2015 was by far the hardest year ever for us Shipley's. We had more ups and downs than a mega roller coaster. But, we survived. And, we continue to survive despite the downward although roughly level slope we continue on as 2016 begins.
Recounting the past year serves as a way to continue to be thankful to the Lord for getting us through, a chance to remember that we held tighter to each other, and that we endured more than we thought possible.
Compared to other families, I am sure that our year was merely a "Drop in the bucket," but for us, it was the hardest 12 months the four of us have ever dealt with. And, perhaps a time will come that will be harder. But, I think we the practice we were given in faith in 2015 will likely at least prepare us for any all future struggles.
Daddy needs a new job--fast!
Daddy has a new job! Yea!
We have to move to Virginia Beach.
No more Middle School for Gracie
We are staying in Mechanicsville
We are going to have a baby!
Kids leave mommy for first time to stay solo in a whole other state!
We joined the church.
It's a Boy!
Thomas starts 1st Grade without his best friend.
Gracie starts Middle School--the hardest chapter of her life so far.
Daddy needs a new job--faster!
Daddy gets a new job.
Welcome James Tobias Shipley.
I think that the statement that most defines me, and us this year is this: " I will praise Him in this storm."
2015 gave way to many, many storms in our life, and I would like to think that we held on to our faith, our God and each other; although not always with absolute grace and nobility--through all the storms that we passed through.