Happy New Year Friends!
Whew! Made it through 2019 and so many things to share with you!
Although, we experienced many sorrowful events last year, 2019 was such a blessing to our family. Especially me and Wayne. I have much to be thankful for and I know that 2020 will bring so many more blessings.
After spending Christmas 2018 with our daughter, we received the exciting news in January that our son in law, Austin was coming home from Saudi Arabia after being deployed for a year.
In February, he traveled to Florida and then Texas where Hannah was able to meet him and they were able to spend a few days together in Texas before driving home to Arizona. They have adjusted to life in Flagstaff nicely . I couldn’t be happier for them. I am thankful he came home safe.
We enjoyed many trips this year (Sedona, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Ohio and Long Beach) . Working from home and owning our business provides us with flexibility to go see our family (even though it’s freezing most of the time in Flagstaff!)
In August , while visiting Arizona, we received the sad news that our sweet dog, Oreo had suffered a stroke. We had to make the heart wrenching decision to let him pass humanely. One of the hardest decisions to make and I cry thinking about him.
My Mom was with him and comforted him through his transition. I was so grateful that she was able to be with him, but I know it was very, very difficult for her.
Oreo’s death fell one day before the third anniversary of my Dad’s death which made it such a sad weekend for us.
On August 25th, we received an early morning call that Wayne’s Dad had been admitted to the hospital the previous evening with heart trouble. They had to life-flight him to Cleveland.
On Tuesday, August 27th, we received the news that he had passed away.
My husband suffers from PTSD from his time serving in the military. He was devastated from the shock of losing his Dad who was so very healthy. I had to be very present for him.
Losing my Dad in August 2016 and then our sweet puppy on August 9th and my father-in-law on August 27th put a cloud of despair on our family and especially Wayne.
I thought of closing down the blog and shelving my thoughts of writing a book. I was definitely feeling stressed and defeated, but I knew I needed to be strong for Wayne.
After taking a bit of time off and spending the holidays with our family , I have a renewed sense of hope. I decided to keep writing and lock down goalsfor the new year.
One of the first items on my To-Do list for 2020 was to think of a Word of the Year. I had not thought of a word of the year since 2016’s word: Purpose.
In 2017, I was in cancer treatment and frankly just learning to survive during recovery in 2018.
I scanned the internet and looked up word suggestions on other blogs.
My chief complaint last year was boundaries. Both the physical and emotional boundaries that are lacking in my life. I kinda thought that word was trivial and didn’t explain itself well to others, but it kept lingering in my head. I scrolled through Instagram and the first quote I saw was this:
The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none. ~ Unknown
For me, finding this quote was a God thing and this decided it.
I am going to use Boundaries as my word of the year.
I am using this word to promote boundaries for my emotional well-being and my physical environment.
This means I will share more relationship struggles in the emotional well-being category.
Because of the struggles we faced with my multiple surgeries and cancer treatment, we have a lot of deferred maintenance on our house that needs addressed.
That’s where the physical boundaries fall in to place.
I have already started organizing and doing repairs to each room of our house. My goal is to repair and organize each room in my house AND the outside of our house too!
I have already posted my first project on Instagram so I hope you will follow along!
“It only takes one step to create YOUR best life”