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As I look back on the past year I’m reminded what I promised myself five years ago:

At the end of 2005, I promised myself that I would never again look back on a year and say “this was the hardest year yet.” Mainly, because that was not the condition I wanted my heart to be in when I looked back on a year. I wanted to look back and acknowledge that though life has it’s obstacles – I am so blessed in spite of it all. And there is always something to be thankful for. I want the condition of my heart to be grateful. (Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes. 5:18)

So, with that said – what a year. It’s been a challenging year, a full year, some of it far exceeded my expectations, and some fell short. So many blessings this year: Baby Briar, hanging out/speaking at a girls campout, reconnecting with old friends, visiting my hometown family, spending time with friends in the Midwest, and traveling. To finish the year, our family was blessed with a Christmas spent all together (except my Dad & Kim). It was one of the best Christmas’ ever, ever. This year was filled with so much joy unspeakable. He is faithful.