Happy New Year!
Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and reads all my thoughts! I hope your New Years has been amazing!
For a couple years I choose a word for my year. The last two years I choose the word Hope and the year before that was Faith. This year, it’s Joy.
Have you ever met someone that was just filled with contagious joy? I have. I can think of every single one of them and how they make me feel every time I’m around them. I really want that. I really want to carry the Joy of the Lord and spread that to everyone I come in contact with.
So this year is a year of learning Joy and praying for Gods joy in my life!
Do you pick a word for the year? What is it? Or do you do something else, because I would love to hear what you love to do!
Caleb you are the big 3 0 !
I don’t know how today will be for you, but know I’m here for you. Weeks ago I planned a surprise party that you would’ve been truly surprised at, but that didn’t get to happen. Your parents were supposed to fly in today while you were at work for another surprise, but that isn’t going to happen either.
It sucks all these plans that were made for such a special birthday and they don’t get to happen.
I hope your birthday is still okay after this crazy year. There has been so many ups and downs the year of you being 29. 30 can only be better. It has to be better.
The growing you can do this year in a new place is un measurable. The learning from a new work environment and new people all around can bring fresh perspective.
I’m excited for this year. You get to meet your new baby. You get to start fresh in a new area. You get to make new memories and traditions.
But it’s okay to not be okay.
This year will probably be very hard also. And we’re all here for you for that. The first birthday you won’t get a call from your dad 😢 I’m really sorry about that. The first Christmas without your dad 😢 I’m really sorry about that. The first everything that is going to come 😢 I just wish I could take the hurt away.
He was very proud of you. He was a great dad that you get to always share his legacy and you also have so much of him in you, so you’ll live out a lot also!
Happy birthday Caleb!
The day is yours for whatever you want to do!
I set a goal to read 12 books in the year of 2018. Between my bible studies and books that I have collected, I thought it would be an easy goal. Well it’s September and I just finished my first book of the year! I’m half way done with a handful of books, but then I move on to another. None of the books I have are stories to get lost in. They are all books I hope to learn something from. Parenting, praying, how to be a Godly wife…. so good but I stop my parenting book and pick up my wife book if there’s an argument in my marriage. And that’s why none are finished haha. Anyone else??? 🙋🏻🙋🏻
My mom has gifted me a lot of books. She gets one for her and one for me. This was one of them.
I have seen Sheila Walsh speak at Women of Faith years ago in California with some amazing friends. I did not know her whole story.
This book had me in tears in some chapters and nodding my head, “yes sister, preach!”, in other chapters!
We all have a story. There is mess in ALL of our stories. I have not struggled with mental health issues or suicide. This book had a lot of encouragement for women (and men I’m sure) that deal with that struggle. It’s her struggle so she speaks right to it. She wants others to know they are not alone because she is with them.
She talks about her mom dying. I can’t really ever picture my mom dying. I just want to live in the world where that never happens. But watching my husband just recently loose his dad 7 weeks ago, it brought up some personal tears.
I love how she concluded the book. Encouraging us all to share our stories. If we don’t share our stories, how will we ever be able to comfort someone else in our same shoes? Also by hiding our story and our mess we give power to it. We let it fester inside us and that doesn’t do anyone any good. So let’s band together with our friends and even strangers and share our stories. No one has a perfect story. So there is no shame in your story!
Anyways… totally worth the read. It was 12 chapters. I’m sure some of you could bust that out in a day, but it took me months haha. But I did it! And I’m so glad that I finished this book!
In the Middle of the Mess
By Sheila Walsh
The word over my 2017 is Hope.
Hope for all that I have had faith in.
Learn and really dive into what Hope means and is.
Excited for this year. Excited to see where Hope takes me.
Bring it on 2017!
Happy New Year!
What a crazy year 2016 was for my family and I.
I had a pretty painful pregnancy, an even more painful labor and delivery, that led to the most perfect baby girl!
We bought our first home and moved when Peyton was 3 weeks old.
I have had some weird symptoms happen that doctors cant figure out a diagnosis. It started after Peyton was born, so I think it has something to do with my crazy labor.
Peyton has had some weird stuff also, but she’s perfect and every test, ultrasound or X-ray taken, has come back to show she’s perfect!!
Nathan is such a good little boy. He is also 2, so I’m learning what “terrible twos” are all about. He is whitty and has brought so many smiles to my face and heart.
Caleb still is loving his job and has been working more and more on his Mustang to make it faster so he can race his dad one day.
So that’s a really short summary of my year.
2017 I’m putting the word Hope over the year. 2016 I felt the word Faith. To have faith in everything coming our way. This year I’m having Hope after all that Faith. Really learn what it is to have Hope and what that looks like in every day life.
Happy New Year!