Let me begin by saying 2016 was a very trying year.The year began with setting into a new job, which was a great change for me from the previous year. In February, one of my great fears came to life and my sweet family dog, Alex, passed away. I had grown up with him from age 9 on and although I was trying to mentally prepare myself (he was 16, after all), we were all caught off guard when he got sick at the end of January. I wanted to be with him when he went and it was one of the most horrible things I have ever experienced. Many people may not understand it, but I lost a member of my family that day.
Chris and I started looking at homes at the end of January and by March, we had made the big purchase. This was equally terrifying and amazing. Buying a home together was probably the biggest decision we had made together and we definitely butted heads a bit during the whole process.The rest of winter went by without incident, and by spring I was beginning to get very overwhelmed with work. I eventually figured out a routine that would reduce my stress while maintaining my quality of work and things eventually got better. After living in a rental and working on our house for a few months, we finally moved in in May and the first step we took into our home to move stuff in, we noticed we had a leak. Six days later, part of the ceiling in our kitchen caved in. This brought us quickly into the reality of being a homeowner.
Not long after we moved in, my parents sold my childhood home and moved into a condo. It has been so nice to have them closer but leaving my home was very difficult. Throughout the summer, we had various wedding events (we were in two weddings two weeks apart) and baby shower events (my sister and brother-in-law are adopting!). Finally in September, Chris and I went on a much needed vacation to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Unfortunately, this trip was cut short by the loss of my father-in-law which was completely unexpected and completely terrible. Chris and I left our trip early and spent the next several days involved in funeral arrangements. Though I didn’t lose my own dad, watching my in-laws and husband go through this loss was heartbreaking. It’s been over three months, and sometimes the pain still catches me off guard. I am so grateful that my sister-in-law’s wedding was a month before and that we were able to experience that with Steve. October brought birthdays and happier times and I felt like Chris and I were really settling into our home. We had an absolutely beautiful autumn in Ohio and it continued on into November. I’m typing this right before Christmas, and I cannot wait to spend time with my family and enjoy some time relaxing and enjoying the company of those I love most.
As we approach January 1st and 2017, I look forward to putting 2016 behind me (I can’t be the only one that feels that way, right) and all the exciting things that are to come in the new year. My sister and brother-in-law are set to adopt their baby in the beginning of February and our family is so looking forward to having a baby in the family. In May, Chris and I are taking our dream vacation to Copenhagen, which will be a highlight of our 11 years together (not to far from that little thing called marriage). From there, the rest of the year is a mystery, but I hope that there are more ups than downs. Cheers.