Things I learned in year 41:

God uses friendships to encourage our faith.

I’m not an avoider; I am an engager.

Speaking honestly and sharing my desires and preferences is a more loving way to be in a relationship than protecting myself and keeping my thoughts to myself.

I like making pretty things.

Teaching your firstborn to drive is terrifying. But once he gets his license, it’s amazing.

Wearing the same two pair of jeans again and again is better than having 20 that you don’t really love.

Prepackaged food is not as good as homemade.

Except Pop tarts. They are still delicious.

Asking for help is one step. Receiving the help with grace is another. Both are good and necessary and healthy.

Black lives are deeply valuable and the wounds run so much deeper than I ever knew. Listening and learning is heartbreaking and hopeful.

I really enjoy baking.

Clarity is not the ultimate goal. Sure it would be nice, but it would lead to self-reliance and that is definitely not the end goal. Trust is.

Nicely painted nails makes me feel like a grown up.

Filling in your brows makes a big difference.

I can do hard things. We all can.

Beauty matters because it reminds us of God’s goodness.

Seasons of deep, soul-important work are good. So are seasons of rest and gratitude and delightful contentment.

✨ Here’s to another year of growing and learning and embracing and delighting.