New Year, New Hope

Friday, December 30, 2016

Can you all believe it is the end of 2016! I am for real baffled by how fast this year flew by. 
At the beginning of this year I had no clue what this year would bring. A lot of joy & sorrow, Life lost and new life formed. Its been a journey.

I felt let down so many times this year. It was like a roller coaster of good & bad, highs & lows. Losing my grandma, my best friend's grandma, and my baby cousin was crushing.
Getting bad news about my mom's case time & time again was emotionally exhausting. 
Hearing my sweet baby might have spinalbifida & waiting for tests + results made for the longest month of my life. 
This year was an emotional one to say the least.

I was thinking about my hopes for 2017. I'd love to grown in my faith, be a better wife, a stronger mama, more secure financially, lose some of these many pounds of baby weight from my back to back pregnancies. I'd like to have more alone time with my husband & take more opportunities to speak. Gosh I want to commit more to this blog & not be afraid to try new things. There's a lot of hopes for this new year, but more than anything, I want to hope...

I want to truly hope...

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

Hope in the original context of this verse means "a great expectation". I asked myself if I have those kind of expectations. Expectations for my dreams to be fulfilled. Or has the repetitive let downs made my heart sick. I do expect things, I expect the worse. Kind of like a doctor who just spits out the worst case scenario just in case. Knowing there is a slim chance the worst could happen, but trying to give room for it. If it works out better, than great, but if not, at least you expected the worst. 

That is not hope at all. The definition of hope in the english language is "a trust". 

In 2017, I simply want

To hope...

To expect...

To trust...

Then I can dream again. My heart will be full & like the proverb says, I will be like a tree of life.

So friends, what are your 2017 goals & resolutions?
Do you truly have hope that you will achieve greatness
? Do you trust & expect they will all result in success? 
I look forward to this new year & all the things it has in store. 
I hope you do too...

xoxo, Jalyssa

Some of my favorite moments/photos from 2016 that remind me to have high hopes for 2017



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