With a new year comes a lot of excitement! The feeling of a fresh start in many areas of our lives, planning for future events and adventures, new goals, and more! Everyday is a blessing! While we welcome in the New Year don’t forget to reflect on the many blessings that you have enjoyed over the past year(s). I encourage you to initiate a conversation with your family (it can be during a family dinner, game night, or any good time when everyone is present). During this family time focus on these three things as a family to start off your New Year right. This time together will make a positive impact on the hearts and lives of each individual family member and is worth it:
Setting aside a time when everyone is together can be difficult, however it is important. It can be during a family dinner, game night, or another time when the family is together. Make sure it is a convenient time with as little distractions as possible. A time when everyone is more relaxed (not hungry, ready for bed, or trying to multi-task while having this conversation). The reflecting on memories helps create a happy bond, the tough times allow family members to see that they are not alone and have the support of people who love them, and looking ahead gives you the opportunity to improve and grow into a better individuals and family unit. If you do write down the family goals please do your best to follow through as much as possible because these goals are important to the members.
Life has a way of staying busy. Taking the time to spending reflecting on good memories as a way has a way of bringing everyone together. It may cause some laughter, tears, and healing. It is good to be reminded of the many blessings in our life and to realize that we are journeying through this life together. Yes, we make mistakes along the way, but we can can make the best of it and have a lot of fun too. Many blessings to you and your family this 2017 New Year!!!
Karlie’s Pumpkin glowing after she finished carving it!
We had a fun family Halloween celebration the weekend before Halloween. Since Halloween came on a Monday night (also a school night) we decided to celebrate as a family over the weekend. Once again we gave the kids the option to dress up and go trick-r-treating or to stay home and have a family Halloween Celebration together. They choose again to stay home celebrate by carving pumpkins, playing games, and having fun together as a family.
Both girls picked, designed and/or created what they wanted on their pumpkins prior to carving. Karlie went with a more cute and traditional pumpkin face with a BOO underneath while Brina chose to do a Mare with her baby foal. They worked hard cleaning out and carving their pumpkins. The pumpkins turned out super cute too! Thankful for a time of celebration with my family. Hope you had a safe and Happy Halloween too!
Brina’s adorable Horse and Foal Pumpkin all a glow!
Working hard on carving their pumpkins
Opening the package from Grandma Kay, PopPop, and Nana
Sweet Halloween treats from Grandma, Nana, and PopPop! Fun and tasty surprise!
Karlie is excited about her chocolate covered popcorn ball from the Popcorn Factory! Thank you Grandam, Nana, and PopPop!!!
It was a wild week full of a lot of emotion. Some co-workers and friends live near Charleston. Thankful that Hurricane Matthew did let us a little bit so it wouldn’t do any more damage. A lot of people will be cleaning up for awhile after it’s visit. Our hearts go out to the families that lost loved ones, homes, and businesses as it went through. It was really strange looking at pictures of flooded streets and places we have visited some many times like Battery Park and downtown Charleston. Despite all the weather this past week there was a lot to be thankful for during our week. You don’t have to look very far to find good in the world around you. Blessed and thankful!
I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.
Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:
Monday –Thankful that I get to pick the girls up from school and hear about their days at school as well as their adventures after school.
Tuesday – Thankful that the girls are working hard on their homework projects at school. Some evenings some longer when we are trying to get it all done, but for the most part they have a great attitudes about everything they have to do.
Wednesday – Thankful for a co-worker who willingly pitched in to help on a couple of items at work since my week was very busy.
Thursday – Thankful for Jake taking care of the girls, finishing dinner, homework, and other normal evening activities so I can go to to Ladies Bible Study
Friday – Thankful that the girls had a fun movie night at school and for a chance to go out on a date night with my Man!
Saturday – Thankful for an opportunity to rest for a little bit. Grateful for answered prayers that Hurricane Matthew slowed down more, it was already devastating enough, but grateful that it wasn’t any worse. A lot of people, homes, and businesses were impacted by it.
Sunday – Thankful for a place to worship and learn more. Grateful that the girls have a chance to meet with kids their age and learn too.
What are you thankful for today? I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today. It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.
Pool and inside deck area on the ship!
Once we were back on the New Holland Zaandam cruise ship after exploring the town of Seward, Alaska we were able to check out more of the ship. The girls were thrilled to see all the cool activities and places on the ship. They couldn’t wait to try out the pool deck, play a little bit, and try out the different foods as well as fun activities that were coming up that week. Thankful for the opportunity to spend this time with the family. We had a blast spending time together. It was a wonderful family vacation!
Testing out the courts…..they had fun even in the rain! 🙂
Brina enjoying her first dinner on the cruise. She found out that although the window views were nice at dinner it was a little chilly and she needed her jacket!
Our first night on-board the ship and heading to dinner!
Jake and Karlie having fun at our first dinner on the cruise!