Below is this year’s “year in review” – now officially added to our family binder! I’m always amazed at what can happen in a year. At the end of 2016, we had asked close friends to join in a novena to the Holy Family with the intention of our fertility. I was hopeful that God would grant us a new life soon, but I wasn’t expecting it. Here we are, closing out 2017, and we have this most precious life to look after. It’s incredible.
That’s just one way in which the Lord has blessed us in these past twelve months. That’s not to mention all the small moments of each day in which we receive God’s love. And there are many! May you have a blessed remainder of the Christmas season and a happy new year! Deo gratias!
2016: Year in Review
2015: Year in Review
2014: Year in Review
I have a lot of goals for this year (many of which are not written here), and I’m okay with that. I love entering into this reflection period and looking ahead to all that God might work in us during this next stage of life. 2016 was another great foundation building year for our family, but still with many changes. I commented to Kevin the other day that it still feels like we are in the pre-planning phase of our life (which probably sounded quite negative to him), but it’s true. We’ve done so much, and yet some days feel like we still have this massive mountain ahead of us to climb. Of course, that is life. But there are specific ways we want to live our life while climbing that mountain (careers, children, a house, etc.) and we are just not quite there. And that’s okay! This is how God is forming us. And I really believe that He is preparing us for something wonderful. Our road is not common, and people often don’t understand while we are still pursuing these lofty dreams. But we know why.
So for 2017, I’m really hoping to develop better routines for the life stage we are in right now! And if God calls us to something else, we adjust. That’s how life goes.
Actively work towards our professional goals
Learn how to use our
new used mirrorless camera
Put more energy into the blog (aka write more substantially)
Open up Etsy shop with Kevin’s art (step one of many other steps!)
- Develop Kevin’s website further
Nurture my health (physically & emotionally)
Go deeper in the spiritual life
Cultivate new & old relationships
Invest completely in our marriage
- Create a formalized routine for breakfast/dinner together
- Take a class together (maybe some sort of dance, like we did when we were dating)
- Take walks together in winter (it’s the only season we struggle with)
- Find new ways to pray together daily
- Take a trip together (with any luck – to Quebec! again!)
I’m quite excited for 2017. And I am so grateful for this time of year. While in some ways it’s really just starting a new calendar, there’s a deeper level to is as well. And to begin the year in the octave of Christmas! That is not coincidental. May God bless us all in this new year!
P.S. – my Saint of the year (using this online Saint generator) is St. Catherine of Genoa!