As I sit here and think back on 2013, I am happy that I finally get to write a year review filled with such wonderful things. I think most of you can guess what the biggest addition and best thing to ever happen to us was......BEE!!!! Surprised? No, I know you aren't. Hands down, that little girl has been the, I can't even really find the words to describe how amazing she is. She has truly given us our life back. We still have cloudy days but so many days are now filled with sun. She has changed us, she has helped us grow, she has given me a kind of love I never knew was imaginable. She just rocks.
Secondly, I set out to do something big for the boys Birthdays this year. I planned on raising money to donate to World Vision between September 5th and October 15th (their birthdays) We were blessed to be able to donate 2 goats, 1 sheep, 2 hens and a rooster, 2 piglets and 10 fruit trees.
However, as big as that was, Ty and Jacob had something else up their sleeve. As I sit and write this, I am still dealing with viral post #2. It wasn't as big as the first one, but it was still pretty big. When I posted my story on Birth Without Fear, I did it really for me. I never in a million years imagine it would have went viral. As of today, my post has over 850,000 likes, 250,000 shares and 76,000 comments. Our video has over 250,000 views and I have thousands of messages (of which I am still trying to read through) .
Thanks to our story going viral, we got to experience the trip of a lifetime. We were contacted by the producers at The Doctors TV Show who wanted to fly us out to California to appear on the show. The trip was simply amazing. As scared, terrified and horrified at the thought of flying was, I am glad I forced myself to get on that plane because we needed it. We needed to be away with no responsibilities for a few days. California was beautiful, it was overwhelmingly refreshing. Bee adjusted to the time change well, as did we. She pretty much rocked the entire vacation just hanging in her Mei Tai. We indulged in some delicious food, saw some amazing sights and had a great time filming our episode of The Doctors and meeting everyone there. It was also very neat to see our episode air on the TV. Still feels like it didn't happen but the memories and pictures are there. We'd like to go back.
Thanks to the Doctors TV show, we also received a 5 night 6 day stay in Riviera Maya at a 5 diamond resort. We plan on taking our trip either in the spring or fall.
After working hard for a year and a half, Stephen also received a much deserved promotion. He went from being an assistant to a property manager. He loves his job and does so well at it. I am very proud of him and all his hard work to provide for this family.
Then there was the onslaught of beautiful Rainbow babies being born starting with Bee and ending with Miss C. In total there were 7 rainbow babies born this year from our most recent bereaved families group. All arrived healthy and are doing well. We were blessed to become godparents to little mister A.
We officially celebrated a year in our new apartment. It was truly a much needed move and we are so happy in our new home. Not only does it feel like a home but it has a washer and dryer, no mouse issues, it has heat and no deadly stairs! Plus the added bonus of being in an amazing location and a dishwasher. I have become quite fond of our neighbourhood and discovered some yummy local markets close to us.
I've also been able to lose most of the baby weight. I have conquered Bee's and Jacobs and have a bit left over from Ty. I didn't force myself to do anything I didn't want to, just watched what I ate and got out for almost daily walks with Bee (which right now winter sucks so it's been hard)
As blessed as we have been, we've had our struggles as well. I was officially diagnosed with PTSD and GAD in July. I have been trying to get on the path of healing but have found it very difficult until we took matters into our own hands. But, due to limited finances, we had to discontinue that and now I wait to get in to see a specialist but it will take time (I love free health care, but it does come at the cost of time sometimes).
I did however, discover acupuncture which has been a blessing. It truly helps my PTSD and GAD and allows me to keep them under control. This is one thing I have to keep up and thankfully, I found a place that pay is based on what you can afford so I will be able to continue my much needed treatments. I do highly recommend acupuncture to anyone who has anxiety. I hate needles but I was willing to try anything and now I simply am addicted to it.
Due to my inconsistency in care, at the present time I am unable to return to work. I am thankful my husband understood that I could not return and though we are now going to be on one income come January (and scrambling to figure out how to make ends meet) we know it will work because we will make it work, somehow. We've survived the last three years and we'll survive the next three years.
Only have one major hiccup for this year, Id say it was an amazing year. Stephen and I have decided that 2014 will be about us, not only as a couple but as individuals. I'm excited to see what 2014 brings, I just hope it doesn't bring homelessness with it.
Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine