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2014…

I suppose it’s time to do a yearly recap and look forward to the next year. I’ve had hours on end in a vehicle to reflect and dream, going to and from Texas for Christmas.

Everyone always says, “Where did the year go!? Time sure does fly!” This is one year, however, in which I go, “It’s been a long, full, good year.” Because it was.

2014 –

– we visited Oregon and spent time with my husband’s family. We were blessed with unseasonably warm and sunny days while we were there.

– We saw Steve Wariner twice and we got to catch Merle Haggard at the Ryman. I saw Jack Ingram in Houston, and The Departed in Temple, TX. We saw Wade Hayes do a show, and I again got to attend the Opry when my husband played. I never take any of these for granted.

– on my birthday, I had four country music recording artists wish me a happy birthday. While all are people I consider friends today, the old high school aged fan girl in me squeeeeeeed every time.

– I got a whole new smile. It was honestly something I never thought would happen nor put much thought into… But now that it’s happened, I love it and definitely feel a different confidence today than before the makeover.

– I felt it my honor to help raise money for both MDA and CASA. Both are amazing organizations and both have come to be deep in my heart.

– went to San Antonio, TX to see my nephew play with the high school band, which has been named the state honor band. Flew home for my niece’s 13th birthday. Got to attend relatives’ 50th Wedding Anniversary. Made it to Texas for a whirlwind Christmas trip. Family is so very, very important.

– worked. A lot. But this year I brought in my personal best income for the year. I’ve worked hard for it. It feels good to say that! But I’m also now terrified of how much I’ll owe in taxes. LOL Being self employed rocks up to tax season. Then it’s, “Aw man!”

– we experienced negative wind chills. And I didn’t like it.

– made it through Fall without getting a sinus infection. First time that’s happened In years!

– got a Fitbit and lost 10 lbs. Pretty sure I found them back over Christmas, though. Oops!

– was quoted in a book about Texas High School football. I still need to order my own copy of it, and I have to admit I pinch myself about it.

– took lots of photos and have sold a bunch of canvas prints of some of them. Maybe this picture taking thing is more viable than I thought.

– we bought a house. Let me repeat that. WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. I’m still pinching myself, and I admit… I am super excited to do some serious nesting come January.

– came to really realize how blessed and rich we are in friendships. I’ve been humbled by the amazing souls around me more times than I can count in the last year. And I am so thankful.

– I was on TV a few times talking about Printers Alley. And we are having to say good bye to the bar I’ve worked at the last 7.5 years in one capacity or another. I’ve put more heart and soul into this bar than even I realize sometimes, and I am slowly finding myself more and more scared and lost realizing it won’t be there any more.

– started laying groundwork for the biggest project and potentially life-changing career plans. I’ll talk more about this in the future, but suffice to say there are exciting things on the horizon.

So. Yeah. It’s time to start a new chapter… Chapter 2015. I’m admittedly a little scared. I’m going into the new year with so many variables that I can not predict, but I’m also very, very excited. Praying for health, happiness and prosperity… For myself and all those around me.

Christmas traditions: New & Old

While sitting and staring blankly at my iPad trying to come up with a blog post, my husband suggested “Christmas Traditions.” Hmmm… Maybe he is onto something. After all, a big part of the magic of Christmas is honoring old traditions while making new ones.

For example, a new tradition is going to see Ice! and drive through the Dancing Lights of Jellystone park with friends. A bunch of big kids sliding down the ice slide, oohing and ahhing over the ice sculptures while bundled up in big blue puffy coats. Then a drive through the lights, ending with a picture with Santa. I love this tradition! I look forward to it now every year!

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Ready to see Christmas lights!

 

Meanwhile, an old tradition I love that my family has kept up is having a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas day. We used to do that with my grandparents, and we continue it still today. It’s just another way, outside of attending midnight mass, we are keeping Christ in Christmas!

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Birthday cake for Jesus.

 

Sometimes, traditions have to change. One tradition that will have to change next year is our Christmas party with friends at the bar. I’ve come to love decorating the bar, then there is the big Dirty Santa gift exchange. It’s always a ton of laughs and a room filled with love. With the bar closing, we will have to find a way to recreate or move it. Because those friendships are too dear to let some hotel and investors take it away.

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Fiddle family Christmas memories.

 

So tell me, what are some of your favorite traditions… Old or new!

Remembering a happy surprise

When I saw what this month’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) theme is, I knew I had to participate.

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Dec 2: Talk about a surprise that made you happy.

I’m going to reach way back for this one. All the way back to 7th grade.

It was my birthday, and I don’t recall what was planned for it with my parents. But I do clearly remember it was a school day, and I got called to the office.

The school secretary told me my parents had called and were on their way with some questions. I was so confused and admittedly worried. I remember quizzing her periodically as to what it could be about. I just could not figure out what on earth my parents could need.

After what felt like an hour (but what was actually probably less than 10 minutes), one of my classmates came and told me that they needed me back in class. I recall arguing with her a little that I couldn’t go, my parents were on the way! The school secretary told me to go ahead, she would come get me when they got there. Don’t worry.

I walked into the classroom to, “SURPRISE!!!!!!”

The room had been decorated and there was a cake and presents for my birthday. To this day I am still stunned by this… it still touches my heart deeply. That happened 21 years ago. (I would have been turning 13, I believe.) I don’t recall how I reacted now. I don’t recall what kind of cake it was or what kind of gifts I received. I don’t recall those little details…

But I do recall the joy and love I felt that day. I’ll remember it forever.

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