I thought I had a word of the year – “present.” It was perfect. I was going to focus on being “present” in my life, present with my kids, present with contentment, etc. But, then a few weeks ago, “create” came to my mind. It seemed absolutely perfect. I want to be able to create actual products this year. But, create can also encompass things I’d list under “present”: create time with my family, create a stronger relationship with Christ, etc.
Last year was hard – hard physically, hard mentally, just hard. This year, I want to come out into the light. I want to be happy with my life. I want to live all aspects of my life. I want to flourish. So, I’m going to create.
This year. It definitely was better than last year, but it went way too fast. I mean, my baby girl is already one year old! How did that happen? We did a lot of traveling (local or back to Utah), got used to being a family of four, paid off a car, got a reliable and steady work-at-home-job, and more. So, on to one of my favorite posts of the year–2017 in review.
This is always one of my favorite posts to do at the end of the year. I love stats. I don’t like using them, I don’t like marketing or making strategies…that’s my husband’s job — data analyst. ** Wait! No I have a perfect idea! I’ll make Justin do some data analyzing for me to help me figure out marketing strategies, etc for 2018 to grow my blog!!!** But, I do like looking at stats and seeing patterns.
So, here are the top 10 posts of 2017, per month, as well as my favorites.
Dear Evelyn Morgan,
My little one, my baby girl, my princess, my sweetheart. How is it that you are already a year old? It was just barely Christmas and I blinked and now it is Christmas again. How have you grown up so fast? I swear, you turned a year old faster than your brother did. Although I am so happy you are growing up, part of me wants you to stay my baby girl forever.
One look at your sweet smile, and I melt. You are so precious to. I admit, I wasn’t the best mother the first few months of your life. I suffered pretty deep postpartum depression and anxiety. To be honest, I hardly remember from Christmas until Easter. But, whenever I look at you know, I feel nothing but love–pure, unadulterated love.
It’s my fifth year making an ornament for my mother-in-law’s DIY ornament exchange. I love doing this with my new family. It’s so fun to think of and create different ornaments each year. They have all meant something special to me. This is why when I came up with the idea for this year’s, both my husband and I were surprised that I hadn’t thought of it previously!!
If you have been here for any length of time, you know that I am obsessed with all things Welsh: the language, the culture, the history, the mythology, everything. I studied abroad in Wales SEVEN years ago! My mother-in-law likes it when the ornament we create has a story behind it. My first year, I made an ornament based on my favorite Christmas song. My second year was my favorite Christmas story. My third year was my favorite Christmas prophecy scripture. My fourth year was my longing for Utah. So, when I was trying to come up with an idea for this year, and I thought of Wales, I was flabbergasted I hadn’t thought of it before.