Friday, January 8, 2016


The new year didn't start as I had planned, but when does life always go as we plan. Caleb and I spent New Year's Eve in Urgent Care with Elijah getting tested for strep throat. Since then, everyone, but Caleb, has gotten sick, with me the worst. It's hard when I'm sick and my normal responsibilities can't be done. I have found myself more than once this week incredibly thankful for Caleb's hard work. He's done so much for our family and all with a patient and loving attitude. 

I'm finally taking a turn for the better. I'm sitting up in bed, actually writing, the sun is shining and I think I should be back to normal very soon. We've had a fairly healthy year and were hopeful for a healthy Christmas. It's become a bit of a sad joke that anytime our whole family gets together we all get sick. We see each other around the holidays when all the cold and flu bugs are being passed around, and usually after a couple flights to get everyone here someone has caught something and it gets passed through the family. This year started off better than the others, but ended with everyone eventually sick. We still managed to have a wonderful time together. And over time we'll just remember the good and forget the sick. 

The times all my sisters and I are together are rare, but I'm thankful for the times we have. Growing up, marriages, and kids have only made us closer. And the moments we get to do life together are my favorite.

The new year gives me pause to reflect on the year behind and look forward to the year ahead. I love a fresh start and new beginning, but I'm not one to make resolutions. I have always felt that if something needs changing that you start immediately. But this seem like an appropriate time to evaluate the different aspects of our life. 

Last year had some very hard times in it and I felt much of what went on was things that needed to be sorted out quietly before the Lord. We've been sitting in a time of waiting on God and that hasn't changed with a new year starting. Waiting on anything is usually one of the hardest things for me, but thankfully, God has allowed me to rest in His timing and I don't feel anxious at all with what the future will bring. I'm excited for 2016 and all that will unfold. 

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