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A Year That Changed My Life, 2013 At a Glance

Updated on February 20, 2014

A Roller Coaster Kind of Year!

Pain, surgery, birth, love, reunited, happiness, SURPRISE, shock, fear, excitement, bad news, sorrow, pain, death, hope, love, 2013.

2013 was a very emotional year for me and my family. The words above only begin to touch on the array of feelings I went through this past year. From the birth of my son, to finding out I'm pregnant again just 5 short months later, to the death of my mother-in-law, 2013 truly has had its ups and downs for me! I'm sure there are a lot of people in similar situations as mine. If that is you, then I hope you can find some kind of peace and happiness in 2014! I have written a timeline for the year, and would like to share my 2013 at a glance with you.

2013 At a Glance

January 2013

On this day God blessed me with a precious son. I never knew what true love really was until my eyes met his in the delivery room. He was born healthy and happy, and for that I was truly thankful. I was so excited to have my first son, I never imagined what a joy it would be. He is the light of our life, and the sparkle in our eyes.

I love him more than words could say. In January of 2013 he joined our family, and now I couldn't imagine life without him. He has always been a great and happy baby, and has had a great temperament. The beginning of my year was truly a wonderful one, welcoming my first child into my life. It was such an exciting time and a wonderful way to start the year off.

photo credits (text added to roller coaster picture) Teemu008

roller coaster intro picture: Photo credit: Care_SMC

February 14th 2013

A message reunited me with my high school sweetheart

I was reunited with my high school sweetheart after being apart for nearly 8 years! Truthfully, I had always missed him and never stopped loving him. I always though about his well being, his family, and wondered if he ever thought about me too.

Last year on Valentines Day, a sweet simple message lead into a wonderful reunification with my true love. I found out that he too, had been missing and thinking of me.

He is such an amazing person, unlike any other. He took my son in as his own, and has been an amazing father to him, for which I could not be more thankful for. I couldn't be happier with my new family!

Here is a picture of us back in high school. t seems like just yesterday, but nearly 10 years have passed! I am so happy that we found each other again, and I'm looking forward to our future together. This was definitely another highlight of my year!

Me and my boys!
Me and my boys!

SUPRISE

I'm Pregnant- back to back pregnancy

I never planned on getting pregnant when Jr. was 5 months old, but despite being on birth control, late June a bold positive told me It was round 2 with this baby-maker!

I was so scared when I found out, because I felt unready and I definitely didn't expect to have a back to back pregnancy. I didn't think I could handle raising two babies at the same time. I was afraid that having another child was going to take away from my current child.

But these are common concerns and worries, and after a while the excitement set in and I was looking forward to having two babies close in age that could grow and play with each other!

My mom shared with me some thoughts that really helped me to see that I had nothing to be afraid of. She told me I'm an excellent mother, and that if anyone can manage two babies back to back, it would be me. She reminded me that I had plenty of resources, a big enough home, enough money, enough love, enough time.

She pointed out that I had a break in between, the whole pregnancy! Some mothers have twins, triplets, heck even people nowadays have octuplets! So really my worries of two back to back babies, were only a drop in the bucket! I really respect and appreciate my mother for always helping me find the positive things in life, when I am feeling discouraged.

So now I thoroughly look forward to having my second baby. I know that it will give my son a nice playmate, and our family has plenty of love to go around!

I found out I am going to be outnumbered, because I am having another BOY! Two little boys, a blessing no doubt!

Mary and I 2013
Mary and I 2013

Excitement, then Sorrow

As you can imagine everyone was very excited to find out we were having another baby. Especially Eddie's mom, Mary! She was very happy for us, and I'm sure she was looking forward to all the grandmotherly things!

Unfortunately Mary got sick around August 2013, and we all thought she had bronchitis. However, after awhile she got worse and they decided to look further into what was causing her ailments.

Nobody expected for her to be diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer! It was the most sad, terrible, heartbreaking thing. Eddie was very close to his mother, and I felt so helpless in what to say or do. I just prayed.

Yet despite lots of prayers, and a whole lot of hope, Mary did not make it and passed away only a couple months after being diagnosed. I still hurt every time I think about her, and the grandsons she will not be able to be there for. I know she'll be watching over us, but I would give anything for her to be around again!

Carrie Underwood- See You Again

This song is dedicated to Mary, my future mother-in-law, who passed away in 2013. I think this is a great song to remember our lost loved ones and I hope you all enjoy it!

Reflections of 2013

In closing

This year has obviously been a very emotional year for our family. We've had very many blessings though, so I look back on 2013 with many different feelings. There is no greater excitement than having a child, finding your way back to true love, and finding out your expecting another special baby.

Then you think about the ones you have lost, my mother-in-law for example. It saddens me to no end that she will not be apart of our life anymore, or our childrens. I know my fiance was extremely close to his mom, and I hurt for the pain he is feeling.

No matter what though, when we look at our son's smile we find happiness again! We are moving forward into 2014, knowing that we have a guardian angel up in heaven to watch over our boys, and we are making the best of our lives that we can. I am so excited to welcome a new son into the world this year, and I look forward to the many adventures life is going to take us on!

I would just like to stay off the roller coasters for a while, and try and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

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We all have had our share of Ups and Downs - What do you hope 2014 will bring?

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Lee Hansen: Thank you so much! I am crossing my fingers that he'll be able to retire as well. Thanks a lot for your encouraging words!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Halloween Cosplay: Thank you so much! I haven't ever nominated one though, I'm not really sure how to? If I did, it would be someone elses. There's nothing wrong with nominating your own I guess but I think it would be more personally rewarding to have it nominated by someone else.

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      Halloween Cosplay 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your sons! This is a really great lens. Have you nominated it for Lens of the Day, or would you feel comfortable doing that?

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      I am hoping my husband will be able to retire from his "job" as a civil engineering technical designer and resume his gift-profession.as an artist. He can do so if he sells our home in another state and relocates to our new home. I believe it can happen. I've had crazy stressful years in my past life; stay strong through the crazy times and you'll come through them forever stronger.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Lorelei Cohen: Yes, it was a crazy year- so far this year has been better though. I sure hope so, and thank you for your comforting words, and for your visit.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      What a truly emotional year for you. The very best and the saddest moments of life tossed into your world so quickly. I am sure that your mother in law is content knowing that her son has found love in his life. Thank you for sharing this very personal story.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @monkeymamma: Thank you! I'm really glad to meet you- I don't know many women around here who have two boys so close together. I'm a little nervous, but hearing your reassuring words and those of others- I am a lot more positive and excited now. Thanks so much :)

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      monkeymamma 3 years ago

      So I'm new here but I really enjoyed this lens. It takes a lot of courage to post something so personal, so thank you for sharing it with all of us. My life has actually been somewhat similar to yours, I had a son and also found out when he was just five months old that I was pregnant again. It's a weird mix of emotions. My boys are 23 and 9 months old now and it is wonderful. You will love having them so close together. Anyway, just wanted to say I enjoyed your lens. I wish the best of luck to you and your family!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You certainly have had a lot to cope with over the last year. I am sorry to learn of your sorrow and loss. May you and your husband-to-be and all who loved her be deeply comforted in the months and years to come. I am grateful you have the support of such a wise mother and a loving partner-soul mate. I pray your family is blessed with another vibrant, healthy child and that your growing family knows more joy than sadness as the years come and go.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @WinWriter: Thank you so much, your comment was very heartfelt and touching. I'm so glad you enjoyed my lens- it was a tough year but I think we can both agree that God will get us through anything. Sometimes it feels like we can't handle it, but he never gives us more than we can bare. Thank you very much, and Hugs back!

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      This lens is so great itâs hard to know where to start. You really had an overwhelming year. A roller coaster is a good way to describe it. Iâm so happy that you found true love and the photos of your little blessing from God are adorable. Iâm sorry for the loss of Mary, but I have no doubt you will âsee her again.â I got teary-eyed watching the video. Hugs!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @ColettaTeske: That is how I love to end every day :) Sorry to hear about your dad, I can't imagine how hard that must be- but yes you have a guardian angel in heaven for sure. Wishing you that same happiness, thanks so much!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Rangoon House: Thanks that means a lot to me, your very kind!

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      What a wonderful way to end your story, with that absolutely beautiful smile! He is a blessing. I lost my dad a year ago. I miss him bad, but I feel like I have a guardian angel in heaven protecting me. This next year holds many opportunities. I wish you all the happiness in the world.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Australia

      You have lots of love in your life Daisy, which generally gives us the strength to ride the ups and downs. Wishing you and your family all the best for 2014 - you will manage everything it brings.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @MarathonRunning: Thanks so much, that means a lot to me! Wishing you the best as well!

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thank you for sharing with all your personal story DaisyDixon. I`m sure that you will be a fine mum because you are such a brave writer. Wish you all the best for the incoming years!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @susan369: Thanks! I think that's a very important thing to hope for, and wishing you a wonderful 2014 as well

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      susan369 3 years ago

      Wow, that's certainly a lot to happen in just one year. Wishing you all the best for 2014! As I get older myself, stability is the main thing I hope for each year.

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Sorry to hear of your lose in 2013, but you have one beautiful son and another on the way so your future will be much brighter. Thanks for sharing your year with us!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @delia-delia: Thank you so much, things are definitely better so far :)

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Life is all about ups and downs...it's how choose to deal with them...having your Faith will bring you through anything. I pray all is well now!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @caossquidoo: Thank you!

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      caossquidoo 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such personal experiences! great lens!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @evawrites1: Thank you for taking the time to read it :) Thanks, I'm really excited only 11 weeks to go!

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all this with us, lots of luck with your second pregnancy. Beautiful lens!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you very much, that certainly means a lot :) I'm glad you've enjoyed my lenses, very nice to meet you! ~Daisy

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Squidoo used to have a program called Squidoo Angels - and yours would certainly have been blessed! Pinned to the board "Lenses worth Blessing. Good show and congratulations!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Magpie Feathers: Thank you so much, wishing you a wonderful year as well :)

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      Magpie Feathers 3 years ago

      Loved the way you told us the story. Wish you a wonderful year ahead..!!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @editionh: Thank you so much, for your visit-and kind words. Hoping you have a blessed 2014, and many great years to come as well.

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      editionh 3 years ago

      Very touching, I think many readers can relate to those feelings of helplessness and loss. Yet at the same time there are these incredible little ones who bomb our lives with surprise,joy and bliss.

      I wish good luck to your whole family !

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @JessicaLVine LM: Yes, that is very exciting! Thanks for stopping by my lenses :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @LauraHofman: Wishing you a great 2014 as well, thank you!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Well done lens...very clever use of a roller coaster timeline. I'm sorry you had a trying 2013 (me too). Wish you a very happy, healthy, and peaceful 2014!

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      I know 2014 will bring an amazing year of changes. Expecting baby #4 is really exciting! =D

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Babu Mohan: Thank you for your inspiring thoughts, they are much appreciated!

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      It is a bit sad that some negative things come unannounced at the wrong time. You have good things happening too. In our lives, we have control over what we do and say. Leave everything else to destiny.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Adventuretravels: Aww I sure will, he'd sure give some cuddles back hes such a ladies man ha-ha! Sorry to hear you had a bad year as well, this year is going to be better for the both of us! Thanks so much for your visit and kind words :) Daisy

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      If I were there I'd give that little son of yours a big cuddle -so can you do that for me please! What a year you've had. Is 13 a lucky or unlucky number? In your case it's both! I had a very bad year last year too - so 1914 is going to be fab - it just is!! Great lens well written and thought provoking.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, I'm so glad you liked my lens!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Your son is adorable and how touching to be reunited in love. Life's ups and downs really are like a roller-coaster (what a cool graphic you created of your year), but God's plans for us are constant; plans to give us hope and a future. And that what I read in your reflection.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Thank you LynnKK, hoping you have a great year as well!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I hope 2014 will bring you a little calm and lots of love. My bet as the mom of three boys -- the calm may not look quite as you expect but the love will be bigger and better!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @MarleMac: Thank you MarleMac, much appreciated!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      2013 seems to have been a tumultuous year for most people, these are the times we live in! Challenges to help make you stronger!!!

      May 2014 bring you lots of courage to handle no matter WHAT!

      I love your Rollercoaster Timeline - awesome idea!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you! I'm just fortunate that even when the storms are brewing, God always seems to help me find light. My boys were definitely that light. May you also have a wonderful 2014. Thanks for your comment as well. Nice to meet you :)

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Sad 2013 was so active in your life with some nice surprise, but some not so nice.

      Wishing you all the best for 2014

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @flinnie lm: Thank you so much, I hope you have the best 2014 as well!

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi what a year for you, sorry for your lost. Hope you have the best year ever in 2014. Congrats on the babies.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @g0d0fw4rz: Thank you so much, Hoping your year is great and blessed as well! ~Daisy

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      g0d0fw4rz 3 years ago

      What a nice lens. I'm really sorry about your loss :( but I pray that you guys will have nice and happy 2014, and congratulations on your babies :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @WriterJanis2: Yeah I thought that too, at least they will always have someone to play with :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      It will be a lot of work, but your sons will love being close in age.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Merrci: Thank you, only 3 months left I'm really excited! Hope your year is wonderful as well!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This was a lovely lens. I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law. It' a hard loss. I'm praying that your joy in your soon-to-be two sons will lift you and carry you into a better 2014.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Susan Zutautas: Thank you so much Susan, I will always miss her she was a wonderful person! I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis though, it is a very hard thing to cope with and I can only imagine what you are going through. You sound very sweet, and good spirited- I think if anyone can get through something like that it would be someone with a positive attitude like yourself. Many blessings to you and your family and thank you for commenting on my lens!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So sorry for the loss of your mother in law. I am very close to my mother in law and I don't know what I'd do without her. She has been taking care of me from time to time over past 4 months as I was diagnosed with lung cancer this past September. Wishing you a wonderful 2014 and may you never have to get on that roller coaster ride this year. Your children are beautiful!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Charito1962: Yes, lets hope this year is MUCH better :)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you for sharing this. It gives me a sense of hope to face 2014, as I also experienced much pain last year. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @norma-holt: Thank you so much! I will definitely be looking to God for guidance in raising these two boys, and am glad I'm not the only one who had children so close together. Although so many people seem to think I'm really "in for it" that they are going to be so close in age is going to be so hard... I just try to shake it off and know that God has plans and I'll do my very best with them, thanks again for your comment and stopping by!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Like Jolene my three were born 2 years and 5 months from start to finish, It's hard in the beginning but God knows what is going on not us. Good roller coaster ride up and down during 2013 which I think a lot of others share with you. Well done.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @JoleneBelmain: Yeah the boys will be 14 months apart as well, glad to hear that it wasn't too hard for you. I do look forward to it very much. Thanks for your kind words, will be sure to check out your lenses as we seem to have a lot in common. have a great day! - Daisy

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      JoleneBelmain 3 years ago

      That is definitely a year full of ups and downs. On the note of having babies so close together, it's really not a bad thing. My first 3 children were all born less than 2 1/2 years from start to finish. My first 2 are 14 months apart, and my 2nd and 3rd are 16 months apart. It was very busy when they were younger, but still so much fun, and still is to this day. I too ended up getting together with someone I was always really close to (we've been close friends for 17 years), and now are married and have a child together. I have written all about it here on Squidoo.

      Congratulations on meeting your true love, and on the newest addition (soon to be). Family is everything (whether they are blood related family or not).

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow, what a year it has been for you. You really do have the right attitude and I applaud you for that. Wishing you the best for 2014!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @goldenrulecomics: Thank you! Thanks for taking the time to read my lens as well!

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      You sound like you have the type of outlook that will carry you through many ups and downs! Thanks for sharing.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @SteveKaye: So true, and thank you for stopping by and liking my lens!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Sometimes real life can be more incredible than any movie. Hang on and enjoy the show. Wish you the best with 2014.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @takkhisa: Thankyou!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your life's story of 2013. I hope 2014 will bring you a lot of happiness. Good luck :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Kim Milai: Thanks so much! Blessings to you and your family as well!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      Loved your telling of your story Blessings to you!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @GrammieOlivia: Thank you for your heartfelt meaningful comment, and for liking my lens. Blessings to you as well!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Very nice, I had two children 13 months apart so feel your anxiety. You are young and you will get through this too! They are blessings to be sure and yes, you do have a Guardian Angel helping you along the way. You will still enjoy the scenery even if the rollercoaster starts on it's way up again, you just get a different perspective. Life is like that! Blessings to you and your little ones.