I think it’s important to be content with the life God’s given you. There are times when I struggle, deeply struggle, with that but I’m in a phase where I’m good. It seems everytime i get in one of these phases, something crazy happens to shake things up… so I’m waiting, patiently waiting, for whatever that may be. God is good.
A new year is always a time of reflection and forethought. Lots of lessons learned and lots of plans to be a better you.
The past few years have been very challenging for me and not necessarily in a bad way. In 2014 I lost about 30 lbs and found a new passion of hiking. 2015 was filled with hiking and running, a fun trip to Florida. 2016 was kind of a slow year. Not as much hiking, running but lots of time with our new chickens, watching the kids play sports (Jesse won breaststroke & butterfly in swim and was superbowl champions this year! & Lydia did great in swim and bball!), fun times. The year kind of ended on a sour note in regards to family but i believe things will ultimately turn out for the best.
Last year I made a resolution of “no soda 2016” and successfully completed the challenge, 365+1 days (only I’d pick leap year for such a challenge). We’re half way thru January 1st and i still haven’t decided if i should choose another challenge or not. One thing I will do is quit expecting, that only leads to disappointment, and start accepting the little golden nuggets with an open, grateful heart. To be more independent in making my own happiness. There will definitely be more adventures to unknown places… I’m ready 2017!
The things you do for your kids…. I could make a list of my own personal experiences. And at the moment i can hardly think of any I’ve regretted (maybe the $80 mip purchase a few Christmases ago).
About three weeks before Easter, Jesse came home from school talking about hatching chicks at school. It was a science/4H project they were doing in class. The kid came home every day taking about these eggs, he was enamored. The week they were supposed to hatch, he asked us if he could bring them home after they hatched. I really thought he was joking and secretly hoped that there are already plans for these chicks. I was wrong.
His teacher emailed and called. She said Jesse had been so interesting to watch at school, that he had taken on what she called a ‘parental’ roll for these unhatched chicks. No need for the rest of the details… Meet Jesse’s chicks:
The one on my hand above is Johnny Appleseed, aka JAS since we think it’s a she. She’s the baby and the most friendly. They are three weeks old now and i personally spend about an hour each day hanging out with them. It makes me think back to all the animals my parents let us kids have when we were young… goats, chickens, ducks, a pony, dogs, cats, mice. What were they thinking?
The things we do for our kids.… That’s right!
I think we all have those friends… The ones we’ve had forever and no matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen each other, things are always the same. These same friends somehow instinctively know when to show up in life (and that I love paper, bound books, pretty boxes, purple, mail!).
I have a few of those special, amazing friends and one of them showed up in the mail today… Right on time… Right when I needed a reminder….
Thank you for blessing me today…. You know who you are!
God is good!
I was recently reading a book that said if you think your life is going no where, stagnant, to look back on the past 10 years and see how much has changed.
This time 10 years ago I found out I was pregnant. What an a amazing blessing but it was very hard for me to believe because we had tried for a year with no success. I know a year seems like nothing to those who have battled infertility for years but hey, that should make any one who knows the pain all the more compassionate for even those that’s battled it for only days. It was the saddest year of my life. BUT (doesn’t God always provide a but) we finally succeeded! And even though that last 10 years has had its lows, like losing several uncles and aunts, my granny Kat, family and friends fueds… It’s also been filled with so many blessings and this year we’re gonna celebrate Lydia’s 10th birthday and her brothers 8th! And celebrating five years in our new house. Celebrating long awaited weight loss! Celebrating big changes in our jobs (I’m claiming good things)! Celebrating Lydia’s trip to Jamestown and her final year at Spiller! Celebrating no more car seats… Lots of hiking trips… Family and so much more! God is good, folks… And I’m thankful for the gift of the past 10 years.
Where were you 10 years ago?
To end our vacation a few weeks ago, Lydia and I decided to hike to the Cascade Falls in Giles County. I had always wanted to go but the opportunity just never arose to go with anyone so we decided to do it alone.
It’s a beautiful two mile hike up to the falls. Lots of places to stop and catch your breath (which this old lady needed).
And when we finally arrived to the falls, Lydia wad so excited. All that waking paid off! This is Lydia at her first sight of the falls.
I think it was time well spent with my little lady. Great memories!