I was just watching the New Years Countdown on tv with my Uncle. They were remembering all the “highlights” from 2013. Miley Cyrus, Colorado legalizing marijuana, the mayor (governor?) from Toronto, Paula Deen, Duck Dynasty…Really? These are the things we have to remember from this year? How sad. I don’t have any new years resolutions. I might make some goals, but I haven’t put thought into that yet. I don’t really have a lot to say about this “new year”, but I just wanted to put some thoughts into words.

I moved from Kansas to NY this year. My Papa died. Right after a last game of cards with the fam. I survived a bomb. Lived in the hospital over a month. Couldn’t walk for almost 6. My brother got engaged, so 2014 will bring me a new sister and nephew. I went to Prince Edward Island. Something that has been on my bucket list for almost my whole life. I went to Kansas. I went to France. I’m currently in Texas. I am debt free. Three of my friends had sweet babies. Two friends got married. I made new friends. I cherished time with old ones. I learned that God does bring beauty from pain. My tattoo from 7 years ago brought to new light. I learned that He never leaves my side. Even for a moment. And when time are the hardest they have ever been, God’s strength truly is made perfect in weakness.

Honestly. This year has been the hardest, most painful year of my life. But I can still come up with better things than Miley Cyrus and Duck Dynasty.

I am thankful.

Happy 2014 everybody.