2017 in Review...
I debated doing a "year in review" post but I think it seems fitting. Sure, it's been a long time since I've posted regularly, but I thought I should look back over the past year and tell you how much the Lord has helped me and changed my life around...
2017 Goals In Review
First off, let's look over last year's goals and see how those went...
This actually went a little different than I had planned, I ended up changing my routine to reading both morning and night. It's helped me a lot to be able to go to sleep right after reading the Lord's word and start each day reading His word, it helps me sleep and it helps me start off well. So that's nice!
To have a prayer/Bible journal
I did it and finished it, I am trying to decide if I should start a new one or add a new devotional for this year. I think I may do a new devotional.
To journal every night in my regular journal
Continuing that, that's two years straight with every day journaling, starting my third year!
To write 500 words every day
Heheh, no, this didn't happen...
Be a better communicator, be it email or messages or just talking in general, being honest in how I feel but polite as well
Wow. I forgot this was a goal of mine. Let's just say this was something the Lord really did a lot of work in me over the year, and He's really blessed me in this area. I'm still learning so much in how to do this correctly, in how to be honest about how I feel but to do it respectfully. I'm a horrible enabler so this has been a big deal to learn how to be honest with people. God's been really good in teaching me this, I forgot this was a goal of mine.
To spend as much time with Bodie as I can and do what is best with him, no matter the cost or the time.
This became painfully true this year... When I had to choose to do what was best for him and put him down in November. I didn't spend nearly as much time as I wish I could have, but I'm learning not to pine away for the past and to remember the good things. Make decisions with no regrets. <3
Complete Mornellys and publish it
Heheh. Nope. Didn't happen.
Complete third/fourth Mornelly book
Nope... I didn't do a good job in writing this year...
To actively pursue a better relationship with the Lord,
not think everyone is judging me, to be able to accept who I am in Christ and not try to be like everyone else simply for the sake of being seen as a good Christian, to truly be strong and at peace with who I am in Christ.
Wow... this is another thing I don't remember as a goal but another thing that God's really worked on me. This past year He really stripped me down of who I saw myself as, who I believed I was, and has been teaching me who I am in him and losing my identity to His identity. It's been huge, and such a blessing, and learning to not care about what people think about me is really big. I still really struggle with it but it's been life changing what God's been teaching me in this area.
Post a blog post at least once a week
Complete the 2017 Book Challenge
I did! I read all 25 of my books. :) I was very happy about that, I read more this year than I planned to and I was very happy about that.
Get my driver's license
Praise the Lord I did that, too! :D
Possibly, a trip to a certain state to see a certain friend
And yes, I did make that "trip" to a certain "state" to see a certain "friend." I went to Kansas to see Jesseca and that was such a huge blessing, and, as it turned out, just the right time for a need I had. <3
2017 Pictures in Review
Here's some of my favorite pictures from each month last year. :)
|Spending those couple days up at the camp with Rose and her now husband Joe, and getting to work with this wonderful gentleman, Luka, who has come to play a big part in my life..|
|Playing with Bodie in the snow. <3|
|Working at the stables in negative degree weather. One morning it was -20 when I|
went out to start the ATV. :')
|A proud moment--- little sister "R" finally had enough hair grow back from|
cancer treatment we could do her hair in ponytails. <3
|I enjoyed writing messages in Russian around the horse stables I worked at to scare the boarders.|
This one says "I love horses". The other barn manager saw it and wiped it off. XD
|This girl, Ivy Rose, has become such a wonderful and close friend of mine. <3 I remember this day|
so clearly as we shared deep secrets we had, and also had a great laugh over a hilarious photo. XD
|Having another heart-to-heart talk with my best listener (besides God), Bodie.|
March found Bodie hearing my struggles as I tried to figure out why I was feeling
so anxious and was dealing with a lot of health issues and heart matters.
|Enjoying a moment with my brave little sister, R. As 2017 rolled by,|
she grew stronger and healthier and happier!
|Claiming bragging rights over my favorite kitty, Ebony, for being|
such a sweet and "scarfable" kitty. She belongs to my sister
Melissa, but Ebony and I share a special friendship when Melissa isn't home.
|April... a month of promises, and an amazing time getting to know the Lord better|
as I sought His will over my concerning health issues and my anxieties. <3
I grew so much in my walk with God that month.
|I had so much fun spending time with Jesseca, and getting to meet "Krispy" and her little sister,|
and was so blessed by their friendship. It was a fantastic trip to Kansas!
|May brought some of the worst allergies we'd seen in years, there was pollen everywhere.|
Of course, we mature adult children made sure dad knew exactly who messed with the car
and wrote all over it. XD
|I got to spend a lot of time with little sister "R" during the month of May. I was|
so blessed to see her grow stronger and become healthier as her treatment
progressed. We went on many walks together and prayed a lot. <3
|May marked Bodie's twentieth birthday. We celebrated with apples and oatmeal|
cream pies. I'm really glad we did, as this would be the last birthday I celebrated
|I took Bodie on his final walk in June. It was after this particular walk,|
as nice as it was, that I knew he wasn't doing well. He had trouble walking on the
pavement due to his legs hurting so much. I'm glad I snapped this picture of him,
|I also found and played with lots of animals in July, including this adorable|
baby field mouse who I befriended. It wasn't even afraid of me, I loved it!
|August brought so many new changes to my life. My second niece was born!|
And I have gotten to enjoy being an aunt all over again. <3
|One of my many afternoons in the kitchen at work, prepping for our famous Hansen Applesauce.|
I spent lots of fun time in the basement with my coworkers and enjoyed many good conversations.
Fall season is one of my favorite seasons at work.
|And what a way to begin my October than with beautiful flowers from my best|
friend, Luka, to celebrate one year of us being friends.
He certainly knows how to make a girl happy. ^.^
|December, what a blessed month! It marked the end of treatment for this brave|
little girl and she is officially cancer free! Little sister celebrated with hamburgers
and lots of nurses and doctors congratulating her. It was a very special day. We all
|December is also Christmas tree season at the farm. While we didn't have lots|
of customers during the weekdays, my boss and I enjoyed building very big
bonfires out of apple and cherry wood. It was a blast and we had fun.
|And what better way to write stories and letters than on a real Remington typewriter|
from the fifties? Luka knows this girl's idea of a grand Christmas present! <3
The last year has been filled with trials and blessings, but I choose to see the blessings of what has happened and share those with you, readers. There were so many wonderful things happening, so many things that God worked out for the good, and how can I tell you anything else but how great our Lord is? How wonderful He is, and what He has done for me? Yes, it is hard to live with my food allergies, yes, there was a lot of pain and heartache losing Bodie, but there was so much more good that I choose to see.
And I hope you choose to see it, too, in your own lives. There is always heartache and trial, but there is so much good out there, too. Because God is good.
So here's to the New Year and my goals for that...
May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may you be richly filled with His love and assurance of His love for you this year!
God bless all of you, readers!
|My love for animals hasn't diminished a bit. This is Ferdinand, a crab I met|
at the beach in Oregon. He was a tourist from Spain, according to what he told me.