This year was filled with laughter and tears. Health and sickness. Fear and comfort.
We also moved 3 times, Pedro got 3 jobs, one promotion, and I started grad school.
Hurt relationships were restored and new friendships were built.
Keo learned to crawl, stand, walk, and talk this year, and we celebrated his first birthday.
When I first sat down to write this post, I had a longgg description of all the ups and downs our family experienced in 2017.
But, Instead of giving you a long explanation about every detail of our year, I am going to shorten it for you by simply telling you what lessons I learned in 2017:
- I am strong and capable
Before I had Keo, I quit as soon as things got hard. When you have a baby, there is no such thing as quitting. You have to work through those sleepless nights and early morning (4am) wake-up calls. Many times I wondered how I was going to get through the night or day, but no matter how hard the situation was, I did make it through.
- “Friends come and go, but family is forever”
This was a phrase I grew up hearing and this year it became clear to me more than ever. During one of the hardest moments of our life, our families were there for us and helped us in physical and financial ways when we needed it the most.
- Plans change and you have to roll with the punches
When Pedro and I started school together, we made our plans and had the perfect life set up for us once we both graduated. Nothing went according to our plan. In fact, our life went in the exact opposite direction of our “perfect plan”. But we trusted in God and started praying for His plan and guidance, and even though we are nowhere near where we thought we would be four years ago, we are blessed and couldn’t ask for anything more.
- God is always watching over you and He is there for you even when it doesn’t feel like it.
Pedro and I strongly felt like God was calling us to the University we attended and to the city we lived in for four years. We were certain of our future and God’s plans for us. The whole time we were in school, we felt like we were on one path and when that path crumbled after graduation, we were hurt, sad, and confused. We didn’t understand what God was doing, and we were confused about what felt like wasted time. Although we still aren’t completely certain about what God was and is doing, we know he is still present. He continues to guide us and take care of us and has never abandoned us and never will.
Overall, this was an emotional year filled with more smiles and laughter than tears. We got through the storm which made our marriage stronger, and we were blessed to spend every single day taking care of the most special little boy. We are slowly getting back on our feet, and God continues to bless us.
No matter what the next year brings, we will be blessed and will continue to praise His name!