I found it hard to get excited for 2014....because quite frankly 2013 was a REALLY hard year, and if I'm losing a child to kick off this year, how in the world is 2014 going to be any better?! I noticed that all of my hopes were on things I had absolutely no control over. I can't change Anneliese's diagnosis, I can't change how soon I can get pregnant again after having her, and I can't change the fact that 2014 will end and Jillsie still won't have a sibling here with her.
So, this year we are hoping for hope! We are focusing on the things we CAN control. Doing fun projects, growing closer to each other and our Heavenly Father, making fun vacation plans for the future, and trusting that we CAN get through this trial stronger than we were before. We can't change the past, and we can't control much of the future. . . But we can control how we act and grow through this experience. So we are hoping for hope this year!