Stories that Matter

So We Don't Miss The Good …

My last blog post of 2015! How crazy is that! I’m hearing from a lot of people that this year has flown by, and I have to agree. Seems like just yesterday we were preparing to welcome in 2015, and here we are, saying goodbye.

If you’re like me, you take a little time to look back and reflect on the past year before moving into the next. I’ve thought a lot about it actually, about how the bottom dropped out at the start and I didn’t know which end was up for the longest time. About the soul-searching I had to do, the waiting and the wondering and the simply not knowing what was coming next.


That’s hard stuff. And I know my year was a breeze compared to some. Some of you lost loved ones. Mourned broken relationships. Faced unexpected financial losses and illness. And God knows the world is in crises. It’s easy to get sucked into the madness if you spend any time on social media.

Easy to lose sight of the good.

I’ve fallen into that trap too. So today, the last day in a somewhat tumultuous year, I’m focussing on the good. Because it was a good year. Busy, crazy, but so, so good.

We saw babies born, our son graduating from Berklee School of Music, a wedding, a 2 book deal, daughter’s photography career take off, son-in-law getting hired on as a full-time firefighter, and I celebrated my big 5-0 with an amazing surprise party and visit from my sister and family! It has been quite a year. I’ve been working hard, but also living. And doing my best not to miss the good.

I have so much to be grateful for, and I’m so thankful for all the wonderful friends and family who make my life what it is.

Pretty amazing.

So today I’m just sharing the good, a brief glance back, a few smiles, and a reminder of things to come!








And my word for 2016?

That one’s easy.


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  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on December 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Truly a year to celebrate, Cathy! Thank you for sharing your joys with us.

    And please don’t forget the tremendous contribution you’ve made to many writers’ hearts through this blog. Your writing, so open and honest, has inspired many to keep going through the discouragement and dismay that is inherent in this profession. You’re a blessing, and you’re truly the Hands and Heart of Jesus.

  2. Jebraun Clifford on December 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Joy was my word for 2015 🙂 It was a good year, wasn’t it? May you be blessed as you pursue joy in 2016!!!

  3. shellilittleton on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I took that last picture!! 🙂 That was so fun!!

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