Goodbye, 2015 – Hello, 2016!

I’ve been trying to decide for a few days now, what I wanted to put up as my first post of 2016. I’ve had many things going through my head, and yet none of them seemed to feel right. In the end, I’ve just decided to share a few of last year’s highs and lows, to give a “head’s up” about what is in store for the year to come, and to pray that God continues to bless us all in the coming 363 days.

Starting with the lows … because really, who wants to end on a sad note?

2015 contained a few sad or upsetting moments for us, but as always, God has seen us through them all.

  1.  We attended the memorial service for a dear friend of ours whose daughter died. It has been heart-wrenching to watch what she has had to go through, as well as the rest of their family.  On the other hand, it has been amazing to see how much strength they have drawn from their love and trust in the Lord. We still continue to think of, and pray for them, knowing that God has them in the palm of His hand.
  2. I landed in the E.R. a few months back, and discovered that I have a wonky heart issue. At this point, the Doc told me it wasn’t anything that was going to make me drop dead without notice, lol, but I do have to follow up with a cardiologist to make sure that my heart is otherwise healthy.
  3. During this same visit, the doctors ran my blood and discovered that my thyroid was out of control again. This was both a nuisance and a relief, because I had started blowing up like a balloon a few weeks before our son’s wedding, and I couldn’t figure out why! Interestingly enough, having my thyroid out of whack (my current dose was too low, apparently) caused my heart issue to kick into high gear, thus leading me to the E.R. where we discovered both problems. How our bodies are so intricately woven together is amazing to me.
  4. My husband’s sister had a stroke. This was such a shock, and we weren’t certain she was going to make it. Since she had been raising her grandchildren as well as her own son, it obviously threw things into chaos there at the beginning, and we felt it was important to head over to Washington for a visit to lend our support. (More on this in the “highs” section)
  5.  Our son’s Grandpa on his Dad’s side of the family passed away. Thankfully, we all knew that the end was getting near for him, and our son was able to come up over Thanksgiving to see him and spend some time with him before he passed. He was a good man who loved his family dearly, and he will be missed.

Now for the fun part … the highs of this year!

  1. My hubby and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. ♥ I love this man so much, and I could not imagine my life without him. He has given me more love, joy, peace, and comfort than I ever believed anyone could. He truly is my best friend. I can talk with him about anything, and I can honestly say that I can count on 1 hand the number of real arguments we have had over the last 15 years. I didn’t know it was possible to get along with someone so well!
  2. The second part to this is totally selfish, but I am going to post it anyway. He bought me a stunningly beautiful new diamond wedding ring. ♥ He actually bought it and gave it to me earlier in the year, and even though it’s been 4 months since I first got it, I still can’t get used to seeing it on my hand. It somehow seems like some fancy-pants rich girl should be wearing this, not me. 
  3. My parents moved back to Montana … for good! *does the happy dance* I’m so happy to have them here, and to know that they are just right down the road. I’ve missed them so much!
  4. Our son graduated from college, finished his student teaching, and is now an honest-to-goodness, full-fledged music teacher. Woo hoo! So proud of you, Draylen!
  5. Our son then proceeded to marry his college sweetheart, so we now have a new member of the family. ♥ He was blessed with wonderful in-laws, and it has been fun getting to know them over the course of the Spring and Summer.
  6. We purchased a new car. Yay! We have been a one-car family for many, many years, so having a second vehicle is a real blessing. Derek basically took me to the car lot and let me pick out the car I wanted. I have to admit, it felt very strange driving off the lot with a fancy new car. LOL!
  7. Derek completed his 12th year with his job, received another raise, and a new contract to continue on. God is so good, and I’m so proud of my husband!
  8. Derek’s sister Melissa is making leaps and bounds in her recovery from her stroke. She is surrounded by people who love her, and is even starting to get some feeling back in her right side. I know she is frustrated that she still can’t talk (except for a few words), but we will continue to pray that God completes a full healing on her body.
  9. We’ve been able to spend much more time with family. With my parents living here now, we were able to have holiday dinners together, as well as with our niece and her family. It is such a blessing to be able to spend this time with them all, because in the long run, family is really the greatest blessing we have in our lives, other than our faith.
  10. We cut down on spending over Christmas, and instead enjoyed a holiday filled with fun and family. Gifts were small, but the love was big. ♥ We chose to prioritize what was most important, and it really took the pressure off the holiday season.
  11. I’ve reconnected with some old friends, and made some new friends as well. Friendship is so important, and when you find those certain people that bring joy into your life, it is imperative that you do what you can to foster and nurture those friendships. Relationships breathe love and laughter into your life. ♥

Obviously, these are just the highlights of our year, but if I kept going, this could run on for pages and pages.

Now, what’s coming up in 2016? Some very exciting things! I think I better leave that for tomorrow’s post though … this one is already quite long. LOL

I love you all, and pray that you have a most blessed 2016!

 

*Note: The new year image used above was found as a “free” image, but if it is not, and it is yours, please let me know and I will give you proper credit.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Derek
    January 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I love you, Sweetheart!

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      I love you, too! ♥

  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    January 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Sweet post. It has been a pleasure to be closer to you and Derek. This Holiday Season was rich in family, fun, love and friendship. It’s good to be back.

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 2, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      And we are so glad you are here! ♥

  • Reply
    Dianna Auton
    January 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I love that you ended it on the good stuff. I’m so excited about this year. Blessings to you.

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      I’m excited for this year too, Dianna! Hope yours is wonderful!

  • Reply
    Erica
    January 5, 2016 at 11:39 am

    So glad your highs outweigh the lows! Blessings to you all this year!!

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      To you as well, my friend! ♥

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