The last few weeks have been nothing short of a whirlwind.

With almost our entire combined family in, in two different shifts, the house was humming with energy and activity.

Then we caught our breath on New Year’s Eve with a quiet evening, and headed out of town on the first day of the new year.

I have to say, owning your own company brings as many blessings as it does struggles. Any of you who’ve been where I am know that it’s easy to find yourself paying all the vendors, overhead and employees and then foregoing your own paycheck. That happened more than I really wanted it to in 2015, but thankfully the year ended in a really good place.

Because of that blessing, I was able to give my hubby a trip to Victoria, BC as a Christmas gift. We’d been talking about it for almost 2 years, so I was excited to surprise him with a weekend getaway.

While the weekend was a mixture of delight and relaxation, we both experienced a few “firsts.” I’d never been to Victoria, and never bought a hat. Ross had never experienced a Seahawks game in a British pub, surrounded by Hawks fans.

It felt a little like a kiss on the cheek from The Lord. We are both so busy with the work God has called us each to, separately, and together, the two of us getting away without there being some work involved is a rarity.

So this holiday season has been a mixture of emotions for me. I struggled with not getting all the things done that I wanted to. I didn’t send out Christmas cards to friends and family or our authors. I didn’t spend time in the kitchen baking shortbread cookies or other holiday foods to share with others. I didn’t throw a Christmas party for our Redemption Press team. I missed wishing folks Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on a bunch of different social media platforms. I didn’t have an extended period of time to quietly sit before God and ask for His word for me for 2016. I didn’t write a Christmas or New Year Letter detailing all that is going on in our lives and all that God has done. Gosh, it almost feels like I didn’t get anything done!


I simply experienced the season with God’s greatest gift to me besides salvation…my husband and our family.

And it was good.

And I was present and not distracted by other demands and commitments. Now that’s a first for me!

Sometimes for a repenting Type A, it’s a little hard to let go, but I’m learning to be okay with that, in spite of the fact that I’ve surely failed to meet someone’s expectation of me.

I’m looking forward to a new year of growth and change and more “firsts” that honor God and declare His faithfulness.

How about you?

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