Just this morning, I finished vacuuming up the last bit of glitter that Christmas left on our living room floor. The tree has been taken down and stored in the garage until next year and all the Christmas decor has been placed in boxes and stored in the closet. I normally leave my tree up until after New Year's Day but this year I was ready to get back to normal. I wanted my neutral, minimalist decor back. This time of year gives my heart and home a fresh start. I always look forward to this part of the year because it gives me a chance to reflect and really think about what I want the next year to look like.
God has so graciously blessed us in 2018. Our word for this year was "Build". We wanted to build our family upon Christ, build upon our relationships with each other, build our emergency fund (finances), and it was our first full year in our new home! Although we didn't meet all of our goals or perfectly "build" in all the areas we wanted too, we got pretty close!
We welcomed our second (and last) baby to our family in April, my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary in June, we went on a couple of really memorable adventures, and we joined a church we love after searching for two years. This is the "highlight reel" of our year. The "extras" include the times spent snuggling on the couch, Walker, our baby boy, learning how to crawl and Emmeline, our beautiful daughter, developing into a sweet big sister. We have even had a few "bloopers" that included our car breaking down at a gas station on our way to church, the water pressure in our home going awry, and lots of toddler tantrums.
I personally learned a lot about my passions this year. I realized that
I love writing + encouraging others. That is why I started the blog. I wanted to be an encouraging voice in the midst of all the discouragement in our world. I want women to be who God created them to be!
It has all been a beautiful part of our story this year. It is crazy how much God can teach us in a short year. So much can change in 365 short days. Your year may not have been the easiest. Maybe you dealt with loss or with many difficult seasons. If this is you, I am praying for a new season to meet you in 2019. God uses the difficult seasons to bring the most growth in our hearts. It is not easy to accept in the moment, but when we get out of the hard season and look back we can see the areas of our heart that have grown closer to Christ.
I have decided on our word for 2019..... Post coming soon!
Do you pick a word for your year? What are you choosing for 2019? I would love to hear from you!