If I could describe my 2016 in one word it would be OVERCOME. Right before Thanksgiving of 2015 we lost my grandma and that was HARD right before the holidays. We finished 2015 in a blur of emotions and a big heart aches. 2016 came in and we did not know what was in store for us. 2016 started out sad, but quickly became the year that I overcame some personal goals that I NEVER thought I would do. It was hard year, it was a fun year, it was a year of personal growth, and a year of pushing myself and really learning how to give it to God, and give up control of situations. Here we go 2016…
We celebrated my Grandpa’s 85th Birthday.
We spent some time in a winter wonderland at my parent’s cabin.
We celebrated Easter with an egg hunt and a low-key day at home.
We went to the County Fair
And watched this one play T-Ball. This was the only time you will see me cheering for the Red Sox. Haha!
May was a BIG month for me. I accomplished a goal that I have always wanted to do, but never thought I would do. I ran a 5K and LOVED every second of it. I was so blessed to do this with my best friend Tara. This was both of our first time running a race and Tara nailed it. She ran it in 30 minutes!
We went to Maddi’s science fair and STEM night.
We celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks and fun!
We rode around with Brandon on a combine while he was busy harvesting.
We played TONS of soccer.
And I FINALLY graduated with my Masters Degree. That was the most difficult thing I have ever done and something I wanted to quit at daily. As a full-time working mom of young kids, and wife, trying to find balance was always difficult and I was stressed out for 18 months straight. Grad school was the most challenging and hardest thing I have ever done. I remember submitting my last assignment and shutting my computer and crying. I just sobbed for a long time because I was so glad it was over and I had my life back. I could not have done this without my husband and grandparents who picked up the slack that I could not during that time, who took the kids for me when I needed to concentrate, or grocery shopped for me, or cleaned the house, or just knew when I needed an encouraging word.
We carved pumpkins, Guy’s weighed over 100 pounds.
We celebrated Halloween.
Brandon and I snuck a weekend away in.
And we celebrated Thanksgiving
We celebrated Christmas all month long.
I am never sure what the New Year holds, but I know that I am entering 2017 in a better place than when I entered 2016. Although we crammed a lot of fun in 2016, it started hard and continued to be hard to balance life and school. OVERCOME was the word that described my 2016. 2017 will be full of HOSPITALITY and SIMPLICITY. I am so looking forward to being home more, making our house that we bought four years ago a home (we haven’t done much to it to make it ours and that is all changing) and enjoying simple things. I loved looking back on this year, it challenged me and I am glad to close the door and open a new one. I hope you have a great start to your New Year.