Monday, December 31, 2012

Forgetting the past....Looking ahead.

It's the last day of 2012.
It was the best of times and the worst of times. To be honest, I won't be sad to see this year go. 2012 started off with my dad passing away on February 9th from terminal brain cancer. Pretty safe to say we were ready for a new year in Feburary. Let me tell you though, January 2012 will be a month I will never ever forget. It was filled with some of the sweetest and most tender-hearted moments I will never forget in my life and will safely be tucked away in my heart forever. We knew our dad would only have a few short weeks left with us and God blessed those weeks like we never could have imagined. There was nothing left unsaid, not an "I love you", hug and kiss not given. That time, it belongs in a treasure box. It created a bond in our family that can never be broken. It's funny how I can take one of the hardest months and look back on it so fondly. That's only by the grace of God. He is so so gracious.
The rest of the year was pretty much all of us trying to navigate through our new normal and finding our footing, and moving on without him and going through all the "first" throughout the year without him.
But 2013.. It's going to be different. I really believe that.
I think I found a scripture and motto that I'm going to take with me into the new year.
It's so fitting.
I'm believing that 2013 will be MY year. I have big dreams and desires that I'm praying to fruition. I pray that I will continue to grow into a better version of myself. There's always room for growth, always areas of improvement that can be worked on. I pray that I'll find peace and contentment like I've never known, and that I'll enjoy and love being me, and enjoy the person that God has created me to be. I pray that I'll continue to love people and love well, and be open to what God wants to teach me in 2013, oh boy could the list go on and on.....
I pray all this for you, too.

Whether your year was filled with happy moments or sad moments...There's something to be said about a new year, new beginnings, a fresh start and to wipe the slate clean. So here's to forgetting the past and looking forward to what's ahead.

With all that said, I end this year knowing I am so so blessed!! And hope you can take the last day of this year and count your blessings, too!!! :)

Have a wonderful and safe New Year. See you in 2013!


Kristin said...

I will be praying those blessings for you too!! :) You deserve it! Have a wonderful New Years!!

Mallory said...

Lauren, I so love and appreciate your heart, especially throughout such a difficult year! It is a good lesson for us all. I pray that 2013 brings you even more joy and that you are reminded of just how much God loves and adores you!

Holly Martinez said...

and yes... seeing more of one another! expect a text from me sweet friend!

Toya said...

Hello You can do this! I am excited to support you and have your support on this journey!