This year we had a Grateful Jar on the kitchen table (most days). Throughout the year we’d write things we were thankful for and drop them in. Then, on Christmas morning, we read them each to each other.
This year was an immense struggle, and I feel bad about how little I accomplished, so I wanted to share the easily forgotten little things that made us pause and write a note for.
Ian showed me his in-progress top bar hives, and I bought building materials for mine yesterday!
It feels so long ago that it wasn’t even this year but I am still proud of making the hives, seeing it all through to completion, and getting bees! Hopefully they make it through the winter. 🙂
My superb husband who cleans, cooks, hosts, GMs, and is my positive supporter.
“My superb husband” comes up a lot this year because he worked so hard and been my partner in the most emotionally difficult year I’ve had.
Yummy mandarins from mom. ❤
That I was able to make all the yummy food in prep for Extra Life.
Foraging and making a wreath & mantelpiece I love
Still my favorite Christmastime activity!
I’m growing basil and I can make french bread!
This one makes me smile so much. 🙂
A hard-working and supportive husband
I finished the paper towel replacement project!
We still use far too many paper towels (oops) but we do still love those towels I made and use them often instead of paper towels.
Wise budgeting + emergency fund
It’s not a “happy” thing but I am so grateful that we once again were able to pay an exorbitantly large (though tiny compared to some) unexpected medical bill.
Devin: Socializing more with Paul
We’re all a huge fan of Paul. 😉
Devin: Board games with Katie and friends
I STILL LOVE THE BEETEE RAP IN 2017
Probably my favorite slip in here, let’s be real. 😉
Cute fuzzy ducklings and a good momma duck to keep them warm & safe.
New shoes & a ride home from the mechanic from mom.
Both things I was in desperate need of.
For friends who listen & support me when my grief overwhelms me
Finding a fun guild to play with
I put this in here TWICE so clearly it was a big deal lol.
I finished my first roleplaying campaign as a GM!
Choosing HOPE for the future.
Long underwear, blankies, and a working heater.
Thoughts after the three? Four? days without power, probably. THOUGH ALSO APPLICABLE RIGHT NOW.
Visited the Kremers & made soap!
Found Brego a fabulous home and got to have a final trail ride before he left for Washington.
Why yes, I did cry on Christmas morning reading these, how did you know?
Getting to watch Star Wars & Lord of the Rings with friends
Having rubber boots again! Nice, clean, fresh, fitting ones too. ❤
The love of Northwest Faith Center and their openness.
Singing Christmas carols to Jesus.
Devin: Fellowship with Matt and Connor.
Finished Isaiah and Daniel in Bible study!
Having money to heat the house and put food on the table.
Birch tree removal went well – no damaged power lines or houses!
My friends visiting me almost every night when I was sad and Devin was away on a business trip.
The joy Devin expressed when I told him the news of being pregnant.
So, obviously this one is the other that made me cry. But honestly, I think I put it in after the miscarriage, because I never want to forget the pure joy that Devin expressed. Those few days of bliss. I’m thankful at least that I got to see that untainted reaction once.
OATMEAL COOKIES ARE DELICIOUS
AND WE’RE BACK
First Genesis study – exciting but good!
Finally made and delivered holiday neighbor gift baskets!
Devin watched Harry & Snowman with me. ❤
Got to see Hidden Figures w/ ladies: SUPER GOOD
Devin’s masterful GMing skills
Didn’t get hit by person running red light
For discovery of strengths and growing martial respect & love.
Thankful for Devin’s foresight in getting ALL our dishes clean before guests – we needed them all!
For finishing “So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore” with Devin – and future growth
Homemade sourdough & delicious chicken sandwiches
Ducklings!!! AHHH SO CUTE
Dancing to Star Wars music remixes on a Monday!
That Israel means “struggle with God” reminding me that we all struggle sometimes.
Today’s hashbrowns are superb.
Amelia graduation party!
Falling asleep on Devin’s chest. ❤
My dear friends who come to Bible study even when I flummox it up. XD
A new second(!) kitchenaid mixing bowl & having learned a bunch about baking this year
Learning to make DELISH cinnamon rolls! Ye-AH
Kevin Ryan came to visit & brought books, homemade donuts, homebrewed cider, and wildflower seed!
Sitting in the sun
Finn is SEW CUTE
Chickens who are laying well for us to make & eat yummy things with their eggs.
A super fun late anniversary trip! Coast drive, two forts, and a Zelda concert! ❤ ❤ ❤
Britta’s yummy beef stew during Extra Life.
A fabulous roleplaying time & YUMMY guac from Paul
Got to hangout with Gaia and watch Your Name together!
Goat milking opportunity – new skills, fresh yummy milk!
Finished knitting a scarf for mom
Walking the dogs in the winter sun while listening to audiobooks.
Didn’t lose power during our *first* snowstorm of 2017!
(key word first lol)
Finished KoTOR replay and it’s still great!
Devin helping me build things (duck house) and do projects (door painting)
Got to go to the Polk fairgrounds and finally get answers to all my rabbit showmanship questions
Finishing Hebrews & Esther in Bible study!
Devin: Friendship with Kremers. Burritos, markets, lovers
Me: “LOVERS?” Him: “The game.”
Devin’s diligence & dedication in raising money for Extra Life!
Finished Noach course
Parents got home from trip safely (and I don’t have to watch their house anymore!)
Watching the ducks and chickens run and play
Devin’s beautiful music and immense talent ❤
Saw the total eclipse! Started our 7th year of marriage!
Getting to go to the beach with the Houghs for the weekend. 🙂
A fun Christmas potluck with friends!
Getting the camry fixed
Devin: Played Overwatch with friends and found out I went to school with meekmode aka Greg
Finished the bee hive bodies! Reserved some bees!
Snuggling and watching SHIELD, Designated Survivor, Brooklyn 99!
For a house full of friends, food, and fun! #blessed
I definitely missed a few months but I found it fascinating that I didn’t include what I’d typically consider “major” milestones – which reminds me that the most joy comes from little, everyday things that are easy to forget about or dismiss.