Saturday, December 15, 2018

Reflections of 2018

I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I have been busy disinfecting my home because a few members of family came down with a stomach bug. We just cannot seem to get rid of it. Hopefully this was the last round of it.

The holidays are fast approaching and my family and I will be busy this holiday season. This will be my last post of 2018. This is the time of year where people reflect back over their year. I thought I would join many other bloggers who are writing about their reflections of their year. If I had to give 2018 a one word theme it would be change.

Our family experienced many changes in 2018. Most of the changes did not happen until the last half of the year, but they were big enough to leave an impact on our year.

January through June, the first 6 months of the year, we did not have many changes, but we did experience several firsts as a family. June through December was when most of our changes took place which included a job change for my husband, a move for our family, a school change for three of our kids, and a new routine for our family. Below is our year in photos! Enjoy reflecting with me on what 2018 was like for our famly.

In January my husband invested in getting me a FitBit. I wanted to make changes in my life to better my health. I have Crohn's disease and my doctor was telling me to eat healthier and get more active. Getting my FitBit definitely changed my life and my year. In 2018, I lost 20lbs. I am not sure if you can tell a difference between the two pictures below, but I can feel the changes. I am going to keep this up in 2019. I am so glad I made the change in 2018, because it has paid off. I feel much healthier than I have in a long time.
In February our third son had his tonsils taken out. This was our first child who needed to have his tonsils out. We have 5 kids so we may have one or two others who may need a tonsilectomy. This was also the year for surgeries to take place. As you read on, you will understand this.
Also in February, our second son received his new BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid). He had srugery in December of 2017 to get an abutment placed on the side of his head where his new BAHA would click into place. As you can see in the second picture below, he was so excited for his new hearing aid!
In March two things happened. The first thing thath happened in March was that our daughter (our last baby) was dedicated at our church. It was bittersweet because she is our last baby which means we won't have anymore baby dedications.
The second thing that happened was our oldest son was baptized. We are so proud of the decision he made. This was our first child to make the choice to be baptized and follow God for the rest of his life. We know our other children will also make this decision. Our oldest son also got his first Bible. It was such a sweet and special day. My husband had the opportunity to baptize him. There is nothing better than seeing a father baptize his child.
 In April, I decided to turn my hobby of photography into something more. My photography is still growing and I hope it continues to grow in 2019.You can check out my photography page here: www. Also in April we got a new van. We had to get rid of my white 1997 Chrysler Town and Country van because it pretty much stopped working. Our new van is a black 2011 Chrysler Town and Country van, which we love! Obviously, we are commited to Chrysler Town and Country vans.
So much happened in May of this year:

We went on our first trip as a family of 7 to North Carolina. All of our kids experienced the beach and a boat ride for the first time. 

Our oldest son lost his first tooth.

Our last baby turned one!
June and July consisted of the 2017-2018 school year coming to a close. Our kids grew so much during that school year. Once school was out, we did our best to enjoy the summer as a family. The kids got a lot of time outdoors in our pool and playing at our local park. In July, I had to have me appendix removed (I told you this was the year for surgeries). Thankfully my recovery went quickly and I could enjoy the little bit of summer I had left with the kids before they went back to school.
Last day of 1st grade for Logan.
Last day of preschool for Landon.
Last day of Liam's first year of preschool.
Lucas wanted to hold a sign too.
4th of July.
Me after my surgery.
August was the month that changed how the rest of our 2018 would go. Our older three boys started school. At the end of August my husband had an interview at a high school. A few days after that interview he received the call that he got the teaching position in which he interviewed for. That started 8 weeks where my husband would leave on Sunday evenings and come home on Friday evenings. I was basically a single mom Sunday nights to Friday nights.

First day of school for Logan and Landon.
First day of school for Liam.
My husband's first day school.

September and October were the months where my faith was put to the test. After my husband took the teaching job, we had no idea when we would be back together as a family. I had to put so much faith and trust in God that living apart during the school week was only temporary. I dug deep into God's word. I listened to more worship music. Making sure I kept God the focus of our family, while the head (my husband) of our family was away during the week, is how the kids and I survived those 8 weeks. There are some days I still cannot believe I managed 5 kids, packing a whole house, and still blogged. Like I said, I did it because God was by my side the whole time. At the end of October we made our big move across the state of Kentucky. God is so very good! He came through for our family and blessed us so much with this big life change. The following Bible verses were just a few of many that helped me keep my faith in God during the time that my husband and I were apart.
Our new house.
We spent all of November getting settled and unpacked. I picked up blogging again after our big move. You can read my November posts if you browse my blog. Now that it is December, I can say we are definitely settled and getting more established in our new area. The kids love their new school. My husband of course loves his job. I am enjoying the new surroundings and making mom friends. We are currently preparing for the holidays and counting down to Christmas. We have been making ornaments, baking Christmas goodies, and watching Christmas movies. The best part, our Christmas shopping is done. We are looking forward to spending Christmas with family.
I hope you enjoyed reflecting with me on what 2018 was like for our family. It feels so great to end this year in our new home. The changes in this last almost 2 months have been amazing for our family. We really are so blessed and we are so thankful to God for always doing things in His timing.
I am so excited for 2019 and cannot wait to see what it will hold for our family. I cannot wait to see how else God will bless us. I am excited to continue blogging and to continue with my start in photography. I hope and pray that 2019 is amazing for my readers as well. As I close out, take a look at how much our family has changed in 2018.
With this being my last post of 2018, I just want to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope 2018 was a great year for you. I am so thankful for your support as my readers. As you go into 2019 keep the faith, hope, and love! See you next year!


  1. You made me think that maybe I should also do a "summary" of my year. One in which you show me and remind me of everything I have faced that I have created and that I have discovered ... a wonderful idea! Your has excited and inspired me!

  2. Very nice pictures, Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family. I enjoyed reading the article.

  3. Wow, it's been a busy year for you.. I am not sure where to even begin to think about all the ups and downs and events of the past year... It's nice to though to write and have something to look back on.

  4. This is nice think i should do a 2018 rewind on my website

  5. Thanks for sharing your 2018! I wish you and your family abundance and unforgettable experience that will bring so much joy and love for 2019. Cheers!

  6. Wow. What a full year. Our family also came down with the flu. Glad it was before the holidays.

  7. You've got such an adorable family. And it seems like your year is indeed a great one. I also have some reflecting and some thanking to do before this year ends.

  8. It's so important to reflect back on the year and photos are such a great way to do it! What a great idea

  9. My theme for the upcoming year is "ease." I will plan, budget and relax well and not get into the overwhelm cycle.

  10. A lot of smiles for your family in 2018! I love looking back at the end of a year and seeing all we have done and been through. In fact, I may just do my own post like this...thanks for the idea :)

  11. You all definitely had an eventful year! Kudos to you on the weight loss, you look great! And on managing the house while your husband worked out of town for a few months. Wishing you all the best in 2019!

  12. You surely had an eventful year!! I am so sorry to hear that your son needed surgery. I wish you the best for thr New Year.

  13. You have had a very busy year with so many memories, I hope you all recover in time for Christmas

  14. It's like it's the season for stomach bug. Hope your family feels better to enjoy this beautiful holiday season. Remember to have them drink plenty of fluid.

  15. What a busy year. So sorry about the tonsil surgery. I am sure it really helped. I love the beach. Glad your kids got to see the ocean for the first time.

  16. Looks like you had a roller coaster ride. I hope 2019 will be more exciting. It was an interesting year indeed.

  17. I love the idea of reviewing your year month by month! It's so easy to forget all of the wonderful memories that were made and how many lessons were learned, so this is a great way to reflect on everything that happened! Thank you so much for sharing all of this about your family :)

  18. Wow, the lat part of the year truly did hold some big changes for you! I am glad everything worked in your family's favor!

  19. What a wonderful post! This was fun to read, I liked the pictures. Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. You had a BEAUIFUL and FULL year!!! Thank you for sharing so much of your highlights with us all. It was amazing to read! You are blessed!

  21. Wow! That's a lot of things happening on the same year. I am glad that you have kept your faith and trusted God with everything. God bless you sister!

  22. This looks like you had a great and fun full year. I love the beach. Glad your kids got to see the ocean for the first time.

  23. It is wonderful that you continue to focus on the most important points for you. Keep doing what you like, and the experts will help you with this.

  24. A change of jobs and moving sounds eventful! I hope your 2019 is a great one - so much in store! :)


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