New Year’s Satisfaction

I notice at the end of every year, people hope for the best from the coming year, and also complain about the ending year being their worst ever.  After a few years of this, it is clear no year will ever be good enough for those people.  Why can’t we acknowledge every year will have ups and downs?  Why can’t we focus on the progress?  I’ve never really made my own comments about a year that is ending, or the coming year, for that matter.  I don’t know if it’s all the negativity, or just an ample amount of hope within me motivating me, but I just have to say- it’s been a good year.  And things are only getting better.

Of course this year hasn’t been perfect.  Some sad things have happened that are unfair, and hard to forgive.  There are things we’ve been working on for years without visible progress.  But we have so much!  We are alive and healthy right now.  We get to spend time with our children, whom we are lucky to even have.

After years of relative contentment in my relationships, I’m noticing remarkable positivity in them.  Maybe things have always been on the upswing and I just didn’t notice it as much before.  Or maybe we are all maturing.  I’m thankful for the increasing love I’m seeing between the people I love most.

I’ve always loved and been grateful for my amazing husband.  I am loving the deeper connection and appreciation between us.  We are doing a better job at putting God first.  We are by no means perfect.  I have a lot of hope for our progress, as there is just so much to be made.  I can tell it’s been a good year just by how many pictures we took of just us. Haha!

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We are constantly reprioritizing to have more time with our children.  Life often needs a reset, and I love that we’re both open to that.

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Our children are starting to value their time together enough to let some squabbles go without a fight.  Still tons of growth to be had, but it’s nice to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

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I guess what I’m saying is, 2017 didn’t need to be my best year yet for me to be grateful.  I don’t need 2018 to exceed my expectations for me to be content.  I’m thankful for the people around me, and that we’re doing this 2017 to forever thing together.

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