Bring it on, 2016!


After a 19-day vacation to see our folks, it warmed our hearts to find this in our driveway when we returned. What a hug to come home to this sweet driveway art! Our friends did this for us while we were away.


“We can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa

Isn’t it funny how it’s the little things like this that make our days bright and cheery?


And oh, while vacation was fun, it is always wonderful to be “Home Sweet Home”.

Joshua, Caleb, and a buddy of theirs (one of them that did the driveway art) were discussing “New Year’s Revolutions.” Yes, I corrected them. Joshua quickly understood the difference. He joked, “Ha!!  This year is a revolution!! Yaaaaaaaah!”

One of the boys said that he wants to have peace and goodwill on earth. Another one wants to own every single Lego Star Wars buildable figure.

“What’s yours, Mom?”

Um, uh…”Well, I haven’t fully decided yet, but I do hope to get rid of my hip pain this year.”

I got blank stares for that one. It’s hard for elementary kids to relate to chronic pain, I think.

So yeah. Not planning a revolution this year…..I don’t even have a concrete resolution.

I just want to do my job well, love my family, and move the family back across the country without stressing out about it. I’m so done with stress.

You know what I want most for this year? I want to focus on being a good mom and a loving wife. If we all did that, the whole world would be sweeter.

small things with great love

making gingerbread houses with the little guys

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa

Yes, I got a bicycle for Christmas. No, my hips didn't love it, but the boys were so excited to have their mom ride bikes with them. Thanks, Santa Alan!!

Yes, I got a bicycle for Christmas. No, my hips didn’t love it, but the boys were so excited to have their mom ride bikes with them. Thanks, Santa Alan!!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! I’d love to hear your resolutions/goals. No, really. I get my best ideas from other people, so do share.

Bring it on, 2016.



  • Nonna

    Such wonderful neighbors! A real welcome home. Happy 2016 to you all! May you be free of pain, have a smooth move, end a great school year for ALL of you, and may the whole family be stress free! May 2016 be the best year yet for your family!

  • True! If we all did that, the world would be better. I really believe it starts individually, and then with family. It’s powerful.
    Happy New Year!
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  • Jen

    I like revolutions, well at least the personal kinds. So much growth happens. Even though it can be scary. I too have made zero resolutions, well except to eat more donuts. I think I can so that one. Here’s to hoping that 2016 is the year of no hip pain for you!
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  • Hi April! I see you over there at Small Victories! 😉 What a special “welcome home” gift you received from your neighbors! Everyone should have neighbors like that. I can definitely relate to your goal of wanting to be the best mom and wife you can be. So often we think we have to make grand gestures in life to be happy and successful. I believe the little things are the keys to my happiness. Here’s to 2016 and Happy New Year to you and your family!
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  • Such a lovely family! I also haven’t thought of resolutions for this year. I am really happy with the life me and my family have and I hope that it will continue to be this good in 2016. We are also planning a huge move in May. It is very exciting because we are moving to our dream house in a lovely village that is 25 miles from the city where we work! I wish you a successful move, too! Thank you for the nice post!

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