Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Letter 2014

** The Doughans in 2014 **

2014 started with a surprise BABY due in October 2014!  Corinne and I wrestled with this news.  Before the baby surprise, we were content moving on to a new season of life without babies.  The Lord had already blessed us with three wonderful children.  We thought the Lord was transitioning us to a new season of service, a season of greater engagement with people outside our home that needed to experience God’s love.  But, God changed our hearts and we began looking forward to snuggling a newborn again.  We started making baby plans.  We would need a minivan…did we still have those baby toys in the basement?  However, our baby saw Jesus' face first instead of ours when Corinne miscarried in February.  "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."  (Job 1:21)  Corinne named her, Faith.  We planted a tree in the backyard in Faith’s honor and remembrance.  The kids speak of our baby often when they tell friends, neighbors, or people in line behind us at the store – that they have a sister that got to go to heaven early and how they can’t wait to get to heaven to see what she looks like…we still got the minivan.

Oh, what lessons our Savior teaches.  He works on our hearts.  2014 did become a year of wonderful service opportunities – but not until He ruled more completely on the thrown of our hearts.  He is King.  But we pretend we are in charge.  His plans are better than our plans and He is helping us be okay with that.  Odd that this experience would help Corinne and I trust Jesus more, but it did.  We are grateful for his pruning – we have never been disappointed at his gardening of our life. 

So much HAPPY happened this year, too! 
v  Colin: free from MBA studies, engaged with wife, kids, church, and work in impactful ways that the MBA previously prevented…and the grass got mowed more consistently.
v  Corinne: got braces, volunteered in the classroom(s), sang at church, helped coordinate church’s children’s ministry, and enjoyed her mochas (so she could stay awake to do all of these things!)
v  Jackson (8): is in second grade, finished all seven Harry Potter books, lost his first tooth, is learning piano and computer programming, and played baseball this summer.
v  Micah (6): is in Kindergarten, loves to read (his current topic of interest is pyramids and ancient Egypt - until he chooses a new topic tomorrow), is learning to ride his bike, and teaches us Mandarin at the supper table, ni hao.
v  Anora (3): attends “Mommy Preschool,” where she began reading lessons, and enjoys Curious George, Legos, her doll house, and mowing the grass with Dad.

What a joy we shared this year to see the growth of our kids in their relationships with each other (yay for sibling friendships) and in their knowledge of God and The Gospel (already questioning their parents’ faith in thoughtful ways) – love it!  LOVE it!

Our prayer for you, Dear Friends, is to experience the sovereignty of God in your lives.  No locked doors.  No secret rooms of the heart.  He loves you too much not to demand his kingship in your life.  The connection between sovereignty and submission is difficult to understand yet sweet to enjoy.  Psalm 136 reminds us of this love, “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good, his Love endures forever.”  At Christmas, we see this sovereign love personified.  

Merry Christmas from the Doughans! 

Friday, January 31, 2014


Over the last almost 6 years (I can't believe it's been that long) I have blogged A LOT about my kids being sick.  Most of the time their sickness has occurred when my family has been traveling particularly during cold and flu season.  We have so many puke stories, it's CRAZY!!  Don't believe me?  Here are a few of my blog posts to prove it (this does not even include the Christmas of 2011 when my kids were sick for an ENTIRE MONTH straight!!!!  I was so out of it I couldn't even blog about that one):

I literally felt insane during those times and even more so when I got little to no sympathy from others around me who were doing there best to cheer me up and make light of the situation.

I'm happy to report that things have changed!  For the whole story of what we changed and why, you can read my blog entitled "Change the Face of Cold and Flu Season."

For this post I just want to give you a glimpse of the differences between our Christmas in 2010 (before the change) and 2013 (after the change) through a few pictures:

Christmas 2010
Decorating cookies with the cousins.  Notice the latex gloves.  This was moments before Micah tossed his cookies.
The day we tried to get our flight changed because both the boys were still puking.   Here they are up for a few minutes between naps and being sick before we hit the road for Omaha and then on to our flight home in which Micah continued to be sick (throwing up every day  for almost 2 WEEKS).  To read more of that CRAZY sickness story read my blogs entitled "My Love/Hate Relationship With Travel" and "My Love/Hate Relationship With Travel Part 2." 

Christmas 2013
Decorating Christmas Cookies with all 9 of the cousins.  Notice that there are NO latex gloves.  NO ONE got sick after this either (despite the insane amount of sugar they used to decorate and then ingested).

A HEALTHY little girl cuddling with her grandma!  Enough said!
The 5 older cousins (we had a total of 9 kids between the ages of 1 and 7 years old and 8 adults all sleeping and eating under the same rough for 7 days straight) sleeping peacefully the entire night in the basement without any puke buckets by their sides.

EVERYONE was present and healthy for the Bible reading on Christmas morning.  A first since 2006!

LOTS of cousin play time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The mommies even got to go out and get pedicures one night!!!!  This was the first Christmas vacation in a LONG time that was 100% enjoyable and restful!  I came home rejuvenated and re-energized for my family.  That was DEFINITELY not the case in years past.

Overall, I visited family during the 2013 holiday season with Micah and Anora for TWENTY days and NONE of us got sick!!!

So, my :::sigh::: is a HUGE sigh of relief.  If you want to learn more about the nutritional supplement my family is taking to achieve and maintain good health, check out my business website here, or you can message me on facebook if we're already friends.  I'd love to come along side of you and help you achieve amazing health.  May this blog find you and your loved ones be happy and healthy!! ~ Corinne