Happy Birthday to the Blog!!!!

I really can’t believe it. I have been blogging for a year. A whole year. I have 54 blog entries to my name. Which also blows me away because when I started I said to myself that I would post one everyday, then I said two a week, then I said one a week, then I said one a week unless I can’t. So it looks like the Lord sanctioned 1 a week. I’m stepping it up again because I am trying to write about the One Year Bible reading, but we shall see. Looking back on the entries I remember how much I was hurting when I started this blog. I had just come trough a break down, and surgery. Titles like “A gaping hole in my chest,” and “I can’t get around writing about this,” bring tears to my eyes because I remember having to process through all that pain. But the Lord has brought me through quite a year!

Sydney and Lexi on NYE The first year my daughter went to a NYE party and I stayed home. That is 40 years old for ya!

Sydney and Lexi on NYE The first year my daughter went to a NYE party and I stayed home. That is 40 years old for ya!

I am learning so much about how to just live on this earth and follow the Lord. I am learning how to die to wanting approval from all the people and really trust that I am already approved. I have seen God show up in miraculous ways that I would have missed had I not caught on to this “middlemarch.” I have learned that I have been gifted with the ability to write stuff down, to no one’s greater surprise than mine. I have learned that I love caring for the people who live in this house. I have learned I am a bible nerd and I love to sit here and read about Him and then write about Him. And everything He shows me about myself is ok, because He is taking me somewhere with it. He didn’t leave me in the hurt and pain, and He won’t leave me where I am now. If I want to I can go as deep as I want to with Him for there is no top and there is no bottom to him. And see now I just cracked myself up because I was trying to be all artsy with my words and wound up saying God has no bottom. God does have a bottom because he sits on a throne, I just meant there is not a bottom to the depth of getting to know Him. Geeze, get your mind out of the gutter, I am trying to be serious here.

I also got a new website this year. I never officially launched it because there was no spare time. My friend Jonathan worked so hard on all the Tech details and my friend Kelly made me logo’s and chose pictures taken by my friend Mikaylah. I had these big plans that my besties would get together do a big “Launching of the website” live video, and we would do a giveaway of my friend Cheryl’s earrings from Cherry Hill Creations to get people to subscribe to the website. Guess what? I have this affinity for taking on too much and making these expectations that I can’t live up to, so none of that ever happened. So consider this the official launching of the website. WELCOME! If you like what you see I would love for you to subscribe. It’s a big button on the top of the home page. Jonathan did that for me. If you subscribe any new blog posts go into your inbox. If you don’t love the blog that much, thats cool too. I am learning I don’t need everyone’s approval. (Hehe)

This is Downton “flying.”  She doesn’t actually get off the ground but we all clap for her and tell her how amazing she is.

This is Downton “flying.” She doesn’t actually get off the ground but we all clap for her and tell her how amazing she is.

The chicken gang.  We still have all 11 because these are some tough girls right here.

The chicken gang. We still have all 11 because these are some tough girls right here.

My only plans for the blog this year are to keep on writing about all the things Jesus is doing in my life and what He is teaching me and also to write a blurb about the One Year Bible reading. If you have spent anytime reading my blog you know that concise and short posts are not my strength. My friend Jeff refers to my blog posts as manuscripts. My editor (Jesse, my husband) gave up the editor job after about 30,000 words. So, to challenge myself (because the pro’s say you have to challenge yourself) I am going to try to be more to the point in the daily posts. The weekly posts will be there normal self’s. Thank you so much for your feed back and encouragement. I can’t wait to see what God is up to this year!

We went to Hamilton in Chicago in November. It was amazing. We are fully Hamilfans.

We went to Hamilton in Chicago in November. It was amazing. We are fully Hamilfans.