Reflecting on 39

Today is my thirty-something-kinda-ish-but-not-really birthday and I want y'all to come along with me as I take a glance back at the past year. Thinking of what all this past year has held blows my mind. Honestly, it's been one of the most blessed years ever! Though trying at times, I am overwhelmed with joy to see all that I experienced in the last 12 months! So let's go for a little time-travel and reflect on my journey.

August was filled with lots of canning. Visiting a few amish farms. School shopping. Spending some time with a sweet couple that our littles sure miss like crazy. And spending as much time with my littles as I could before school started. And then, sadly, sending my oldest off for the first day of his senior year. And the ending of my sadness.

In September I focused a bit on the importance of embarrassing our littles. We went to the truck pulls and to my class reunion. Tuesdays held Ladies Bible Study at church, sure enjoy my time with those lovelies!

October held 9 senior sessions, 3 family sessions, 1 engagement session and 1 newborn session. And our own big family photo session. Football football football. Ladies bible study. Lotsa photo editing. Yeah, October was a bit ridic. It also held me having one of my biggest messy mascara days! And of course, pumpkin everything!

My November was spent being thankful for oh so many blessings in my life. Putting our tree up. Black Friday shopping. Christmas crafting began. And I finally addressed my anonymous blog commenter.

In December I was over-the-moon to have my Christmas spirit back, it felt magical! But I felt it important to tell others it's okay if Christmas makes you sad. It also held a surgery for me, but this one was close to home! Baking cookies at church with the teens. Christmas caroling. Making our Christmas cards {one of my fav things!}. We had an amazing, blessed Christmas.

In January I shared my journey. And I shared about a hard topic to talk about, intimacy in marriage.

Oh February, the month of love. I also wrote on of my fav blog posts, 10 Truths for Every Teenage Girl. And I tried my hand at incubating eggs, and hatched out one!

March was filled with hatching more new babies. A trip to Cleveland to visit my Dr. And trying to wrap my head around when a situation only leaves you with sadness. I also shared what I wish I had known before I got chickens.

In April we were busy. I had another surgery in Cleveland. A fun teen group girls sleepover here at our house {aka...lots of giggles}. Easter. A new car. Spending some times with my bests. Ice skating. And talked about how to guard our hearts.

May was full of fun! Coffee with an amazing sweet soul. Baseball pictures for daysssssss. A new short haircut. Senior Prom. Mother's Day. Joe's birthday. My baby turned 18, what?!  I voiced my opinion in the Duggar situation with no casting stones here.  And I told women, all women, that's it's okay to just love yourself.

In June I had 3 weddings. Joe and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary, which prompted a post of 19 things God has taught me in 19 years of marriage. Time at camp visiting family we only see once a year.  A week of Bible school, and sharing a classroom with my oldest. Father's Day.  And I wrote a letter to my boy on his graduation day.

July held the best family vacation ever. EVER. It was epic. My baby girl turned 16, and I wrote her a letter.  My little miss went to TLC (Teen Leadership Conference} at Summit University, where God really worked in her life!  Being eternally thankful for my God-scripted love story.  And lotsa lotsa lotsa pictures.  Also a little post on my baby girls conviction to save her first kiss.