM started preschool. BB went to the dinosaur museum. We are blessed.

LONG:

2015 started off will Dillon very sick and going to the hospital. He had his appendix out at the very end of 2014. Then his stomach stopped working and we found out he had bled internally, including around his lungs, and he had to eventually have a second surgery to clean it all out. The recovery took a while, but he actually bounced back quick enough and is now in full health.

Our kids went to Utah while Dillon recovered and had a good time with Grandma Claire and Grandpa Ray. We took a trip to Utah in March as well to see our family.

My brother, William, got married at the beginning of June, but MM was the only person in our family there. I was a week away from giving birth. We got to spend some one-on-one time with BB, who is now an energetic two-year-old who loves playing with toys and going to the dinosaur museum.

I went into labor quickly in the middle of the night and ended up in an ambulance. We made it to the hospital and my little SR was born. He was 8 pounds, 20 inches long, and perfectly healthy.

SR has been amazing. He sleeps long, eats well, and laughs often. He now can crawls on his tummy and sits up and is getting his first teeth. I have enjoyed him so much, and I think he is the best baby that ever existed.

Dillon was working as a park ranger at Lahontan State Recreation area, but a drought had left the lake literally empty. There were more employees in the park than visitors. So a month after SR was born, he quit his job and we moved back in my parents’ basement. It wasn’t something we were excited about, but it felt like the right thing to do. That was a leap of faith, and we’re still wondering where we’re going to land.

We thought our time of unemployment would be short, but it wasn’t. Dillon has gone to Arizona, Wyoming, and Nebraska. He has been an alternate candidate for three jobs and another job was frozen by a hiring freeze. We’re still looking.

While job searching, Dillon started working more on graduate school and went to school full time in the fall. He is working to get a Master of Natural Resources and a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Certificate and plans on graduating in December 2016.

While we live in Utah, we’ve been able to go to family reunions, camping trips, museums, and more. We saw a lot of family and a lot of friends.

Dillon did get to go hunting in Nevada in August and killed his first antelope, accompanied by my brother Daniel and MM.

In September, MM started preschool. She loves her teachers, Miss April and Miss Jennie. She has started to learn how to write, read, and count. She loves being with people and making friends.

In November, we put in new flooring (and other updates) in an apartment my brother owns and the moved in in the middle of the month. The house sold a few days later, so we’re moving out at the end of December. But it was a good break from the basement for a while.

At the end of November, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, which causes hyperthyroidism. This thankfully has not interrupted my life much at all.

We were able to buy a Honda Pilot in December, which fits our three kids a lot better than our Camry.

CONCLUSION:

To be honest, I am happy. I feel so incredibly blessed. A lot of hard things have happened, but, “I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness” (2 Nephi 4:19-20).

While we have had some afflictions, we have had so many good things. The Lord gave us strength. We were blessed financially. And, of course, there were many family and friends that helps us out by providing babysitting and meals and support. Thank you.

Life is good.

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