One word to describe this year:
Overwhelming. In every sense of the word. Recovering from all the ways 2019 overwhelmed me will take a minute. Overwhelmed in both the good and bad ways. Overwhelmed with disappointment, loss and frustration but also overwhelmed with goodness, love, grace and much hope. Joy always comes in the mourning and morning. This year was proof of it.
Best thing I did for someone this year:
I fought for my child through what felt like a minefield at times. I fought for his best interest in school, in his faith, on the field, at the table, in the gym and in the loss of a grandparent. He is 10 and unaware of how much we do to feed his success, help him thrive and protect his heart. Randall and I get to enjoy the joy in the journey. That’s parenting, right?!
Favorite movie of the year:
Toy Story 4 on opening night with my people.
Favorite show of the year:
Dallas – all 14 seasons watched again.
Most embarassing moment of the year:
That’s hard because I have these moments on the daily.
Time you laughed the hardest this year:
Playing Apples to Apples in Royal, AR with friends
Something you had to do that you have never done before:
lose a parent. suddenly. out of no where. all of it at once. the arrangements, the service, the loss. That sucked so hard.
Most newsworthy event:
Abby Jo Skutt Lee took out a construction loan, built a beautiful home in a desired area and sold it as soon it was listed for asking price.
Biggest lesson learned:
never trust another person to spend your money wisely.
Favorite place you visited this year:
Southfork. I mean read about 6 up and see why.
Most memorable day of the year:
Daddy’s memorial service 9/14/19. I wish he could have been there.
Best advice you received this year:
Take your time.
An achievement you are proud of this year:
Our women’s ministry events were well attended and full of happy hearts. That ministry means so much to me and I put more into it than I give myself credit for because I feel selfish getting credit for the Lord’s work.
What is one great compliment you received this year:
This fall someone told me I always make them smile even when they don’t want to. It was like a shot to my soul. My heart was crumbling inside with grief but they didn’t know that. It was a great reminder that I have to count it all joy when I face trials of every kind. I still have to shine my light and help those around me.
What or who am I most thankful for this year:
My husband has been a rock in times of great storms this year. He has carried the weight of loss, frustration and responsibility in ways he has never had to before. I can’t imagine 2019 without his voice of reason, compassionate heart and ability to make me laugh. I am thankful God knew I would need him in 2019 and sent him my way years ago.