Monday, December 24, 2012

Gifts that can't be bought.

For as long as I can remember, at the end of the year, my dad and I both say, “Man, I am glad to see [insert whatever year it is here] go! Good riddens!”

 In the last month, I really have been thinking on what I will take away from this year. Largely motivated by this thought process I’ve long had, I wanted to put down what I’ve learned. And I can say that I feel completely different than in years past.

2012 was my year.

This last year I feel like I’ve really learned or at least made some headway on how to take the good with the bad. And if I can I try to turn the bad into good.

 The most obvious triumph that I and my family had is in the arena of weight loss.

I’m down over 60 pounds right now.
My sister is down almost 80. 
My husband is down 30.
My mom is down 30.
My dad is down 25 pounds.
My mother in law is down 50 pounds.

We are down 275 pounds together. We all feel so much better and have energy not seen in years. And the cool part is that our journey isn’t finished yet.

This feat alone for me should be enough to call this year good. These good losses have motivated me in ways I never imagined they would. We took our health back this year and it feels amazing.

I get to call myself a runner now. That is a pretty stinking cool feeling. I’m not a mega runner, by any means, but I’ve got plans for what I want to do.

Brandon got his MBA this year and is thriving at his job. It has been wonderful to watch him bloom before my eyes. The chapter that is known as Michigan has included so many adventures for us and I really have loved this section a lot. I love that we have learned that having our own areas that make us tick is good for us. And even though we are different, we work so well together. I respect his knowledge in his field a great deal and that respect has turned into love.

This last semester has been my favorite semester to date. I was super busy the whole time, but the content re-affirmed that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Annnnnnnnnnnnd!!!!! I am almost finished with law school.

There are also bad losses as well. I would be remiss not to mention them. One of my biggest losses has happened within the last few days. A good friendship broke down and I didn’t see it coming at all. I’ve been faced with trying to decide what went wrong or what I could have done differently. I also am trying to decide how I am going to handle the situation. Questions like “What will I say to people?” or “Who can I trust?” right now are looming largely in my head. For now, the one thing I’m getting from God is to just wait and let it sit for awhile. I must be frank and say that I am not a patient person. My heart hurts tremendously and every time I get a chance to sit and be still, my mind races in a thousand different directions. I go from one extreme to the other, none of which are pretty and it is just hard to let it sit. I know that God is at work right now, but I can’t see it and it’s making me crazy.

The coming of Christ is the ultimate gift and this year his coming has blessed me in ways, I couldn’t have imagined a year ago. Like always, Satan has been lurking in the shadows to see what he can do to steal, kill and destroy. In many ways, he reared his ugly head with my own weight loss journey. I’ve faced issues and am still facing issues that I didn’t know I had. But while Satan has been trying his darndest, God has been the calm in the storm every time leading me through my struggles even when I couldn’t see it or feel Him.

I hope this finds you well and happy with your loved ones.

Happy Christmas Eve!


LWLH said...

I know I say it everything, but seriously you are an inspiration girl. You and your fam, freakin rockstars.

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