It’s February, which means it’s time for all the cold (BOOO) but it also means that I am about to enter into my last year of my 20’s…how on earth is that possible? I honestly still feel 12 sometimes, although my little grey hairs absolutely say otherwise. Haha!!
As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, right?
When I think about the past 28 years, blessed and grateful for the first two words that come to mind, followed closely by growth and purification.
With every year has come more space to learn about who God has created me to be and the opportunity to live into that. This year has challenged and called me out and on in more ways that I could write here or more than anyone would care to read about.
So, instead I am going to share some of my reflections from this past year. Like most, it was a balanced year of really good and fun things, but also some hard and less than desirable things.
Celebrated 3 weddings, pray for Hannah & Adam, Kelsey & Andrew, Olivia & Ryker
A trip to Louisiana for Mardi Gras and visiting friends!
6 Trips to visit my grandparents/ family in Ohio + an Ohio girls trip with my mom and sister!!
1 Golf tournament family reunion in Cincinnati
1 Amazing week at Ocean Isle Beach with my whole family and the Miller’s!
1 Summer road trip to Alabama and Louisiana
2 Trips to San Diego- 1. For my birthday with Sylvia 2. For a momcation/ retirement celebration!
Got to run on the PCH multiple times. Yayy and ouch!
Crossed what I thought was Harpers Ferry ‘bridge’ and a 24 hour Harry Potter movie marathon off my bucket list with Eliz!
Experienced THE best cup of coffee in the world in San Diego! BOUND! 11/10 recommend!
Went to the best gluten free bakery in San Diego!
Still, and forever missing Krispy Kreme donuts!!
Had MANY Sunday family dinners!
Grieved two men I loved dying. My dear Godfather from Parkinson’s and one of my sweetest Peruvian friends from appendicitis.
Continued the processing of being called away from the mission field & learning what the Lord desires it to look like right here!
Your homeland is hard!
Still trying to be patient with the lord in what my Vocation will look like
LOTS of opportunity to grow in humility and relationships with other people!
Made new friends!
Journeyed with some former and current missionaries through healing and spiritual abuse.
Monthly Lymphatic drainage massages to keep my body happy! Thanks Toni!
Focused on boundaries as an office, what a time it has been!!
Supported Arlene in fundraising and being a dancing queen with DWTS of the Burg
Grew my favorite flower, Snap Dragons in the office
Dressed up as royalty with Arlene and Teresa
Witnessed many children receive their sacraments after preparing hard for them!
Showered Madison and her sweet baby to be!
Natalie visited multiple times, which is always a JOY!
MANY pool days at Mom and Dads
Camryn Jane was born!
Saw Wicked and Rent
Had a Sprinkle shower for Victoria and baby H.
Rejoiced in a dear friend’s ordination to the priesthood! Woohoo Father Armando!!
Had many phone/ video dates with my friends all over the country and world
Celebrated Father Joe’s 10 year anniversary to the priesthood!
Mom retired from many years of service at the church, so much to celebrate!
Saw beautiful Christmas lights with the Millers
Had the entire family together for Christmas with SO much quality time!
To end this year I felt called to go on a Healing Retreat. And, God is so good in bringing about healing through it and the promise for deeper healing as time goes on. We are all wounded and broken people, but we are not defined by it!! Our God is one of mercy and compassion. He desires to redeem the hard things about our lives and hearts. We were created IN love and FOR love!! Feeling all the feels in wanting everyone to find FREEDOM in God’s goodness and to not feel bound by what has happened to you and trusting that we can be redeemed, no matter what we have done!! He loves us, and as Sister Miriam said “He doesn’t want us to just manage well!”
I am desiring to enter into this next year of life with the grace and ability to love and care more deeply than any year past. Love and prayers to each and every one of you! Please be praying for me, and let me know how I can be praying for you and offering up all this next year has to come for you and your needs/ desires. God bless you!!