We started 2017 traveling to Tennessee for Poppy's celebration of life service. We returned to the first and only snow of the season.
Mom and I got to take a trip to the Chick-fil-A corporate offices in March. It's important to note because this is the first full year of having myself, mom, and dad all working together. I have to stop and continue to give thanks for the Chick-fil-A family - both blood related and not - that I'm surrounded by as well as this wonderful opportunity where I get to work and apply my strengths and gifts.
I can't reflect on 2017 without recalling our trips to Florida in both April and July. We are so blessed by Michael's parents living close by and, well, besides my birthday Disney is one of my most favorite things to enjoy.
Eli turned 9 in May and finished up 3rd grade. He enjoyed a part-time summer camp and we enjoyed mom's summer camp of fun and learning with both kids on a part-time schedule which proved to be much more enjoyable for us all. August brought the start of fourth grade. He continues to create and construct. He can turn anything into a robot or creation that will blow most people's minds with just some scotch tape and whatever he can find lying around. (I just spent 3 hours cleaning his room to make room for all the new toys and building sets he got for Christmas only to uncover countless projects that he's created.) His creativity astounds us.
Early in November Eli also shared his decision to accept Christ as his Savior. This is the first time I've shared this news publicly because it's such a personal experience but because it is so life changing it has also been a true highlight of the year and one I want to document.
Watching this brother and sister relationship blossom has made the year full of moments that are now memories. They go from playing and laughing to fighting and antagonizing the way any good brother and sister would. Juggling the demands of a school-aged child alongside a toddler can prove to be challenging and yet the most abundant of blessings. Truly my cup runneth over!