December 1st, I started off trying to attempt to run a half marathon in Spicewood Vineyards with my friends. I had not prepared for it as well as I had prepared for the one in April. Yet we were still going to run for fun.
Also, lessen learned that the only port-a-porty was just past mile one and a half. Girls, especially moms, need bathroom breaks. Hmmmmmm. Don't try to hold it for another 8 or so miles.
December had more challenges in store. We took them one chunk and one day at a time because that was the only way I personally could. Driving back from Kansas, I loved see all the Texas flags. It felt like a real welcome home. I don't like leaving my own home very often. I've been at peace with the home I have with my family.
Jake had to go to New Mexico for work and the same week we contacted the stomach flu. I also had to have a failed root canal tooth extracted (for dang near over two hours.) I was in pain for two weeks. Then just as I felt okay from that, we all got hit with the flu / strep / and anything else. I actually contacted both strains of the flu and I was on my bed for a week. I tried to finish my Christmas shopping but I would go out and cry because my body ached so bad. We finally finished Christmas Eve at 3:30 pm.
Fortunately we had a great Christmas, although it was a little rough and achy. I did get a new family picture ornament on with another one that represented the year but not good enough pictures. I owe everything to the five friends who while Jacob was out of town and then while I was sick, brought yummy dinners and soups by that made it possible to survive. That to me was all I needed for Christmas. My friends are true friends with true gifts and I truly love them.
We still recovered by New Years and had a great party at a friend's house. Now I'm off to start the new year right. (and get caught up!) So to all of those I missed during the Holiday Seasons, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are so excited for what the Lord has in store for us to learn and grow on. Love y'all.