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January Recap

It has been quite the crazy year so far. We’ve had 3 different last-minute visits from family as well as rounds of illness… All of which kept me away from you.

And I’ll be honest, I’ve been having the hardest time picking what to share lately, so please leave a comment with something you’d like to see a post about. I am working on a post schedule so in the future I won’t have this problem. 🙂 (Remember… making progress in my blogging organization and consistency.) But for now, I’ll just give you a little blurp about what’s been going on in January.

img_20170114_143027The biggest news is that our little baby turned 1! We can hardly believe it’s been a year already. The first several months felt like time was dragging on so slowly (you can read more about that in the post about my breastfeeding journey), then all of the sudden it all disappeared! A whole year has passed and we are loving life with this little guy more than we ever thought we could. (He also got his first haircut, which made me cry. 😢 And here I always thought it was so silly when moms did that.)

In other news, like I said, we’ve had a lot of family visits this month (I think I need a break from hosting for a while!). We closed out the year with visiting my family the week before Christmas and my husband’s parents visiting Christmas weekend. Then in January, my husband’s sister stopped for the night on her way home, closely followed by my parents and little brother coming for LO’s birthday. The following week my sister came for 10 days during “mid winter break.” Whew! I need a month just to get myself back on track after all that!

While my sister was visiting, LO got a pretty nasty virus. Snot everywhere, coughing, sore throat (I think), and a fever that lasted 5 days! No fun. And of course, I didn’t get an email about “how to naturally reduce fevers with ginger” until this morning. Oh well. Anyway, he shared with my sister. And after having snot rubbed in my face for several days, I got it too.😞 Thankfully, mine wasn’t as bad so I was able to still care for the baby without my husband having to take off work. That was a blessing from God!

Somewhere in the midst of all that was meal planning, trying to keep up with house work, tons of laundry, and a presidential inauguration. And I somehow managed to get all the Christmas decorations put away and make some new pillow covers to brighten my living room until fall. (I didn’t make the elephant ones… God totally threw those in my path just when I could not for the life of me find fabric to tie in the teal elephant blanket that my husband got for me in Mexico!)img_20170113_143446

It was a full month, physically and emotionally. There were heartbreaks and joys, tussles with friends and times of fellowship, disagreements with family and times of reminiscing, health and illness, rest and exhaustion, excitement and disappointment.

Through it all, in reminded of the words of King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

It was a month full of what life is made of.☺️

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