hello to a new year! Well, almost. I am bidding farewell to 2016 a few hours early, but I am bidding farewell fondly.  Yes, there were trials in 2016, but there were so many blessings, and life … life was lived during the good and the bad, and life should never be brushed off so carelessly or with a resentful heart.

I look forward to another year with the young soldier pictured above. Funny … We have a daughter who is now very close to the age we were when this picture was taken.  What a blessing, right?! So much life has been lived, and so much, if we are so fortunate,  left to live.  I’m excited about that.  I feel like 2016 was a transition year of sorts for me, and for the first time in an extremely long time, I feel awake again and sincerely hopeful.

I have a lot on my dream list for the upcoming year, but honestly, I just want to be a better servant to my husband and my children and all of those in my daily path. I pray God is shown in me and in my love for them.

Goodbye 2016.  I am thankful for you.