Well, that didn’t go as we’d hoped…

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you had a great time celebrating Christmas and ringing in the new year with family and friends.

One of the things our family looks forward to at the end of every year is taking it easy between Christmas and the new year. We sleep in, make big meals, maybe do a few small things that need done that we finally have time for, and watch some good movies.

This year was very different than in years past. But even though it didn’t go as we had planned (or hoped) it was still good and we will have memories to smile at years down the road.

Our New Year’s Eve game: Seeing who can toss their kleenex into the burn bucket…

This year we all got sick! Yeah you read that right. We were sick all week long. Instead of eating big meals we were eating whatever sounded appealing that we had at the house. We made quite a few trips to the Dr.’s or the store to stock up on more cold medicine and necessary sick supplies.

It wasn’t just one or two members of the family that was sick…Everyone got something a little different. Dad had the flu, JoJo got strep throat, Mom got a really bad sinus infection and Bradley and I ended up somewhere in the middle…

Earlier in the week I ended up in a bit of a funk. I mean, this was NO WHERE NEAR how I envisioned 2017 ending and 2018 beginning. I wanted to have all the laundry caught up, the house spotless, and the Christmas decorations down. But, that’s not what God had planned. Throughout this past week I’ve learned some important lessons.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to have hopes and plans but I need to remain flexible. I need to be willing to let some things go. Not everything has to be perfect to be good. There’s no need to be stressing out over some of the things that aren’t done. I’ll get to them when I get there and sometimes that’s perfectly okay.

I’ve also learned that just because things don’t go according to plan doesn’t make the occasion any less memorable. It’s just memorable in a different way. I’ve learned to count my blessings. Sure we were sick and didn’t do much of anything for a week but we were together. We still celebrated (just on a smaller, quieter scale), and although we were sick with time and rest we will make a full recovery. We are able to rest and heal in the comfort of our own home in front of a roaring fire. (:

The last week didn’t go quite as we’d hoped or planned but it was good. I’m ready to jump into 2018 going All In…Right after I take a nice long nap.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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