Saying bye to 2016…

2016 is coming to an end today and I have many mixed feelings…

As I look back I realize what a year it has been!  It started off kinda rocky when we had to say see you later to our amazing Army family we had come to depend on here in Hawaii!   Thankfully God always provides and we quickly gained new family into our circle!  I am so grateful for these amazing ladies and now can’t imagine life without them!  We also had the wonderful pleasure of reuniting with “old” family from years gone by that reminds me how the Army community is stronger than what meets the eye!

The kids and I welcomed Phil home once again surviving another “business trip”!  Woohoo! Yay! #nevereasybutalwaysworthit

I crushed some pretty awesome personal goals and proved to myself I could!!  On April 10th as I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon I was filled with unexplainable emotion!  In the moments that followed I healed some old wounds of self doubt and failure and I did it all myself!!  Wow, still gives me goose bumps in a good way!

As the year progressed I also completed all theory components of RN school! Long time coming but I am down to my last clinical exam and at the end of 2017 I should be able to say I am an RN. (Fingers crossed)

So with classes completed I went back to nursing and I love it!  (Even when night shift has me taking selfies and sending to Friends to stay awake!!!)

Because despite the crazy schedule I love working with patients!  I love seeing my knowledge in action and being happily surprised when it is put to use effortlessly.  I truly stop and go “I do know what I am doing” and give myself a silent high five!  I must admit though that I am still trying to figure out the balance of wife/mom vs. nurse life!! It is a hard one!  I am constantly torn between the two “worlds” and continue to pray it gets easier!!  My punkins are growing up too quickly!!

So now on to 2017!  I have many mixed feelings, I am honestly sad to see the new year come!

Where will we be next is the question looming over us!  We wait for orders in excited anticipation for the adventure to come but at the same time I am filled with dread because I don’t want to say see you later to those who have held my hand, encouraged me, laughed and/or cried with me, and inspired me in so many ways!!

Thank you 2016 for the memories, laughter, and achievements!  I pray God blesses us in ways I can’t even fathom yet during 2017!  I know He will, I honestly have no doubt but tonight I will still be somewhat sad welcoming in the New Year as I know the down side of things to come but can only wait to see the blessings!!!


Hello. Welcome. Come on in and join me on my journey as I go from the token fat girl to the ever developing token fit woman. I am "just" a wife and mom who loves Jesus and struggles daily to find the balance we all desire throughout life. I depend on His word for guidance, I fuel my self with healthy foods, and I depend on regular fitness for strength so that I may grow towards the better version of myself each and every day.

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