Saturday, January 1, 2011

Glancing back but looking forward

Happy New Years from the Whittingtons!!

I know it's incredible cheesy to start a post off like this: but can you believe how fast 2010 flew by?! Seriously. For real. It has been such a great year. At our birthday dinner Jason and I were talking about some of our highlights from the past year. Here are a few of them:

1. Our big move! Ok, so distance wise it may not be the biggest move, but going from Evanston to Milwaukee will still go down in our history as one of the most spontaneous things we've ever done. It was literally on a Thursday night that we decided we would for sure move. On Monday. Such a crazy, growing experience. And I wouldn't change a thing about it.

2.Our trip to Tennessee. I obviously know Jason is an amazing man. But the fact that he drove my mom, me, three of my sisters and two dogs down and back to Tennessee? God bless him! It was so fun for him to experience life down south with my cousins and grandparents and I was so happy that he was able to meet my Grandpa.

3. Maine! What started as a random destination for our anniversary trip quickly turned into a great adventure that we'll never forget. We had a blast hiking and exploring, trying new things and falling in love with that part of the country. We could go back there in a heartbeat!

4. Jason graduating! Ok so technically this hasn't happened, but he is just about to graduate so I'm including it! He has worked so hard and I can't even say how proud I am of my man! I know he's so ready to be done and get into a job in his field. Can't wait!

One of the things I'm most grateful for this past year is being welcomed into a great Church family at Harvest Bible Chapel. I spent so many days praying for friends when I lived in Evanston and to finally have a great group of people in my life is something I do not take for granted.

This year our marriage grew and strengthened. I fell even more in love with Jason and can honestly say that I love him more today then I ever have before. We learned how to see the good in each other and to always be on the same team. Jason taught me that it doesn't matter what people think about me or us and that I can be confident in myself and who we are. He showed me that it's never too late to change and become a better person. We learned together what it means to have faith and to trust in God's perfect timing for us. It has been a really great and challenging year.

I'm looking forward to 2011! We are planning on being in the Milwaukee are for at least another year. We are believing that there is a perfect job for Jason and that this year holds good things for us.

I don't know about you but I'm excited. A new year always feels like a fresh start and I'll be honest with you: there have been years when I have anticipated and longed for a fresh start. But this year it's a little different. I know that I'm where I should be. God is doing good things in me and I'm changing...I'm becoming a better person. I'm not trying to dust 2010 off of me...instead I want to remember everything I've learned this past year and use it as a platform in the coming year.

There's a picture in our home that says "believe in today, your life is now" and that's what I want my motto to be this year. I'm not going to weigh myself down with what I've done in the past and what could've been or should've been. It's not about the "what ifs" anymore. It's about today and what I can do with my life right now. His mercies are new every morning. Aren't you glad for that?

Wishing you a happy and blessed 2011!

1 comment:

  1. All I can say is that you are beautiful! It is obvious that you shine because of Jesus and that you love him, and it is obvious that you love your man. I am proud to call you my daughter!