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au revoir twenty sixteen … bonjour twenty seventeen.

PINMemories squeezed in small pictures.  Moments captured on film.  Time captured in our head space to reminisce.  There’s something so wonderful about embarking on a new year with fresh vision and eager anticipation for the journey ahead.  But for the nostalgic girl over here, there’s also a string attaching me to what will one day be distant memories that is hard for me to cut off.  Thankfully, 1. seasons go and come again and 2. we have some many vices of recording special/favorite moments in our lives.

Faith is the art of holding on to things in spite of your changing moods or circumstance. – C.S. Lewis

Instead of trying to change everything as I roll into the fresh new year, I want to take steady movements to improving and furthering the bounds I took in 2016.  Like C.S. Lewis mentioned, as faith as my foundation, “holding on to things” regardless of the constant change around me, this next year can be more of an embellishment of that which is already rooted in me.  Of course, there will always be things to weed out, but of the good things rooted this past year (and previously) … I want to nurture and grow.

For the past few years, we’ve come up with a word/theme to come back to during the year.  Call it a vision cast or an ideal we’d like to get better at.  This year, when I asked Matt what he thought our “word” should be, he came up with STEWARDSHIP.

stewardship [noun]: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially  :  the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care

Initially, I wanted to ask him the next word that came to mind as it didn’t sound quite as exciting as I wanted(!), but I bit my tongue and said, “Let me mull on it.”  And the more I chewed on it, the fullness of stewardship and all the areas of our life it applies to, the more it seemed to be the best word for our upcoming year.  From the way we manage our time (with our family, business, friends), to the way we take care of our resources (acreage, home, vehicles, etc.), to those very things I mentioned earlier (taking the previous years’ lessons with me) that have been ‘entrusted in our care’ … we can always do better and grow, grow, grow!  So, here’s to stewarding more AND better this year <clinks glass>!!

Hope you had a wonderful time of rest over the holidays, the happiest of new years to you and yours and I hope to be connecting with you more over here in 2017!  Now … for the (condensed version) highlights of my 2016:

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