Saying Goodbye to a GOOD year

This morning as I was drinking my coffee and watching the kids play I began reading a random parenting article. It was about how hard parenting is, and really all of it was true. I laughed at a few of the things because it’s exactly how I can picture things happening in a few years. This article triggered something in me and inspired me to start reflecting on this past year.


Recently, I have been thinking of 2016 in a negative way. After two miscarriages and trying to sell our house it made the year negative for me. However, it has me so excited for 2017 and all the new possibilities for our family. The changes that I hope are coming and whatnot. But then after this article that pointed out so many things that we as parents experience it reminded me about just how much I have got out of this past year!

In a positive way.

Here are some reasons my year was awesome!

This past year taught me so much and I believe I have grown more in this year than ever.

It has driven me to think more about others and be more considerate.

I’ve learned that no matter what you plan in life it will always go a different way and in the end it will still be okay.

I’ve been taught even more patience than what being a mother has already taught me, I’ve gained more patience with life.

My love for my children has not stayed the same but it has grown even bigger.

I watched as Mady, our oldest grew into an extraordinary young girl.

I watched as Jaxson grew into an amazing little boy and leave behind his baby-ness.

I got to watch our baby, Rowan, take her first steps and become a toddler.

I have watched all three of my children grow in so many ways that make my heart swell with pride every second of everyday.

I’ve grown closer to my mother and let go of a lot of past resentment which in the end has taught me forgiveness and understanding.

2016 gave me courage that I never thought I had.

It gave me courage to reach out and meet my biological Dad’s family and it was pretty great.

This year has given me gratitude for everything we have.

This year has shown me beautiful friendships from all around the world from women that I’ve never even met in person but yet I feel like I’ve known them all my life.

It’s also gave me the courage to start my blog and share my life with so many others!

So, what I’m trying to say here is thank you 2016 for the high’s and the low’s that have given me wisdom.

Thank you for another year of life with my family and giving me many great memories that will last a lifetime.


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