|Elisha and Jason Lee, Married 12/17/16|
at the Spokane, WA temple
Somehow, I managed to find time to work, finish NaNoWriMo in November, have Thanksgiving (that's the holiday with a turkey dinner, right?), taking my daughter through the temple for the first time, plan for and have a wedding the week before Christmas, THEN have Christmas, followed by sending my husband and son off on their "Christmas gift": a trip to Denver to watch the Broncos play football.
I'm sitting in my chair, nearly comatose, my house looking like a tornado hit it, and a pile of un-finished writing assignments and tasks screaming for my attention. My neglected to-do list is pages long, and I'm ready for it to be over already. Much like 2016.
And although 2016 had many incredible highlights, I am ready to move forward onto bigger and better things.
This year I hope to focus more on my health, strengthening my family, and carving out more time for writing. In 2017 my youngest daughter will get baptized and my oldest son will be a senior in high school. This will be the year I hope to have my first book published - either traditionally or independently.
When I look back on 2016, I'm tired; weary from the struggle of growth and endurance. But when I focus on the next year, my spirit lifts, and I envision so many hopes for the future, and all it's possibilities.
I hope that as we say good-bye to the old, and usher in the new, we can take a moment to reflect on the lessons we learned, the blessings we received, and the lives that we touched. May you find strength and peace in last year, while experiencing giddy anticipation for what lies ahead.
Happy New year everyone! I'll see you next year!