Year 2014 in Review

I know that every year has its ups and downs for all of us, but I feel like 2014 was particularly jarring for my family on the scale of highs and lows. In some ways that was a great thing, and in many other ways it just plain sucked. Following is a quick year in review for those of you who are new to this space…

I had a fantastically amazing home birth with our son. 2014.01.12

My very favorite aunt died due to a horridly sad suicide. I miss her every day. 2014.01.13

My sister-in-law died on March 15th. I spent a lot of time grieving. Still do. 2014.03.15

We pulled the kids from a daycare I had grown increasingly unhappy with and hired a Nanny – the best decision ever for our kids. 2014.04.06

My maternal grandmother died after slowly losing her spark for life thanks to Alzheimer’s. 2014.06.11

I learned that being a little incompetent would go a long ways towards helping my husband’s skills & competence in parenting our children. 2014.06.25

Evidence Based Birth published their Waterbirth Safety article, including a picture of yours truly! 2014.07.10

I spent a lot of time decluttering my home. 

I took a 10 day vacation to Minnesota and spent a lot of time hanging out with both my family and my blog friends.

My husband and I took our first vacation without kids together since our honeymoon 6 years ago! 2014.09.29 Much needed.

I worked all year on losing the baby weight and regaining my health & fitness (always a work in progress). 2014.10.15

We moved our kids into a shared bedroom – and we pretty much love it! 2014.11.21

And finally, we spent the majority of the holiday season together as an extended family – both my side and Charlie’s side of the family. It’s truly the best thing we could have done in order to weather our first year together without Jaime.

A huge thanks to all of your who read and comment and support me. I couldn’t (wouldn’t) do it without all of you here…



  1. What a fantastic photo of you four!

    You’ve had a rough year… I think most people I know IRL and URL had a rough 2014. I hope that 2015 is better for you guys… It has to be!

  2. That’s a great pic. I know you’ve had a rough time with death in your family and I’m sorry. I really hope 2015 is better for you.

  3. lizr7108 · · Reply

    Happy New Year!! Hoping this is a great one for you.

  4. mcmissis · · Reply

    Next year will be better for you. It has to be.

    That picture is GORGEOUS.

  5. You definitely had a year of ups and downs. I hope 2015 is a great year for you and your family!

  6. What an intense year for your family. I hope 2015 brings you much joy and peace.

  7. It is almost always stunning to read back through a friend’s year in this way, to see in a capsule form all that they’ve enjoyed and endured. It was a year that gave much (oh, that picture of tiny Harvey!) and took away much (I get a lump in my throat when I see pictures of you and your SIL on FB, or recalling your aunt’s death happening so shortly after Harvey’s glorious birth).

    Happy new year, lady. Here’s to another chapter in this wild world…

  8. Seeing it all written out like this… seems impossible that one year could hold all that emotion, such joy and such pain. I hope that 2015 is full of the former and lacking in the latter. Happy New Year!

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