And the year is coming to a close. Finally!
And now a recap. I wanted to remember some of the best things about the year but I didn’t necessarily need everyone’s approval of them (like on FB).
First of all I won the bet with my husband, barely. He lost 1.44% of his body weight and I lost 1.5%. I didn’t really rub it in his face because he definitely worked harder. I just pulled out all of the stops before my last weigh in. I did my last weigh in the morning, after my workout. I couldn’t have gotten much lighter. It’s a good start for the new year.
Christmas was much better than I was worried that it would be. I was worried about not being able to spend our usual Christmas morning with my dad. My sister in laws mom invited my husband and I over. (We’re really all just one big family.) We went and she was really amazing. She had gifts for us. And just treated us like we had always been coming there. Brad and I are still talking about how hospitable she was. She also gave me the most amazing gift. Its a mounted door knob from the house that my dad lived in. She had one for me and each of my brothers. The back says “I’m all in.”-Tom Donovan
When she gave it to me I cried. How could I not? What an amazing gift. So thoughtful! And she has had those doorknobs for probably six months. She thought of it long before she ever invited us over. It’s absolutely invaluable.
Looking at it now makes me choked up….moving on.
I have had a rough year. That’s been no secret but it’s worth mentioning the things that I have done that I have enjoyed. I have been able to travel…so much travel.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
I started the year by going to Colorado. I went to go skiing but because of surgery I was unable to ski. It was still amazing and so pretty! I am ready to go back.
I have been to visit family in Cuba (Missouri) twice. I have been to Jefferson City twice. I have been to Branson twice.
I also went to Wisconsin to see my best friend, Texas for a wedding, Florida for Disney & Destin, Oklahoma for a surprise birthday party, and Virginia for Thanksgiving.
I have been kayaking, been to a Meghan Trainor concert, and been to a couple of Cardinals games.
I have also had friends from Jefferson City and Joplin stay at my house. And my family for Kansas City stay.
If I have learned anything its that family props me up when I can’t stand on my own and that I only get one life. It would be in my best interest to start living it.
When you loose someone you frantically look for someone to fill the void of the person you lost. What I ended up getting was people who loved me through one of the hardest time I have ever experienced. I got phone calls, gifts, and letters from people letting me know that they loved me, they cared for me, and they were covering me in prayer. Some days I got up and went to work when I didn’t want to. I sometimes showed up in wrinkled clothes and ponytail hair. I showed up without makeup and without sleep but I still forced myself to show up. It’s not easy. But I still did it.
I also hearing that I am strong. What I do doesn’t feel strong. It feels necessary. I can’t waist my life because I miss the life of someone else. The hurt comes and when it does I am sad but I won’t let myself stay sad. I have a lot to be thankful for. I’ll keep reminding myself to give thanks for what I do have instead of counting what I don’t.
So I guess Robert Frost was right. The best way out is always through.