Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Recap: A Year in Review and God's Grace

This year. Went by. SO fast.

People aren't lying when they tell you life goes by faster with kids.  And I only have one.

This year has been HUGE for me.  I don't mean with money (um...definitely no. I stopped working haha).  I didn't gain 50 pounds (thank God).  I didn't get some mega promotion (bummer).

No, this year has been sincerely rewarding in so many ways and in so many avenues.  I continue to be married to the most amazing man on this planet, and I gave birth in May to my healthy, happy and especially handsome Jace Alexander.  I have experienced some new friendships that are very rich and filled with spiritual health and growth.  I was able to finish grad school with my Family Nurse Practitioner, and I am getting prepared to sit for boards.  We started Tuttle Family Farm, where we are raising pasture-raised chickens and quail and getting to enjoy the fulfillment of helping other families eat high quality organic.  I was able to develop my blog more and become an administrator for The Snap Mom, which has got to be one of my most favorite jobs ever!  I got to grow my Young Living business and help me use these incredible oils to naturally help their families.  Even more importantly, I have seen God continue to carry me through health challenges and through my healing journey for my gut and autoimmune symptoms.

Not a bad year right?

I tell you, being a mother changes your life.  I don't know how to describe it.  To think that a year and a half ago being pregnant was the last thing I wanted to have happen to me...I was so physically sick and just overwhelmed.  And now I sit here in awe.  How did God know this is what I needed?  How did I become so deserving to get pregnant, without even trying, and carry to full term and deliver naturally a healthy baby boy?

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord.  "Plans to prosper you, not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11.

This verse has resonated with me for several months now.  Applicable for many different people for many different situations.  For wherever you are in your journey.  God has taught me more and more (and thanks to my husband and some friends) to truly live in the moment and appreciate each day.  I used to be riddled with anxiety and worry, consumed with planning and being so structured.  Freedom from that has also provided additional healing from my previous eating disorder and that phase in my life.

We are all on the journey.  Choose carefully the company you keep for it and dare to take a step into faith.  Try new things, enjoy each day to the fullest.  Let God carry you when you are weak.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Dream Big.  Stop stressing out. And let God lead you.  From my family to yours,

Happy New Year <3

Blessings,

Lindsay





















God is good <3

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