2015 Year End Review

Sadly, I have not posted in a year. As my kids have gotten older, I have less to blog about. But, I still love to keep this little “journal” for myself.

04.15.2015 Kenzie got her license
Since Kenzie got very ill in 2013, she spent 2014 recovering and trying to regain her strength. Her illness delayed her driver’s ed completion. In April 2015, Kenzie took her driving test and PASSED! I now have 3 licensed drivers.

IMG_5667Fifteen days after getting her driver’s license, Kenzie turned 17.

IMG_5618.JPGAlso, this little fella joined our family in April. His name is Batman and he chose Kenzie to be his “person.”

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IMG_5726We were blessed to have my parents, Jim and Elaine Taylor, our lifelong friend, Kelly Scruggs (who manages to stay behind the camera), and our precious friends, Don and Donna Patton join us to celebrate Briley’s graduation from high school. Big brother, Blaine, also came home for the celebration. We are so proud of Briley and pray many blessings on his future endeavors.

IMG_5745I feel so blessed to have had all three of my chicks in the nest for Mother’s Day.

IMG_5793A week after Mother’s Day, Blaine left to work his 2nd summer at Frontier Camp.

IMG_5837The next week, Briley left to work his 2nd summer at Frontier Camp.

IMG_5833He has always had a style all his own. 🙂

As the school year was winding down, we began to see God at work to move us. We were very surprised when He asked us to step out of our (my) comfort zone (aka, BFF radius), and move to Maryland. So, June found us saying goodbye to some great friends and moving to the East Coast, all while our boys are at camp.

IMG_6165The boys were very thoughtful and made a trip back to San Antonio to see us before we moved. This was also Father’s Day weekend.

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After 21 months, Kenzie got her braces removed! (Top pics: Sept. 19, 2013 – Bottom pics: June 16, 2015)

IMG_6135And, true to her faithful nature, my BFF made one last trip to SA to visit before we moved. I love you, Kelly!!!!!

As June was winding down, it was time to bid our “see you later’s.”
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I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with these wonderful ladies! I was hand-picked by the high school principal to work as the Registrar in the Guidance Office. I was so excited about this job but I was worried if the ladies would resent being chosen by the principal without the Guidance Counselor interviewing me first. Little did we all know the bond that God would create within us. I love these ladies so much! My Registrar days are some of my very favorite because of these ladies! Thank you for accepting me into the SACS family.

IMG_6147I do not have words to express how much these two mean to our family. Don and Donna Patton have such a special place in our hearts. We are all Sooners and will be friends forever! We love you!!!

Traveling Days
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Day 1: Texas to Arkansas (June 28, 2015)

Day 2Day 2: Arkansas to Tennessee (June 29, 2015)

IMG_6425Day 3: Tennessee to Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2015)
We are thankful that our animals were such good travelers. They are happy as long as they are with us. Well, the cat didn’t appreciate being trapped up, but he survived.

IMG_6443Moving in day: Silver Spring, MD (July 1, 2015)

Everything about this move was just amazing. I will admit, I was very apprehensive about moving so far away from family and friends. But, with every one of my, “But what about….,” God moved and worked things out far beyond anything I could ever have imagined. God is so good and cares about all of my “but what about….”s.

IMG_3234I love working in the school environment, but since my husband is the Head of School, I can not work at Forcey Christian School. However, God did provide me with a job at Forcey Bible Church as the Student Ministries Assistant. A type of job that I have done before, with flexible hours, and I am in the same building as my husband. Again, God is so good!

IMG_0116Kenzie’s last first day of school. She will finish out her senior year homeschooling. She also is working at Forcey Christian as a lunch aide. She LOVES working with “her children.”

IMG_2841Todd’s first day of school as Head of School at Forcey Christian School

IMG_0441.JPGI love these three!!!!

IMG_0440In San Antonio, we lived just 10 minutes from Chuy’s. We were very spoiled. Now, we are 45 minutes away from the closest Chuy’s. We made the drive for my birthday. It was totally worth it.

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After 25 months, Briley got his braces removed!!! (Top pics: Sept. 19, 2013 – Bottom pics: Oct. 30, 2015)

November brought us a visit from Kelly!!! We were all super excited to have her with us! Over the 8 days that she was here, we did a lot of exploring: Downtown Silver Spring, Arlington Cemetery, Hershey, Gettysburg, Georgetown, Potomac Mills Mall, DC and National Harbor.

Found some good BBQ!

With our personal photographer in town, we were also able to squeeze in Kenzie’s senior pictures and our annual family pictures.

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So very Thankful for my family and for all of God’s blessings!

IMG_1549On December 2, we celebrated 19 years of The Briley Landers Experience!

IMG_1702December 15 – Dilation #8

IMG_1845On December 22, we celebrated Blaine’s 21st birthday!

IMG_1608I just love this picture. Hashbrown did NOT appreciate our Christmas decorations taking up space in HIS window. LOL

Christmas 2015:

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Side note: we spend 9 years in Texas with warm Christmas’. When we moved to Maryland, we just KNEW we’d have a cold Christmas. Nope! It was colder in Oklahoma on Christmas than in Maryland. How did that happen?!

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These moments warm my heart so much!

The last big thing that has happened in our family this year was when Briley decided it was time to move back to Texas. He left on December 29. My momma’s heart is so sad and misses him so much! It is hard on me having my 19 year old live 1,441 miles away. But, I know he is ready to try his wings and that he is strong enough to be successful. I am grateful that he is surrounded by lots and lots of good friends! Find your wings, Buddy, and I’ll cheer as you fly!

2015 brought us some pretty big, unexpected changes. I never ever imagined that I would be living on the east coast, however, I am so grateful to be here during this time of our lives. We are close to so many good doctors that Kenzie needs to see right now. Isn’t that cool?! Plus, we have already made some really great friends. We love our jobs and our church. I am singing in choir and praise team again, which I love. Even when God brings changes that aren’t part of “my” plan, I know that His ways are best and I put my faith and trust in Him. God is good!

We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2016!!!

shellysnowman

P.S. As always, Family and Friends are always welcome to come see us! You have a free place to stay and there are lots of things to do for free up here!!!!

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