Happy New Year 2016!

As Mike and I were preparing for friends to come over yesterday to ring in the new year, I had a memory surface from my childhood.  Growing up my parents would get all gussied up for new year’s.  They would get together with friends and family for dinner and dancing.  There was one year in particular that I remember.  They had gotten ready for the big night and as they were getting ready to leave I was sitting on our steps crying.  My dad came over to me and asked why I was crying…it was unusual  for me.  You see…this particular year my mom was wearing the most gorgeous dress I had ever seen.  It was silver and sparkly from head to toe and had an open back.  I thought she looked beautiful.  I explained to my dad that I was worried that men would whistle at my mom because she looked so pretty.  Now don’t ask me why I thought that was so upsetting, but apparently it was a grave concern for me.  My dad assured me that if anyone whistled at her he would promptly punch them in the nose.  And apparently that’s all I need to know because I was fine after that (smile).  Funny how little memories like that can just pop into your brain at the most unexpected times.

I can’t believe that 2015 has come to an end.  I know everyone says it, but where has the time gone?  It just keeps going faster and faster.  If you have been following me for a while, you know that I didn’t write as much this year.  When I first started this blog, I wrote a post just about once a week.  This year it was more like once a month.  There are a few reasons for that…this year I’ve spent more time with people in person, learning their stories and getting to know them better, I’ve helped to start a PFLAG chapter in my area, and honestly after sharing my story at my church in July I needed a bit of a break from everything.  I’m excited to see what this new year holds and where God takes me on this journey.  I hope you come along with me (smile).

In 2015, my blog was viewed by people in 89 different countries.  I still can’t believe how far-reaching a blog can be!  Here are the most viewed blog posts in 2015 (two are from 2014, but seem to be favorites that people visit often).  If you missed one, check it out.  And if it touches you, please share (smile):

Is God REALLY good ALL the time…

Perspective…sometimes it knocks you off your feet…

A Mother’s Heart…

Sacred moments…

The face of courage...

Do you speak love fluently…

As you face the new year, embrace the challenges, the adventures, the possibilities…

It’s a new start…with a blank slate.

Get out there and love…because it matters.

Happy New Year!

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