As I reflect on 2019, I realize just how blessed of a year it was. It has been a family tradition to write
down all the things that happened the previous year and on New Year’s we reminisce on all the amazing memories that were created. So that is what I have done!
I began 2019 on the roof of our hotel in Rome, Italy and knew it was going to be a year to remember. I met some incredible, genuine friends that have led me closer to God and that encourage me to listen to His Will. On January 2nd,
my godson was born. My friend Sam can confirm- I was jumping around the streets of Rome as we found a church to go pray in when we got news Catherine was in labor!
2019 brought another brother-in-law, Zach! It also brought a soon-to-be niece (expected April 2020)!!
2019 brought many trips and adventures – Rome, Nashville, New Mexico, England, Paris, Vegas, Fargo, Steubenville. I had four weddings as well as a whopping 21 graduation parties!
2019 also brought By His Mercy 2: Living All In, many nights at Rollies, 1 filling (oops haha), the Downton Abbey movie and the St. Faustina movie. I got to have my feet washed on Holy Thursday which was such an incredible experience. I joined the board of Pilgrim Project and have been spending every Sunday night with our youth group!
2019 brought spending quality time with my Grandma in the ditch as well as efforts to re-build our shed that was destroyed in a hit-and-run.
2019 also brought
many funerals and tears. It has become even more real to me how short life is and how grateful we should be for every day we have! I think it’s very natural to focus on things that did not go well, or the days that were tough this past year, but I encourage everyone to take a look at the full year and see what blessings have come from it. Mixed in with joy is always suffering, but when we look with eyes of faith we can see God’s blessings in all of it. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!