2015 just flew by! I really didn’t remember how it started (blame everything on mommy brain) until my blog post dinged me this morning showing my ‘year in review.’ 2015 started with my first trip to the ER with my daughter, who only had a mild cold. I remember freaking out, not knowing what to do…Hey, it was my first time. I remember all the moms out there (well in my Facebook world) giving me advice and probably secretly laughing, reading my blog, thinking, “Oh this sweet novice she has no clue!” It really was so minor, now that I think back to it all, but that’s how this year really went. It held so many lessons for me that I can’t help but be thankful for. They weren’t easy lessons, they still aren’t. It wasn’t like I would want to go through them again but they sure have molded me, shaken me, humbled me and helped me grow; still growing!
I am so thankful that God still loves me, that He still calls ME ‘daughter’, that He still sees me precious in His eyes! Through motherhood I have learned how little control I have, (for a control freak like me that took a lot to learn). I have learned that without God, every morning filling up my well, I wasn’t going to be a good wife, a good mother, a good sister, a good friend…really, without God every morning …Welp, that wasn’t an option anymore! I needed Him more than I realized.
One of the greatest gifts this year, one that I am so thankful to carry on forever, is what I call the #RealHousewivesofWoodside mommy group. But what it really stands for (that’s just my humor) is a group of devoted moms to Christ that meet monthly to discuss Woman in the Word but also our lives as mommy’s. The group of woman at ‘our’ table we share a special bond. We may only meet monthly but we are in each other live’s daily. We support each other through the ‘godly’ stuff but also the ‘real’ stuff. That is what we all need. I am thankful for each of them and I hope that this upcoming year you each find that support; that friendship, that sisterhood. It is truly a priceless gift to give and receive.
Romans 1: 12 “that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
2015 was filled with lessons upon lessons but filled with a lot of fun times. My hubby and I took our daughter on our first solo vacation to Florida, after months of not seeing him much due to law school, ( did I mention this is his last year!) My daughter learned to walk this year, learned to speak this year (she really is starting to talk sentences!), learned to drink from a cup all on her own..I could go on and on but it has been a year of adventures with my daughter and none of them short of amazement!! 2015. Thank you. (I have the 25467960834 Facebook photos to prove it! #sorrynotsorry)
I learned to juggle being a stay at home mom, working from home and going to school (did I mention I have grey hair now), running a household and still trying to keep it sexy for my hubby. All you veteran moms and wives out there, I applaud you!!! This truly was a year like none other because I had to let go of my plans and fall in step with HIS plan. I had to let go of control and expectations and rely on someone bigger than myself. I had to surrender to God all the things I thought I knew only to take time to listen to what He wanted me to do. I learned to step away from all things, when life gets crazy, just to gain strength that I need to be the best wife & mommy. I had to learn to say “NO”, I had to learn it was OK to walk away from things (even just temporarily) that were clouding my vision and my walk with God. In the still and quiet moments I can Hear Him better. In the moments when I pull away, from all things earthly, it is for my own good and my own growth.
Whoever I thought I was before, got switched up on me, got twisted and shaken and molded like never before. I went through the washing machine cycle of life (yes, try to imagine that washing machine) and He rinsed me out like never before. I am so happy that He has me in the palm of His hand and that I can start learning to listen to what that means for me and my life. Obedience. That is my word for 2015. Obedience to Him and not me.
Isaiah 49:16 “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
So, 2015. Thank you. Thank you for a great year of learning more than I thought I needed to learn and I am looking forward to what 2016 brings. This morning started when my blog sent me a highlight review of 2015. The review showed me that I posted in March about losing weight on Whole30 and it got 990 views with views this year in 43 countries! It showed me that I stopped writing when I didn’t have time. It showed me that I needed to get back to writing. (It didn’t tell me that but I figured I should). Even when I think no one is listening it doesn’t matter because I love to write. Someone, somewhere may be encouraged and I have been that someone before. So here’s to sharing more of my journey through 2016 and for those of you that shared my journey in 2015 (the good, the bad, the happy, and sad) thank you!!!!
2016. I look forward to my husband finishing law school. Me graduating from school. My daughter turning 2. And all things that I can’t expect but hope for in 2016. Thank you!
With Love Always,
Psalm 16:2 “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”