I am straining for ways to introduce this post.
The past three year-end posts have filled me with warm thoughts and excitement as I scrolled through compiling travel pictures, engagement, wedding, and our first year as newlyweds and “adults”.
This year’s was a bit different.
2015 was a good, beautiful, sweet, adventurous, and hard year.
The photo compilation doesn’t include the funerals we attended or the numerous doctor’s offices we sat in or the painful tears that poured from our eyes. But it also doesn’t quite show the way that the Lord has held us. The quiet moments where we just sat on the couch holding hands in silence saying, “God is good.” because there were literally no other words.
I wanted so badly to just take this new calendar year and run away with new goals and a clear slate. To forget all the hard times and just think of all the exciting unknowns (blinding myself to the scary unknowns this year will bring, of course) and all the adventures J and I would embark on.
But to do that, I need to take a long look back.
To see the sweet and the suffering as part of God’s purpose for our lives.
This year Millie was brought into our lives. And what a joy filled grace she is!
We went on our first camping adventure this spring and have made a few preparations to go again this year. Bike riding, hammocking, and just going for walks and enjoying the world around us has been a big part of this year. I am not “outdoorsy” by any means but I do enjoy being outside. Especially if the weather is mild and the book is long.
We celebrated many birthdays – and one very special birth day of my good friend Victoria’s daughter, Elizabeth. I will always remember the joy and sweetness her new life brought.
In July we took a trip to Nashville with J’s brother and sister-in-law. We loved just walking around the city and eating so much good food.
We spent quite a few weekends visiting my family and on one of those trips I had the pleasure of joining my mom to see her hometown and the farm house where she was raised.
Thanking the Lord for his sweet graces and for a new year.
He has not let our feet slip.
“Bless our God, O peoples;
let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into he net;
you have laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.”