Goodbye, 2017

Hello, and welcome back.  Goodness, it been a long time since I’ve visited with you on this blog.  Much has happened in the year 2017, and to be honest, I’ve never been so glad to see a new year come.  I have finally come to a place where I am ready to begin sharing on the blog again, but I don’t want to jump back into the swing of things without a brief summary of our year.

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One of the highlights of the year was this spring when we got to take a few days off and head to Texas.  In Dallas/Fort Worth for the birthday party of a friend, we took a couple extra days to see the sights.

In my mind, a trip to Texas would not be complete without making our way to Waco and the Magnolia Silos!  You can read a bit about our Magnolia experience HERE.

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With summer came a new project, and our own fixer upper.  A cute little 1930’s bungalow that we plan to flip quickly began to take up all our spare time.  Because of it’s age, it was one of our more challenging flips, but definitely one of the most charming!

At the end of October, we put the flip house on hold to have a little “us time”… it was time for vacation!  Headed back once again to our beloved Emerald Ilse, North Carolina, we were beyond ready for some rest and much needed TLC.

On Day Two of our trip, while standing in the idyllic grounds of a peaceful, historic church in New Bern, NC, we received the devastating call that no one ever believes they will receive.  My husbands sister, Angie, had passed away suddenly that morning from a double pulmonary embolism.  She was only 45.

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Such news is shocking, numbing and unbelievable under any circumstances, but being hundreds of miles away from our family added a loneliness and desperation to get home that made that the longest day of our lives.  Southwest Airlines went above and beyond to get us back to our family, and after hearing the news at around 1:00 pm, we were back with our family by midnight that night.

I feel as though I could write forever about the vastness of this kind of loss, but suffice it to say that the remaining months of 2017 went by in a blur of tears, pain, numbness and disbelief.  You feel as though you are living an out of body experience, while at the same time the pain is very, very real.

Angie was a vibrant and kind person… my husbands closest friend.  Full of spunk and life, she was one of that rare breed of people who genuinely care about others.  She was full of questions about what was new in your life and it was never feigned… she really wanted to know.  A beautiful person inside and out, she took care of others with all the passion she had.

In our upcoming months and years,  we will be trying to adjust to our new normal…. learning to live life without a person like that.  We can move forward because we know that she is now with her Father, where there is no pain, no tears.  And also because we have the knowledge that He has joyous moments yet to come for us, even in times when that feels impossible.

While the holidays had many painful moments this year, we still celebrated them, for His birth has given us our hope.

This January, I welcomed the new year… more than happy to leave 2017 behind.  Our prayers for 2018 are for peace, for health, for faith to be strong, and for determination to appreciate the simple things… to receive those joyful moments He sends, no matter how small.

Blessings for your new year, and please come back soon for more content!

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  1. God is good in the midst of all the bad and I can tell that you already know that. Praying nothing but blessings and grace on your 2018!

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