When I think back on 2015, I can't help but smile. It truly was a great year- maybe even our best so far. Like with any other span of time, we experienced both highs and lows.
The year began with a tragedy. Our nephew passed away after a brief - but sweet - 19 hour life. We were all heartbroken but found comfort in each other and the knowledge that we will see him again. I flew to Washington to attend the funeral and spend quality time with my sister-in-law.
Kylie celebrated her 7th birthday by having a super girly tea party with her closest friends.
The kids enjoyed the winter weather. Me, not so much.
Summer took a ballet class and loved every minute of it.
We celebrated Valentine's Day by going to a Butler basketball game.
Summer got her eyes checked and came home with the cutest little pair of pink glasses.
For Josh's birthday we went to a Pacer's game.
My older brother, Kyle, came to visit. Kylie's 1st grade class was pretty happy about that :)
Later, the rest of my family came down for a visit.
At 18 months Jackson became old enough to attend the nursery at church. Josh and I were so distraught by this.
The Final Four was held in Indianapolis this year so we headed downtown to support the Spartans.
Josh's company provided him a ticket to the championship game. While there he bumped into David "The Admiral" Robinson.
During Spring Break, my good friend from high school came to town for a few days. The kids adored him!
Kylie started her very first season of softball. She was so cute!
At the end of May we took our first ever for-no-good-reason family vacation to North Carolina. Our week at the beach was bookended with visits to see some of our very best friends. We LOVED it.
In June we visited my family in Michigan. As you can see it was time well spent.
The girls (Kylie, in particular) took an interest in sewing so we tackled some simple projects.
Kylie also became more comfortable on her bike without training wheels, which she rode any second she could.
The completion of the Indianapolis Temple brought some of our favorite people to town.
Kylie started 2nd grade and Summer celebrated her 5th birthday.
We bought our first house and were thrilled that we could finally put down roots somewhere! Our sweet friends from church threw us a going-away party.
Summer started pre-K at a new school. It took her a few months to feel comfortable but she's finally warmed up. She loves it!
My brother, Kramer, came down for a visit. The usual chaos ensued.
And some of our favorite memories were created in our very own backyard.
In October Josh and I attended the wedding of a really good friend of mine.
We geared up for Halloween and enjoyed unseasonably warm weather.
In November we took a moment to stop and count our blessings.
The girls bit the bullet and got their ears pierced.
My brother stopped by on his way up to Michigan. He taught Kylie a few magic tricks.
Our good friends also stopped by on their way to visit family for Thanksgiving. Shortly afterwards, we followed suit.
We spent the month of December soaking up the Christmas season. Summer participated in a Christmas program at her school, where she learned sign language to "Away in a Manger."
We spent a week in Houston visiting a couple of Josh's siblings and their families.
I feel so blessed as I reflect on this last year. We filled our time with meaningful activities, our home with memories, and our hearts with love. It doesn't get much better than that.