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a word for 2017

bringing a baby into the world was undoubtedly the highlight of 2016 (and our lives!), but i’m taken by surprise when i look back at everything else we were able to accomplish this past year. between traveling, renovations, lacrosse commitments, finally opening my own little etsy shop, adding abigail into the mix and trying to figure out my new normal as a stay at home mama… our year was very full.

we couldn’t be more lucky in the baby department and i have loved every second since she was born, even the super-frustrating, both crying, seriously exhausted moments. one of my struggles has been (and i’m sure other parents can relate) feeling like i am not doing enough. when you have a baby that is on the move at not even six months old, your cleaning routine, meal prep and work schedule take a backseat to constantly following this itty bitty human around who refuses to stay still. it’s a lot – but not – at the same time. strange feeling, for sure. i need to work on giving myself grace instead of dwelling on every little “failure” that didn’t get crossed off the checklist.

my word for 2016 was C A L M. at the very least, i tried. but the pressures and anxieties that come with being a mom just wasn’t something i could have prepared myself for.

which leads me to 2017 and what i hope for the year ahead. i hope to be more F A I T H F U L. i know that leaning on Him is the key to a calmer, more simple and content life. instead of viewing my faith as a task to be squeezed into a busy schedule, this year i want to strive for making my faith a way of life.

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Do A Greater Good

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 I was on the phone with a friend the other day and we were sharing a couple of experiences we’ve been having lately that involved hard conversations with loved ones. Hard conversations are tough enough as it is, but it sure gets worse if you aren’t “controlling your temper” or “speaking out with words of love and peace, appreciation and respect” am I right? It made me realize that each response, each question, each statement, each story… each word that comes out of my mouth will either leave myself and the other person feeling something positive or feeling something negative.

I just LOVE this quote I came across from President Gordon B. Hinckley and it has become my daily inspiration. We all want to feel validated, understood, loved, appreciated and uplifted and words have the power to make us feel all those things… or sadly, the complete opposite. We all know how awful it can be to feel that way and I hate to think that something I may have said or the way I may have said it would cause those feelings in someone else. I realize that it is something I have to work on and pray about every day but it truly does bring peace and happiness.

Sorry for the ramblings but wanted to share some thoughts on this great reminder to do a greater good!

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The Easter Season

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I just want to take a moment to talk about Easter and how special this time of year is to me. This blog post is more of a reminder to myself, and a reflection of the past year, which has had so many ups and downs (and round-abouts, for sure).

The Easter season last year was a HUGE event for me. Quit my job –> month off to pack, ponder and relax –> Steph came to visit –> Easter weekend with my family –> officially leave for Canada and become a permanent resident!

I used Lent as a push to spend even more time with the Lord, listening to Christian podcasts during the day and right before bed, reading my Bible more and trying to savor my last days in Charlotte with my parents. Easter 2014 felt so symbolic to me, because as a period of rebirth, that’s exactly what I was going through.

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Fast-forward one year later to Holy Week 2015 and we’ve got something similar going on: bought a house –> moved into new house –> parents visit Canada for the first time ever –> Easter weekend with the family.

I don’t believe in coincidence but Divine Providence and if you look consistently enough, it becomes easy to see His hand in everything. So much can happen in one year and yet I see the same pattern of renewal and change in this year’s Easter season for my husband and I. Both of these cycles have brought about moments of intense change, trials, happiness and love – deepening our relationship as a couple, stretching me as a person and affecting how I interact with others.

And it’s all possible #BecauseHeLives.

I love how this website is super interactive, explaining each day leading up to Christ’s resurrection and proclaiming to the world that “Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.”

 

Yes, of course Easter traditions and candy and food are fun and a great way to celebrate with family but I don’t want to forget to be thankful for the Atonement. For His influence in my life. For our own personal opportunity to be reborn, to be refined, to grow.

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I’ll be attending the temple for the first time for baptisms this month, which I am very much looking forward to. I think Heavenly Father knew that it would be the perfect way to commemorate my one-year Canadian anniversary and complete this incredible Easter circle.

Wishing y’all a beautiful and spiritual Easter weekend! xo