I just read my post from last year. Ending 2013, beginning 2014. I said it was the hardest year of my life. But today I wonder. Was it? Things have happened this year that I think: “That was the hardest thing I’ve gone through…” Will I get to the end of each year thinking it was the hardest? Will there ever be a year that I rejoice and say it was the BEST year of my life? It was the happiest? Most blessed? But what does that mean? Even in the midst of trials I can say that I am the most blessed. I can find joy.

I am currently loving Habakkuk.

He was seeing all these trials and all these hard times and still he says this:

yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation…The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”

Yet.

What a powerful word.

In the midst of trials, yet I will rejoice.

2014 took me to:

Austin

Dallas

San Diego

San Francisco

Boston

Asheville

Charleston

Savannah

St Petersburg

Chicago

Greenville

Houston

Elouise was born. What a joy she is. I love that child with all my heart. She always brings a smile to my face. She is amazing. Funny. Happy. Entertaining. Gosh I just love her.

I moved to Asheville.

I went to Storyline TWICE in 2014 in San Diego and Chicago. Met Shauna, Bob Goff & Don Miller.

Went to the Boston Marathon. Participated in a 1 mile tribute walk with many of the other survivors. Hugged Kevin Spacey. Watched my parents and brother-in-law finish the marathon. It was an amazing weekend of healing.

Got rid of my leg brace. I haven’t used it since August!

I passed the 400 days mark. My feeling still isn’t normal. But I’m learning to deal with that.

Had lunch with some FBI agents.

Started a new job. I am currently working at an indie boutique downtown that hosts over 200 artists and has a small coffee shop.

As 2015 is now in full swing. I am looking forward to the many exciting things that the year will bring. I am looking forward to volunteering for Passion next week. Visiting my Grandmother and 3 aunts for all their birthdays. Going to an amazing wedding in Kansas for one of my best friends. Possibly traveling to Europe. Making some trips back to NY to see friends. Moving yet again. Finishing my book. And who knows what else!

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