2016 a year in review

2016 was a good year & a trying one, through it I saw the light unfold in my heart & by God’s grace I get to carry a little life. I have seen the Lord redeem some of the hardest of circumstances in my life & through it He has enveloped in me a deeper appreciation for joy. I can see through all of my questions, an escape. He’s always been faithful & that reigns true even amidst the trials.

this past year stripped some of the grief that had swelled my heart from the loss of my dad. i found myself constantly discovering little pieces, things, thoughts, quotes my dad left behind. things i had never seen, read, heard, or tasted before reminded me of him. God revealed bits of His glory through this past year, through the doubt in my heart, through the what if’s, small triumphs, and incidents that came my way.

Wyatt worked harder than anyone I know this past year. he had a vision to create a more financially stable marriage, to give us more experience, more learning opportunity and it blew my heart away with his genuine pursuit after his goals. we were able to purchase our second car together, take a long vacation to Maui, put money away into savings, go to California, donate to families in need, and so much more. God was in the midst of our finances this past year and I am SO grateful.

in August we felt the healing of Jesus during an experience at Bethel Music Worship Nights that took place in Seattle this summer. we had prayers answered and chains broken. we both left more in love with Christ and one another because of it.

in early September we found out we are becoming parents to our sweet girl. I thank God for her already. she is such a gift to our hearts. I already love her so. she has already healed a part of my heart I didn’t know needed healing, until seeing her little heartbeat on the ultrasound screen. in many ways she has proven the odds of my disease, and has already given me back so much of what I felt was stolen from me at a young age. I’ve always dreamt of being her mama, of being a mama at all, and now my heart is so full knowing even God sees the pieces of my heart I had abandoned years ago. he is always pruning the branches of brokenness flawlessly and faithfully.

I resigned my position at the PT office I had worked at for the past two years and I have been adjusting to the idea of becoming my own #girlboss. I have wanted this for the past year and it is finally happening. I can’t wait to see what doors are opened this new year. my hope is to write (to publish).

October brought on the grand opening of Olympia’s 222 market, Wyatt and I had the opportunity to be a small part of that. I had a photo featured in Seattle magazine, and Wyatt designed their website.

November and December brought more joy to our marriage knowing Wyatt is finishing his degree in just two semesters, we are close to having paid one of our cars off, our little girl is healthy and strong, we have two free flights to use for the new year, & we have high hopes for so many things this new year.

a few of my goals for the new year include:

  • visit our grandparents more often.
  • write here at least monthly.
  • get my a1c down to a 6.2 (or better yet 6.0).
  • learn to cook.
  • replace our couch.
  • buy a dinner for a family when we are out sometime.
  • pray over baby girl & her daddy daily.
  • wear the color pink more.
  • take more home videos.
  • establish a morning routine.
  • spend more time with people who help me grow.
  • write down a scripture for the week every Monday to put on the fridge.
  • learn to swaddle a baby.
  • perfect a winged liner technique.
  • kiss sweet little baby cheeks 24/7.
  • work on myself for myself for the sake of my family.
  • become less focused on things and enjoy the now.
  • throw a surprise party for someone I love.
  • tell my siblings more often how proud of them I am.
  • do one thing every day for Wyatt that will bless him (little or big).
  • wash my sheets every week (because cleanliness).
  • meet for coffee more often.
  • love Wyatt deeper.
  • Serve Jesus better.

happy new year to you! here’s to a brand new 2017!

 

 

won by perfect love

I am terrified by the news reports. By the uncertainty of our Nation, and our presidential election for 2016. I want to know my prayers have an impact the process that will take place in November. I want to know that my voice, my vote and my raised hands make a difference. I want to know that we are not compromising our freedom or faith, for fear. I want integrity, leadership, and God’s mighty hand to guide the way of our next president. I want to be brave and not swept up by fear of what I can’t see. I want to be led by compassion. I challenge all of my beloved sisters in Christ, to be bold in this upcoming election, and in our current worldly happenings. Pray for our Nation, and take comfort knowing that  there is hope in the promise of the cross.

“Jesus is the anchor of my soul”-Hebrews 6:19

I take refuge knowing that He holds the world in His hands, and that ultimately we have been won by perfect love! And His perfect love casts out ALL fear.

” Praise be to the Lord to God our Savior who daily bears our burdens”- Psalm 68:19

Let’s begin to ask the Lord how we can become active in our society, in our current National happenings, and how to pray over our future president. I pray that as we begin to hear from the Lord, that we follow through with the guidance he’s given us. That we show compassion, strength, and faith in the Lord over all. I pray the companionship of the Lord brings peace, clarity and vision. I pray that we are empowered by the Spirit to change the earth and bring heaven closer to our hearts, seeking first eternity’s crown. Amen.

“As you obey, the impressions from the Spirit will come more frequently, becoming closer and closer to constant companionship.” —Henry B. Eyring

Piper

 

There is hope in the promise of the cross. and this hope is an anchor for my soul. God will stand unshakable.

October 5th, 2014

We’ve made it one year into our marriage, and I have to tell you how thankful, proud, humbled, and breathtakingly in love with you I have become.

There are not enough words to summarize the year we have had together.

We now know how to put an IKEA bed frame together, grocery shop without arguing, balance your gym routine with my need to say 15,000 words a day, cuddle without making our limbs go numb; pray withholding nothing from one another. We now know how to talk a car dealer down. You have held my heart in all of its delicate pieces, during the most tragic loss I have ever experienced. We spent our first married Thanksgiving in the Emergency room, we’ve spent many evenings up laughing from exhaustion & joy, I’ve still yet to learn to drive a clutch, but I appreciated the one lesson you did give me (BUT DID YOU DIE?), we’ve gone to Disneyland together after many years of saying “one day we will”. You’ve braided my hair, and I’ve shaved your face. We’ve prayed over our finances and have seen God’s provision through and through. You’ve watched the Gilmore Girls with me like a champ! We’ve learned to criticize each other less & embrace each other more. You made me a coconut cream pie from scratch for my birthday (because you are wonderful), and I made you a dozen chocolate cupcakes w/coconut frosting (mostly because I love you but also because I love cake). We’ve sang worship songs throughout our home & we’ve jammed out to Megan Trainor (because we’re all about that bass).

I choose you, and I’ll choose you over & over & over again. Without pause, without doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you. You are all I’ve ever wanted, more than I’ve hoped for, and the best friend a girl could ask for. Wyatt, thank you for being my heart’s song, my steady comfort, my best friend in the universe, and straight up eye candy (insert emoji heart eyes).

I’ll love you forever and forever you’ll see, you are all that I need, so long as there’s you, I’ll be.

XO,

wife

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