Well, after taking a blogging break in 2016 (with the exception of the many great giveaways)….I am back 🙂 I have realized that writing is very healing and therapeutic for me, so I am determined to get my blog rolling again.
Our New Years Eve was good….we made a bunch of soups and finger foods, because I didn’t want to “cook.” I had all 7 of my kiddoes, with one of my bonus girls and my oldest daughter’s person. We also had some friends over, who have 4 kiddoes of their own and we ate, laughed and played games. It was so nice to just enjoy the company and the good food.
2016 had some incredible highs. Our family spent 10 days traveling to the east coast. My kids got to see the Atlantic Ocean. We adopted our 7th child. Our oldest had a big year, graduating college, getting a new car, getting a new job, and getting engaged. Our second daughter finished high school and did fantastic her first semester in college. Our oldest son is flying through his sophomore year and he has had the opportunity to work with a friend, who is a contractor, so he is been able to earn money, save it, and spend it. Our second oldest son is reading so much better and he is doing so much better in school.
We were able to get him an official dx, so that has helped to guide us through his education. Our next son, has blossomed in sports (baseball and basketball). He was approved for a bone conducted hearing aid, so he will have that surgery at some point this year. And our baby is growing like a weed…he is such a joy. We have also found our forever home church wise. And to top it all off, my Lady is doing wonderfully! There have been lots more highs…but that is just a beginning.
There have also been some significant lows….one of our daughters is still struggling and we have had to make big decisions regarding her future. It has brought lots of hurt and tension to our home. Our adoption of our 7th child did not come easily and the circumstances around his adoption are still tender. My daddy had a stroke this past summer…thankfully, he is doing well. We had to put 2 of our beloved pets down, Sadie and Little Buddy. That is always difficult.
This year is full of promise. Full of intention. Full of purpose. 365 days to make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ. I do not make resolutions because, frankly, I think they are super stupid. I do, however, make some changes and more times than not, I stick through them and then they become a habit. This year, I plan to stop making excuses for myself or my family. I plan to start saying no. I plan to stop apologizing for who I am and how I do things. I just want to live. I realize that 1/2 my life is over…done….I cannot get that part back. Now, what do I want my second 1/2 of life to be like? I want to love my family without abandon. I want to be intentional with my relationships with my siblings, nieces, nephews, parents, husband, and children. I want to love my husband more and submit more to him. I want to dig deeper in the Word and see what new jewels Jesus is waiting to show me. I am going to plan a wedding 🙂 I’m going to send a kid off to a school that can help her. I want to get involved in our church. We are going to Hawaii, so I need to plan for that plus our family vacation. So many possibilities and so little time!
365 days….what are you going to do with your new year?