The New Year

Currently we are in the Arizonan desert enjoying a second summer. The temperature over Christmas was comparable to our typical July sunny days. I’ve followed the weather to all the places we travelled through and have to say we picked a good year to come here.

The new year has rolled around again. Reflecting on the last year has been humbling. We’ve made some big changes, some good and some great. I don’t want to say we’ve made any bad decisions because we have yet to see the outcomes of all of them.

I don’t make New Years resolutions as I have yet to make one last more than a couple weeks. I do however, feel as though I have changed. I still have my bad temper and still have some pig headed tendencies, but I have learned to be ok with taking some risks and stepping out in faith. I’ve learned that being outside of normal isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact it is a very good thing.

I’ve learned to cherish my time with my family. I realize that they are my biggest treasure and that I have not always treated them as such. These moments and memories we are making will last a lifetime. The time goes by so fast and we feel like we wasted so much of it on idle things.

My attitude still needs adjusting and my kids would tell you I still suck at showing affection, but I feel like I’m making progress. Not everyday living in a tin can with 8 other people can be sunshine and lollipops after all.

Still, this journey we are on I think is the best decision we’ve made. It wasn’t easy to get to this place. We made some mistakes along the way, but we also had family and friends looking out for us. God has been good to us and has met our every need, and then some.

The relationships we have made along the way will last a life time. All the people we have met are so nice and have made a difference in our lives. I can’t express enough the generosity we’ve received from people we barely know. I only hope that we can return the kindness shown to us in some form or another.

So as we begin 2018 my greatest desire is for everyone to see their infinite worth. I think we all have something to offer this world in this time that can bring about positive change, we just need a gentle push. Showing kindness, listening without speaking, being generous…all small things that have a far greater power than we can ever know.

I am striving to be more present in the moment, especially with my wife and children. It is easy to put things off until tomorrow, but we never know if tomorrow will ever come. Life is precious, so are we.

5 thoughts on “The New Year

  1. Life is a gift, children are a treasure. Never be afraid or embarrassed to hug your children (or your family members) and tell them you love them. It gets easier the more you do it. Remember that these children will one day raise your grandchildren, and children learn by example. So raise your children as you would hope they will raise your grandchildren since YOU are the example they will use in their own future. How do YOU wish to be remembered as the temperamental angry, unaffectionate, too busy father or as a more reasonable even tempered, loving father who always has time to listen and a hug for a hurt be it real or imagined? No one is perfect but we can all be a little better than we were before.

    Happy New Year to all at Living Large in the North. I do hope this new year brings to you all of the best!!!!


  2. What a wonderful posting and your reflections so true. We can always strive for a better life all we can do is our best,and like you said life is short don’t wait do it now and savour the times.


  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIDETH๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฅ€๐ŸŒน๐Ÿต๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบlove you lots!!
    Auntie Dot


  4. I just read your post on Faith from Jan. 4th and it is very touching. Other comments reflect my thoughts and there is only one thing I can add to your statement: “I canโ€™t express enough the generosity weโ€™ve received from people we barely know. I only hope that we can return the kindness shown to us in some form or another”
    You must by now understand that sharing your beautiful family, your story and your friendship is already returning a kindness. I’m glad to hear you are working on sharing more affection with your children, trust me, at 62 I reflect on living in a home where hugs and kisses and I love you’s were not common for the first 20 years of my life (it just wasn’t done) you don’t want to miss a moment to do just that. ๐Ÿ™‚


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