Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review of 2014 - January to May

SO HERE IT FINALLY IS . . . only 7 months late!  I've included this more for me than for any of my readers, just so that I have a bit of a "written record" of what 2014 was about for us; however, feel free to read on if you like . . . (there are two parts to this--today's post as well as a post on July 5, which covers the second half of the year 2014).

I know this is so cliche, but I cannot believe this year is coming to an end this week.

Where the time has gone, I'll never know . . . but what I do know is that for every moment that passes through the proverbial "sands of time", moments with my boys are passing by and I don't feel like I'm quite ready for this part of life to be over.  This past year proved a reality that I hadn't ever really fully grasped before--my boys are growing up.  I mean, I know they've always been growing physically, but for my older son, a new level of maturity has developed in his heart and soul.  It's a cool process to watch, but it also slaps me in the face and gives me the reality check that I don't want to know--he's reaching adulthood more quickly than I want him to.

Thankfully, so far, the teenage years have been an enjoyable experience for us.  Mitchell just turned 15 and Ty 13, so I know we still have a long road ahead, but for some reason, society, friends, my own observations, etc. led me to believe that once "teen" became part of the vocabulary, all hell was going to break lose.  That hasn't happened.  And I actually don't expect it to anytime soon.  My boys are very grounded and while I admit they have their "moments" (and believe me, I have mine too), this teenage era is actually pretty fun for the most part.

I know I don't write here that often any more . . . and believe it or not, part of the reason for that is because my boys are getting older and they need me more than my blog does . . . but I like to reflect on each year so that we at least have something recorded to reflect on in the future.  I love to read old posts and acknowledge God's obvious presence, protection and faithfulness in my life, and to reflect on how I've grown.  Sometimes I read my older posts and just shake my head at the woman I once was--and I'm sure I'll keep doing that as years go on--actually, I hope I do; because if I do, that means I'm growing.


So, back to the beginning of 2014.  Last January I was still recovering from my thyroglossal cyst surgery, and on January 9th I received the news from my surgeon that my surgery was successful--three benign cysts were removed, and the news I really needed to hear:  that my very pink and still quite swollen scar would be a "thin, white line" in a years' time.  Well, it hasn't quite made it to a "thin, white, line" . . . but it looks much better now than it did a year ago.  You be the judge:

                                  December 24, 2013                                   December 24, 2014

What's been amazing about reporting on this blog about my thyroglossal-cyst removal surgery is that I've been able to reach people all over the world as they've come to find answers about the surgery, and apparently writing about my experience has helped others through their own time of surgery and recovery.  I love how God has been able to use my own pain and discomfort to encourage others.
This is one of the benefits of technology and I love it when God can use it for His purposes.


Another medical challenge came my way in February . . . this time with regards to my eyes.  During a routine examination by my regular optometrist, he noticed that one of the routine retinal scans they perform at his office, indicated a "black spot" on my retina.  He was unable to make a diagnosis at my initial appointment, so I had to go back a few days later.  He needed to dilate my pupils and get a better look at the area in question.  At the second appointment, my optometrist discovered that yes, I did have a problem with my retina, which appeared to have the beginnings of a tear in it.  I had not experienced any symptoms, so I was thankful that technology was able to assist in diagnosing a minor thing that could have become severe very quickly.

I was referred to an eye specialist and by the end of February, had my first appointment with him.  From the time of my appointment with my regular eye doctor until my appointment with the specialist, the tear had become worse.  Again, I was very thankful for so many things, as God made appointments available in a timely manner, and I didn't have to wait long for this whole ordeal to be over.  In mid-March I had laser surgery to fix the retinal tear, and at my follow-up appointment a month later, the specialist gave me the good news that the surgery was successful.  The plus side is that if I notice anything weird going on with my eyes in the future, I can just by-pass my regular optometrist, skip the referral process, and book an appointment with my specialist as soon as possible.  I hope and pray that doesn't happen, but if it does, at least I will be able to fast-track the process.


I don't really think there's much to report about April, but May was the saddest month of 2014 for all of us.  Our beloved dog, only 7 years old, was killed in an unfortunate accident in our yard.  My husband accidentally drove over her.  We were all devastated.  Pepper was an amazing dog, but even more than that, she was a good friend.  For Mitchell especially, she gave unconditional love during a time in his life that he needed it most.  She was Ty's "skateboarding" companion and spent many, many hours with all of us doing various things in our yard.  It still brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes as I type these words about Pepper.  She is dearly missed.

Here are some pictures of us with her over the years . . .


Michelle said...

Dear Kimmy,

I was just thinking about you the other day as July rolled around, as that was when I met you at the airport a couple of years ago. I have been wondering how you and your family have been doing. I feel for you and your family as you grieve the loss of Pepper. It is so hard to lose an animal that becomes so intertwined within your daily life. We have an older cat who is ailing, and I am not looking forward to the day that anything happens to her, as all three of the kids have grown up with her and have used her as their reading buddy on many an occasion.

Time is really flying by. Matthew has graduated from the College of Engineering, has a job, and is getting married to a girl from our church this October. Lauren will be entering her second year of Engineering this upcoming fall and will be an RA in the dorms. Isaac, who seemed so little when we met you at the airport, has already started his Grade 1 work and is excelling at homeschooling. I keep trying to slow things down, but have not been successful in my endeavours.

As always, I enjoy reading anything you get a chance to write, even if your posts are spread out. Enjoy your summer! I wish you and your family all the best.

Kimmy said...

Oh, Michelle . . . thank you SO much for commenting! I cannot believe all the life changes that are happening for you--how exciting! Isaac is already in Grade 1?? Wow. And I love the fact that your kids are both in the line of engineering--my son Mitchell, who just finished grade 10 is thinking along those lines as well. He has excellent math and science marks, so after much consideration he's decided that he wants to use his skills and get a mechanical engineering degree. What area of specialty did your kids choose, or is it different for you in the States? What college do they attend, if I may ask?
I remember our meeting (I think about 3 years ago??) at the airport--that was actually a life highlight for me and I'm so glad we could make that work. I also still look at the Mac Lucado books you sent me as a surprise and I love the story behind that too! Take care, and please keep coming back to check if I've posted. I'm hoping to post more for the remainder of 2015--in fact I'm thinking of back-tracking and starting from January til now, just so that some things I want to write about are still fresh in my mind. However, I've only got so many hours in the day and so much cries for my attention, as you can well imagine.

~Rain``` said...

Thanks for this! It is great to get a summary of how God has been faithful and good to you in 2014.

michelle said...

I sent you a rather long email to respond to your post. Let me know if you don't receive it.

Kimmy said...

Hi, Michelle. Yes, I got the e-mail. THANKS SO MUCH! I did reply back via e-mail, so hopefully you got that also. :)

michelle said...

Yep. I got your email, but we have been out all weekend long, so I haven't had a chance to respond. I am hoping to get something back to you today or tomorrow at the latest.

Lovella said...

Kim, thanks for this "year in review" post. It was great and encouraging to read! Love you!!