Christmas 2014 in Pictures

I have so many drafts of posts in process (including Emmy’s 11 months and 12 months posts) but I wanted to get this special post up. We have enjoyed Christmas 2014 so very much, and we are SO thankful for everything that has transpired this season and every day in 2014. It has been an incredibly challenging, but also very rewarding and wonderful year. So I wanted to do a quick “post in pictures” of all our happenings from December 9 through to the New Year!

December 9, 2014 – I completed and passed my final summative piece of PA school, confirming my ability to walk with my class during graduation and long white coat ceremonies, despite having one rotation left. THIS was a very big deal to me – I started with my class in August 2012, and I was determined to walk with them at graduation, even though I had to take some time off for maternity leave. And it worked out that way, Praise God! Before the official ceremonies, we celebrated as a class at Raleigh Brewing Co. complete with pizza and a slideshow!
1December 12-13, 2014 – Long White Coat Ceremony & PA Program Graduation
The long awaited day had finally arrived when I would receive my Long white coat.  I’ve come a long way since getting my Short white coat in August 2012!  I had no idea I would be graduating with a 14-month-old when I started this program but I am so thankful for HIS plans for me! :)

2December 14, 2014 – We played at Carter’s Playce for my nephew Dane’s 5th birthday party! Emmy insisted on sitting at the table with the big kids. She is so growny! The next day, we picked out a tree from the Country fruit stand and then had major toddler meltdowns with the strands of lights during the decorating process.  We also had some fun with them, too. :)

3December 18. 2014 – We had a family fun day! We started out the day in Bass Pro Shops to get our picture taken with Santa.  This was our third attempt at meeting/sitting with Santa, and it was the third time Emmy hated it!  Bless her heart. She loved the shopping though, and tried to pick up a little electric four wheeler all by herself. Tough Girl!

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After Bass Pro shops, we headed to Marbles Kids Museum!  It was Emmy’s first trip to Marbles, and she loved it!  She especially loved the little mini corvette, the bassinets with the babies and blankets (she kept taking wrapping them up) and the painting area!

5Since this was my first time to marbles, I had no idea that Keith Norval painted the stools in the creative arts area! I LOVE him and even own one of his pieces!

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The following days were filled with more shopping, taking home our sweet crafts from daycare, our first Christmas celebration at the Pearson Open House and mommy practicing some of her clinical skills on Emmy.

6December 21, 2014 – Emmy was an angel in the church Christmas play.  Last year she was Baby Jesus.  We were even more proud of this year’s performance!

IMG_0656December 24, 2014 – We celebrated Christmas Eve with Gigi, Aunt Lindsey, Scott, cousins Karis and Brannon, Aunt Joanna and Uncle Drake and then Christmas Eve night we celebrated with the Sullivan clan!  It was such a fun day/night and Emmy loved all the attention, food, and time with family.  I loved seeing Dustin’s face as he opened a new lens from his mom!  He got so excited and was completely surprised.  The best :)

7December 25, 2014 – Merry Christmas!  We celebrated with our little family by opening gifts and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus, then we went to my parent’s for lunch and dinner.  Emmy had so much fun playing with her cousin Dane!

8December 26-28, 2014 – We went to the Valley Creek Lights show in Clayton and Emmy was mesmerized! We also spent the days after Christmas lounging, spending time with family, and celebrating cousin North’s baby dedication! We even got a chance to cook some of the ribeye steaks we won in Dirty Santa :)

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We have loved these last few days together before going back to my FINAL rotation and back to work for Dustin.  I’ve had two additional job interviews during my time off so I’m praying for that situation as well!  We spent New Years Eve riding around on our new golf cart (so fun) and went to dinner at Kobe where Emmy devoured her hibachi chicken and shrimp.  She is a good little eater!  I also cherish the time we spent with friends over the holidays, including my dear friends Matt and Amy who live in Baltimore but were in town for the holidays, and my sweet friend Averi and her almost one-year-old Georgia Mac!

1011In many ways I am sad to see this year go.  I loved watching Emmy grow up from a baby to a little toddler over the last few months and I am going to miss these milestones, for sure.  But we also look forward to what 2015 will bring and pray for health, happiness and a peace that can only come from Jesus!

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Chosen Child Adoption Auction

Hey blog friends!  I just wanted to write a quick post about an awesome event going on TODAY, November 4th and continuing through SUNDAY, November 7th – the Chosen Child Adoption Auction! The auction is being held by an organization called Worthy Of The Prize, which helps raise money for families going through the adoption process, including my sweet friends Justin and Tara McLamb.  If you aren’t from the area, you may not be as familiar with their story, but their journey/story/TESTIMONY during the adoption process has been simply miraculous and touched by the hand of our Savior completely.  Just two short days ago their adoption was finalized and literally thousands of prayers were answered! Sweet baby Zane is officially theirs! And they are great examples of why this auction is so important!

ALL proceeds will go to the 18 adoption families that WOTP sponsors,  including the sweet and wonderful McLamb family and their newest addition, Zane!!

If you are not familiar with the Worthy of The Prize adoption ministry, click HERE for more info!

The auction will be held TOMORROW-SUNDAY (November 4-7, 2010) online at worthyoftheprize.com!

Just in time for Christmas shopping!!

Please stop by and bid on these FABULOUS items:

Adoption Rocks T-shirt
Africa T-shirt
BeautiControl Spa Manicure Gift SetBlog Re-Design
Bundle of Bows #1
Bundle of Bows #2
Child’s Tee
Customized Cards
Diaper Bag
Doll Gift Certificate
Fit Band and Fit Cards
Hand-Stamped Necklace
“Hope” Stamped Wood Ornament 
I Love Africa T-shirt
IPhone/IPod Touch Wristlet
“I Will Not Leave You As Orphans” Stamped Wood Ornament
Ladies Tee
Mary Kay Makeup Set
Mary Kay Skincare Set
Matching Necklace & Earrings Set
Mommy & Me BLESSED T-shirts 
Mommy & Me Prayer Journals
My Little Superhero Cape
Painting
Photo Session
“Pray for Africa” Stamped Wood Ornament
Sara Groves/Danen Kane Autographed 3-CD Pack
Scentsy Warmer
School Years Scrapbook
Silver Locket
Team Bling Shoes
Thirty-One Gifts Fold-And-Go Organizer
Vera Bradley Wristlet
Website Development