Merry Christmas from the Bennett’s!
2015 has been a significant year for our family.
On April 26th, our newest member entered the world, little Emily Rose.
True to all three of my birth experiences, she came in a hurry! In fact, it was only by God’s mercy that we even made it to the hospital. Although I was 9.5 cm dilated (a rapid and furious process), my water had not broken, which is what I believe kept her in there!
I will never forget the way the admitting nurse called an audible after assessing me and discovering my late stage of labor. The ensuing swarm of hospital people around me was a relief, and they worked like a well-oiled machine to see that I was fully processed, set up and ready to go before I could put two thoughts together. I was even able to get an epidural thanks to a very compassionate, available and efficient group of hospital staff, which was a significant blessing in my eyes!
Praise God for the safe arrival of this healthy, content, peaceful baby and for all His mercies along the way!
Mitch turned 30
And he is rocking it, with his army of adorable little people and awesome wife by his side (if I do say so myself… 😉 )
He’s still on staff with our church as a TechArts Video Broadcast Director or some such title, and in addition does freelance family and real estate photography, as well as freelance video production and editing.
Basically he has more marketable skills than we can keep up with!
Adjusting to life as a family of 5
We love our Emily! Her arrival has changed our lives a lot. Going from two to three kids has been a significant shift, for me especially. I’m now much busier during the days and more attached to home. I also don’t mind that, which is a shift in and of itself. I’ve pulled back from many other commitments, and I’m loving and embracing being a mom more than ever.
The two big kids are now 4.5 and 2.5 years old. Both of them started two mornings a week of preschool this fall, which has been SUCH a good thing for me and everyone. They are thriving in those classes, and I love how Christ-centered their preschool is.
I hit a stride with my blogging this year as I’ve come to realize how passionate I am about both writing and leadership. Although I put in a lot of uncompensated hours, I am very motivated and fulfilled. Over the summer I attended a blogging conference, and I’ve made some significant connections and friendships with other bloggers this year. Many pieces seem to be falling into place, and I’m set to launch my first eCourse in early 2016. (eek!)
My big-picture hope is to generate a part-time income through my blog –and this month, for the first time, I was able to “pay myself” enough to finish funding our bathtub/bathroom repair project! (the kids have been taking showers in the master bathroom for 10 months now).
So it’s gratifying to feel like I’m contributing. I see myself blogging long term. It’s crazy how much I love it! Thank you to each and every one of you who read and support this blog in various ways!
The last thing I’d like to leave you with is a little video made by my kids and their cousins. My mother-in-law had the vision for this, and, last month, we made it a reality!
May Christ be the center of your celebration this holiday season and your lives and homes in the coming year and always!
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