2016–Wow! What a year! In some ways it’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by, but in other ways it seems like this year might have just been the longest year of my life. 2016 was a great year for our family, but at the same time it was also a very tough year for us emotionally, mentally and spiritually for various reasons. Your Dad and I tried to keep things in perspective when times got tough, and worked hard to rely on each other even when we felt pulled towards the opposite.
It’s easy to feel helpless when it seems like one thing after another keeps happening to bring you down–like things pile up and you just don’t know how to stop it. Everyone’s been there, every one goes through a season like this in their lives. Don’t ever think that bad things or tough times only ever fall on you–it happens to everyone. The way you react to those times says a lot more about your character than how you act when things are smooth sailing.
When it seems like things are getting too hard, take a look around and realize that life is good. The kids are healthy and happy. Our home is peaceful and steady. We have food, clothing and good friends. In the whole scheme of life, we have it pretty good. Even if life is hard right now, I know that it won’t be like this forever. Yes, even through the hard times, life is still good. God is still good and faithful, even in time when it seems like He’s not. Please know that, like *really* know that.
This past year was an exercise in trust for our family. Life isn’t always butterflies and rainbows, little ones. But it is *always* good and we are always here for a purpose. Thanks for always keeping things in perspective for us. For 2017 we are holding on to the hope that the future brings goodness and happiness for our family, our community, our country and our world.
Happy New Year, my sweet babes! I love you to the moon and back!
P.S. I hope you enjoy looking back on some of my favorite photos from this year. If it seems like many of them are from the summer, it’s because they are. Summer is my jam.