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What I learned in 2018

I hope that the holiday break was refreshing for you! It was some much needed time for me to read, contemplate my blessings, enjoy my family, and set some new goals.

Do you love my gold fireplace? After 12 years I finally painted it. I’m on top of projects like that!

Last year was a pretty “epic” year for me. For one I turned 40. I am not one to care about my age. To me, another year older doesn’t fill me with dread or fear. I actually love getting older. Because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on how far I’ve come in one year’s time. I love making progress and trying to become a better person. And overall, I truly think that I am better now than I was one year ago. And I of course I know that I have a long way to go. That is why I’m living until I’m 100. Just so you all know.

Many Chinese believe fussy babies needed one more trimester. Here is my epic fussy baby on her 100 days. They just about hit it on the nose for her.

My baby stopped crying all the time. And we truly enjoy her! She is a miracle baby, an angel here on earth, and she brings the joy of discovery into our home again. Every day is so new and exciting to a baby. And I have LOVED watching my older kids watch her in amazement of what she’s learning. And then to see them proud of her, congratulate her- It makes my mama heart SO HAPPY!

I followed the inspiration to start a blog “again”. But the difference this time, was I prayed for guidance instead of just going out blind. I truly sought out others to learn from. Now I have a long way to go, and much to still learn. But blogging has brought me joy. And the reason this blog has brought me joy is because of you all. When life was crazy and I felt like giving up, I would always, always receive a random text or message that the story I shared that week blessed their life. And that my wonderful friends, is why I can consider this blog a great blessing in my life. It has also helped me focus on the GOOD things in life. Because we of course all have hard things, but when we step back and seek out the good in each circumstance, our spirits are lifted. We gain the strength and perspective to keep trying. So in this next year, I will continue to share good. I hope you’ll stick with me for the ride.

My husband started the year unemployed. That was hard. But through it all, we felt such peace and strength from Heavenly Father that all would be well in the end. We just needed to keep going. Keep the Faith. And in June he was blessed with employment. It’s a start-up and so that’s a lot of work and worry. And I am a good worrier, let me tell you! But every time I let those thoughts overwhelm me, I am reminded that God is in charge. Be patient. Have Faith. Good things will come. And so, we wait.

I started an organization to help people donate blankets to local police departments called My Beloved Blanket. And we were able to donate 70 blankets. That makes my heart so happy too! Follow me on Instagram! That’s where you’ll find me posting about all the good we’re doing.

So if your heart could use a bit more HAPPY, then take some time this week. Look at the last year. What did bring you joy? Add more of that in 2019. Ask my husband about how I can be too serious. Have you ever seen Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Imporium? Well, you need to. There is a line in there where Mahoni says, “It’s a joke, Mutant.” And Henry aka Mutant, says, “I know. I’m laughing on the inside.” Well, that’s me too much of the time. But this past year, I have been more conscious about adding in fun.

We got free tickets to a Rugby game out in Herriman. It was cold, but so much fun! My husband played in High school, so he explained the game to us newbie’s. Plus he ran into an old mission buddy! I don’t believe in coincidences!

We consciously added more family fun time. I budgeted for it. Not much, because, hello no job half the year, and then trying to regain our footing the rest, but $20-25 a month. That gets you treats and an amazon prime movie, shakes at In-N-Out, easily gets you frosty’s at Wendy’s. You get the idea. When we put our intentions down on paper, they are more likely to happen.

And that is what I’m doing this year. I am intent of having more joy in our home. I am intent on reaching out to people to share their stories, even when I get scared to send that message to someone I don’t actually “know”. Why? Because I think we learn valuable lessons from others trials & triumphs. And we are hear to learn after all. Right?

So thank you for all the love that I feel. This year is going to be a great one. You can look forward to seeing my posts on the 2nd and 4th weeks of each month this year. My thoughts on Mondays, a guest or an oldie Wednesday story, and new recipes on Fridays. I hope to be busy enjoying life, making blankets, blogging away, and creating memories to last an eternity.

Grandma & Grandpa time!

Share with me your goals for this new year. What type of recipes would you like to see more of? Do you know someone who has a story to tell? Some one who is going about doing GOOD? Let me know!

Until next time…

Life is Good. Share the Good.

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