Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 In Review

Looking back over the past year brings lots of memories - the great and the not-so-great. It was truly a year of extremes in so many areas of our lives.

My Word - FRESH
Although I was excited to start the year with the word FRESH, I abandoned it after a few months and chose not to pick it up again. I do have a new word for 2019, which I'll be sharing more about as we welcome in the new year.

My Family
The mental illness and broken relationships within my family overshadowed much of this year. Despite having a great deal of stability in my life and a close relationship with the Lord, I myself struggled emotionally to see the people I love torn apart, enduring emergency room visits and psychological rehab centers, and trying to cope with major depression, anger and frustration. Things are much calmer as the year comes to an end, but continued prayers for my family are appreciated.

My Ministry/Business
After a fantastic start to my illustrated Bible journaling classes and teaching engagements early in the year, I took a six-month break to deal with those family issues and my own emotional turmoil. I re-started my classes in November and am thrilled to report that they have been very well attended. Plus, I truly enjoy the preparation, the teaching, the interaction, and the creative time I get to spend in the Word that comes along with this ministry!

Robbie's Job
When Robbie was hired by a local company almost three years ago, they wanted his experience and expertise to help package and sell the company … which happened this year. The sale closed mid-year and Robbie has been busy with the integration process and several international trips.

While we didn't take many vacation trips this year, we thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks we spent in Alaska. It was a wonderful experience that I'm looking forward to scrapbooking and sharing more about in the coming year. I also joined Robbie on one of his business trips; while he was working, I enjoyed several days in Paris. Despite Robbie being ill and exhausted by the end of the week, we took a day trip to see the Normandy beaches.

Our Home
After talking and thinking for the past couple of years about doing some remodeling here at our home, we bit the bullet and had new flooring installed in almost half of the house and updated the kitchen with a larger island, new countertops, backsplash and appliances! We still have some bits & pieces to complete in the new year, but everything was in place in time for us to cook Christmas dinner on the new range!

My Faith
Robbie and I have been sporadic with our church attendance the past few years, but the last few months we've found a new church home and I've joined the ladies Bible study group there as well. Through all the ups and downs this year, I am so grateful for the Lord's peace and the lessons I've learned; for example - It Is Well With My Soul, Hard-Pressed yet Not Crushed, God Is Bigger Than Mount Denali.

I was consistently inconsistent posting on the blog here this year; however, I do so enjoy having this online space to share the bits & pieces of our daily life and am looking forward to continuing to share throughout 2019! Thank you to those of you who have continued to stop by and leave comments. I am grateful for the blogging community and the friends I've made over the past almost nine years!

How was your 2018?


  1. so sorry you've had problems this year I've been the same and haven't done any scrapbooking which I miss. I hope next year is a better one for you and your family x

  2. A good wrap up post. Emotional well being is a hard one to it can feel very lonely & the thing I've learnt about depression is that it is a liar, liar pants on fire ... I've tried to keep the thought of "if He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it". Hard sometimes. My prayer for you & family is that 2019 is a strong year for you in blessings, joy, health & continue wonderment. Nice new kitchen :)

  3. I'm touched that you're able to share these things with us, and I hope that there will be calmer times ahead for you in 2019, Melissa. New connections sound nourishing and refreshing - and lovely to see the two of us smiling through it all :).

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about the family illnesses; it is such a strain and worry! Alexa is right, despite it all, your smile graces this blog whenever you post. I hope 2019 brings you and Robbie much happiness and peace.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration to summarize my year. I like how you approached this. Thoughts and prayers for your family. I have that same ICU photo and it will be 3 years in January for our family. It is hard! I pray for peace and patience for you. Have a great 2019.

  6. Gosh, what a year it was for you! I wish you and Robbie much calmer waters as we begin to navigate 2019. I'm so sorry for all your worries. I enjoy seeing your name pop up in my reader, even if you have been consistently inconsistent (great phrase, btw!) ... Happy New Year to you.


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