This year has been one of change and growth for our family. While at times we can see change as a hard or bad thing, most of the time we can benefit from these changes in our lives. From the changes that happen in our lives we are forced to change our habits and beliefs. It is up to the individual whether or not these new circumstances will effect a change for the better. Many times we are resistant to change and we try to keep things they way they have been. While this resistance can come with good intentions, it can have negative effects if we do not accept these new changes.
This year was a fun experience for me overall, but I had one of the more difficult times in my life in the first half of the year. On March 23, while I was playing basketball I injured my knee pretty bad. I tore my ACL, MCL and my meniscus and had surgery to repair these ligaments. I was in bed for about a month and a half. I had a lot of time to think and take inventory of my life. While there were days that were hard, it was good to have this time to myself. I was able to come to a better realization of how blessed I am and that things can always be worse than what they currently are. I was able to come to understand who and what is important in my life. When I was able to go back to work, I went back with a better appreciation for my work and those I work with. While I went through the hardest time in my life in years, I was able to turn that around and come out of it with a perspective that has motivated me to do better and will continue to do so.
After 11 years of employment with JetBlue Airways, Rachelle took a new job at American Express. This was a difficult decision to make as she really enjoyed JetBlue and the people she worked with. However, she was able to recognize that this move would not only benefit her, but her family. Now that she has been with American Express for four months, she is able to see that this is the best place for her. She enjoys her job in the fraud department and is relishing the new challenges she is faced with every day. Rachelle is still the Young Women’s president in our ward and enjoys serving, with her counselors and teachers, the youth.
Aidan turned 12 this year and he is growing and changing in all areas of his life. He is one of the tallest kids in his class. His voice is on the back end of changing and we have enjoyed poking fun at him during the past few months. He finished elementary school in June and started middle school in August. Aidan continues to do well in school and is picking up the advanced concepts being taught in his classes. He has started playing the baritone in the music band and continues piano lessons. He has had two band performances so far this year and performed really well. Aidan was ordained a deacon in June and has served honorably in his callings.
Amelia had her ninth birthday this year and started fourth grade in August. She does well in school and excels in math. Amelia and one of her friends in class compete against each other in their math work to see who finishes first and who gets the best score. Amelia too, is growing fast and is the tallest fourth grader in school. Amelia takes piano lessons, ballet lessons, and is playing Jr. Jazz basketball and she scored two baskets in her last game; a big improvement from last year. Amelia loves to read and has started writing her own stories about wolves, unicorns and even zombies!
With all these changes and growth in our family this year, we are much better off as individuals and as a family. We have learned this past year that we are in control of how we react to the changes that occur in our lives and this attitude can determine whether or not we are successful. We are looking forward to a new year of changes and improvements. We believe that while our lives will be challenging and difficult at times, “that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (Doctrine and Covenants Sec. 122).
Here’s some more pics from the year: