What a year!!!

I am sitting here in the middle of clean house thinking back about what a year it has been! We have been cleaning this morning to prepare for a NYE cookout tonight with our youth group, so now I have a few moments to spare that I wanted to use to write a post. If you don’t pause and take time to look back over your wins and your losses, how can you successfully move forward and grow in the future. I need to take the time to reflect. I want to learn from my hard times and mistakes so that I don’t have to repeat them. I also want to acknowledge the amazing moments so that I can appreciate them and give thanks!

This year, our family celebrated many milestones. We have been in our house for ten years- holy cow!! We also started our seventh year of homeschool… including Allie’s ninth grade year. (Highschool!!!😳)

We have traveled a lot this year. We went on a week long missions trip in NY city. We also took some of our youth group (including our daughter for her artwork- so proud!!) to Houston, TX for national competitions. These trips took our family of four to thirteen different states this summer! That’s amazing to think about!

We spent a week on vacation with some of our best friends at a beach house. It was a great time of relaxation. We even started the year off with a crazy-for-Charleston-weather snow storm! Our family went stir crazy after a few days of playing in the snow and we desperately needed to make a grocery store run! 😂

We absolutely had a year full of many blessings! Like all of you, our year also had many hard times.

We weren’t immune to drama and heartache. We lost our sweet husky, Jasper, this year and it was devastating for our family. We faced some really tough financial moments. We have had stresses and health scares. We faced all of these hard times as a family and have made it through.

We are facing the next year full of hope and dreams. I feel like I say this every year, but I do believe that this will be our best year ever. I can see where God birthed new dreams within us and even aligned partnerships along the way. I believe that our steps are ordered and that dreams that have been placed within us will be coming to pass. I’m excited for this year. Walking in faith is scary and exhilarating all at the same time. I cannot wait to see how God works all of this out for His will! I’m so thankful that we serve a faithful God that is with us through the hard times and the celebrations!

What are your dreams for this year? Have you taken time to reflect? Do you write your goals out? I do!! This is the first year that I am choosing a word for the year. I have seen where people have done this before, but I never have. I may reveal my word for 2019 in a future post, but for now it is just going to be mine to pray over.

I hope that all of our family, friends, and readers have a safe and happy New Years celebration!!

About jfulford01

Hello to anyone taking time form their busy lives to read my blog. I am a wife to an amazing man, who I am blessed to serve alongside in youth ministry. I am mommy to two amazing kids who I am privileged to be able to homeschool. This blog is out of my comfort zone and certainly me trying to be obedient to Christ. I love Him more than I care about my own comfort or awkwardness. Hopefully, this blog is honest, real, and transparent. I'm not a big fan of fake. The Lord is using it to bring growth to me...and I pray that in the process something about my crazy beautiful life might also encourage others.
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