This year has been rough. But I’ve mentioned that several times before. Even I’m getting tired of hearing about the 1-2 punches this year has thrown at me. It’s time to move on despite the fact there are still three more months with more tests coming my way I’m sure. Let’s not talk about that right now. I don’t want to appear ungrateful so this post is all about the good stuff 2016 has thrown my way. There’s been plenty.
First of all, a couple of cute little packages joined my family. Two of my nieces each had baby girls within 6 months of each other. Little gifts from heaven to make you all go, “awww.”
I also had the opportunity to visit a place very important to my mom when she was a girl. The place she spent her summers.
As a family, we also visited dad’s special place as a youth.
On Labor Day, dad and I went for a hike looking for another special place from his youth. Though we were unsuccessful in our venture, we still had a good day.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that as my troubles mounted I relied heavily on my family. We had some great outings.
For my annual birthday road trip, I had the opportunity to safely drive over 1,000 miles and visit places I have never been before. Plus, I attended Utah temple number 16 – which means I have attended all currently operating Utah temples.
Despite all the turmoil, our final Girls’ Camp visual came to fruition.
At the end of summer, I felt tired of my woes so I decided to put together something I was interested in doing. I like to share information so I put together a little tour of our local cemetery and conducted it in September. Seventeen people came and I felt it was a success and gave me the boost and positive distraction I desperately needed at the time.
Five years ago, I sat in my sister’s living room in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. We watched the morning’s session of conference together. My parents were also there. Mom had been in Utah for her treatments that were starting to fail her. She did not feel well but she wanted to go home to Wyoming. Her preference was to be in Wyoming as much as possible but we had to take her to SL for treatments. On that particular day in early October, we were taking her home. But we watched part of conference before we left and I’m thankful we did. She was able to hear the announcement that Wyoming was getting its first temple! Although she was too sick to react, I know it was an answer to her prayers. Last month the open house for the Star Valley temple took place and I made sure I went. A temple in Wyoming, mom! How about that?!
I traveled on I-80 from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Salt Lake City. I went north and south and had the opportunity to do some traveling and hiking. I achieved a goal to walk over 4.5 miles on one particular outing to help prepare me for camp. I did my best to take nightly walks to keep my mental health balanced. Plus, I tried to read more and spend less time watching television and other non-active pursuits.
While it has definitely been a testing year, there has also been plenty of good and beautiful things that have come out of it. I am grateful for the goodness and beauty.