Faith & FamilySimplicity and Abundance January 19, 2017 Happy 2017, y’all! Yes, I realize I’m more than a little late to be ringing in the New Year. As y’all may have seen, as soon as we got home from our long holiday week away, our family came down with the worst sickness we’ve faced yet. I was sick for awhile and never remember feeling so bad! Then of course, Rosie got a doozy of it and I spent nearly all of my time these last two weeks doing just what you see above…holding my very unhappy girl. I didn’t plan to have that kind of a break. In fact, I came home from our time away with family so excited for the New Year and ready to hit the ground running! But our plans don’t always pan out and it was all we could do each day to survive. I kept thinking, “Tomorrow, it’ll be better and I’ll do a quick post or atleast say hey on Instagram!” And as you know, that took much longer than I expected to happen. But sometimes, God knows what we need. Not that we needed sickness, but the forced downtime to reflect over 2016 and really look ahead to this year was a blessing, even if it came in a strange package. There’s so much I want to say about this last year. It was a hugely defining one for our family. And there’s a ton to say about what’s ahead. Instead of writing it all out, I decided to do a little video chat for y’all where I can share it all. Video is something I’ve been planning to add to the blog since I started it and yes, it took me nearly three years to get around to doing it! My background is actually in video and I LOVE video. My very favorite bloggers are those who do videos because I just connect so much better with people when I can see them chatting and feeling like we’re sitting down face to face. So y’all will be seeing more of that. Some videos will be a bit more formal like our gender reveal video. Some will be a casual chat like this. They definitely won’t take the place of traditional written blog posts, but you’ll see them popping up from time to time. So, let’s pretend for the next ten minutes that we’re two girlfriends headed out for a cup of coffee. We’re here to share hearts, share God’s revealings, and just to connect. 2016 was huge for us because God used it to teach us so much and to really vision cast what’s next. We can already feel that 2017 will be a HUGE year for our family, in many ways…we’re on the cusp of something…of change in all the best ways and I can’t wait to share each development with you! A huge thanks to you guys not only for your patience while I was away, but also for your sweet e-mails and comments. Hearing that y’all noticed I was away and were praying for our family because you just knew something was up was so great. Love y’all so much!