I love these three little people more than words can express
Well, at the end of January, we finally got our first real snow, which is just crazy for living in New England!
I didn't mind not having snow, since that meant Jake was home instead of out plowing!
But on Saturday, the snow started in the morning and continued on throughout the day. Since we weren't getting too much (just a few inches), Jake didn't have to go in to plow until it stopped snowing, so he was home with us all day!
Once there was enough on the ground, we all bundled up in our snow gear, grabbed 2 sleds, and headed out to the hill at the elementary school around the corner. We all had so much fun sledding! It was so fun having Jake home while it was snowing- that almost never happens!
Honestly, where does it go?
Do you know what I was doing today? Filling out Lily's kindergarten registration. Yikes! When did my little Lily become big enough to go off to elementary school?
Tomorrow is another reminder of time and how it goes by too quickly.
Tomorrow, Jake and I will celebrate our 6th anniversary!
Our anniversary always brings up some mixed emotions. I feel so blessed and thankful to have spent 6 years married to my best friend. I pray that we will celebrate another 60 anniversaries together. But it also brings back the hard memories of 6 years ago and where our lives were at then- pregnant, super quick wedding, strained family relationships, my entire world flipped upside down.
When our anniversary rolls around, it's hard not to remember those hard times, and I still look back at them with sadness. But I also rejoice for the life that Jake and I have created together. We have gone through a number of really difficult times together, but they have only brought us closer and made our love and marriage stronger. We have a blessed life, and it is only the way it is now because of the trials we went through years ago.
I still can not believe that it was 6 years ago- seems like the blink of an eye.
But I wouldn't change a thing.
I just wish that time would slow down a bit so that the next time I blink, it's not all over.
Well, he did it!
|Jake and his Chief (Sorry for the bad indoor pictures...)|
On Wednesday, Jake graduated from fire academy.
I am so proud of him! He worked so hard and it paid off. He is a great firefighter and was the one firefighter chosen by the instructors to receive the Martin H. McNamara Outstanding Student Award for demonstrating outstanding commitment and excellence! My cheeks hurt by the end of the night from smiling so much- I am so proud of him!
|Jake and his Chief, receiving his award|
|Jake with one of his instructors, who made a huge impact on Jake|
Jake is such a hard worker and takes his jobs very seriously. I know that he will never give less than 100% when he goes out on a call or is working at the station.
|Me and Jake with his Chief|
But, reality is starting to set in for me. My husband is a firefighter. In the past month, 2 firefighters have died in Massachusetts. I tend to be a worrier, and this has definitely added a bit of worry. I have been praying a lot, for Jacob's safety and protection, but also for my mind and heart to be at ease. To trust that this is what Jake is supposed to be doing. Well, I actually don't have any doubt that this is what Jake should be doing. He is a great firefighter and even better, he really loves it. It really suits him well and just seems like it's the perfect fit.
So, I really need to keep praying for help letting go of my fears and to be okay with whatever the future holds. Firefighting is a dangerous job, and I have a hard time controlling where my mind goes when I am afraid. Of course my worst fear is losing Jake and how I could handle life without him by my side. But, knowing that this is where we are supposed to be, and knowing that God is in control and is always watching over us and caring for us, that is enough to help me push my worries to the side.
I am so proud of Jake and I know that he is really going to make a difference and help so many people. I am also so happy that he has really found something that he loves and could possibly turn into a full time career for him.
But now, we are celebrating Jake's graduation and we are loving having him home so much more now that he is done with academy!
I love you Jacob and I am SO proud of you!!