Nine years ago today, our oldest daughter Emorie blew into the world. We were told only one year earlier we’d never have children without fertility intervention. We said we’d go home and think about it. Two months later, we found out she was on the way. She was born three weeks early and was the tiniest, pinkest infant Id ever seen in my life. We were instantly in love.
Her personality grew right along with her and she gained a fan club everywhere we went.
Even as a toddler, she was known for her sunny personality and soft spot for others.
She is smart, talented, kind hearted and loving. She is empathetic toward others and wants to be an oncology nurse someday.
She doesn’t like to admit it, but she loves her little sister and tries to take care of her.
She is happiest when she is dancing and she works hard each day to become better at her dancing.
She is growing up so fast and will be a fourth grader this fall. We have realized we only have nine more years left before she goes to college. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun.
Happy birthday, Sunshine. You are loved beyond measure.
I apologize for the lack of posts lately but things have been a bit crazy busy around here. We are still self quarantined but things have picked up a bit with us. We are knee deep in house projects and we’ve only just finished school.
The girls and I have been taking walks each day and we see so many things on our walks that make us smile.
Happy New Year, dear friends! I hope you are doing well and have had a wonderful week. We are doing well…and still trying to clean up from Christmas.
We were very blessed and had a great Christmas filled with family and sweet memories.
Now that the new year is upon us, I have been taking some time to reflect on what I need to do better this year. I don’t like to call them “new year’s resolutions,” as I feel that is somewhat cliched and, if I’m honest, I have a better chance of keeping them if I don’t call them that.
So… in no particular order, here is what I’d like to improve in the year 2020:
I’m probably not the only person who plans to spend less and save more in the new year. I’d also like to be a little more intentional with my spending and purchase less.
2. Live with less
Less is more, and we have a lot of things we don’t need or use. I’ve been on a personal quest this week to clean out and clear away all of the unneeded items in our home. Our house feels cleaner and brighter and it’s great. If you have something in your home you don’t need, donate or give it away so someone else can enjoy it. I’ve gone through and purged every room except our playroom, our closets and our dressers. That’s happening this weekend.
3. Spend time with my family more
Together is my favorite place to be, yet I feel like I didn’t spend enough time with my family this year. Those are moments and memories you can’t get back, so enjoy them while you can.
In fact, one of my words of the year is going to be “together.”
4. Continue my fitness journey
I made a commitment to get healthy by exercising more and eating well. I’m really glad I made those changes and I look forward to improving my health even more in 2020.
5. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to improve my walk with Christ.
I have seen time and time again that when you put God first, everything else falls into place. I want to be sure to put God first and stop struggling with things that I need to trust God to handle.
Tomorrow I will share my two words of the year. What are your “New Years improvements” for 2020?