Happiness is… New Beginnings in a New Year


Happiness is…. New Beginnings in a New Year

Let me just say that I am sooooo happy to say goodbye to 2013.  It has been one of the craziest, hardest, not great years EVER!  There were definitely highlights (and I will go over those in a bit) but man am I glad that it is finally over.

2013 Regrets or Lowlights (in Chronological Order)

~Leaving my childcare job at my church after 4 years.

~Leaving my pediatric dental assistant job that I LOVED!

~Leaving my friends that I loved and would not have survived living in Utah without.

~Working for an awful human being in the form of a dentist when I moved back to SC.  I’m still healing from the scars that man left after all this time.

~Realizing my marriage was over and asking for a divorce. (Number 1 suckiest thing this year!)

~ My husband realizing (months after we agreed to divorce) that I was really serious and it dawning on him how hurt I was from the things that happened in our marriage.

~My pappy dying. (Definitely ties for Number 1 suckiest thing!)

~Finding out the day after burying my pappy that Ian had already filed for divorce and I was being served the following week. (Due to court errors, I have yet to be served.)

2013 Highlights

~Moving back to South Carolina!

~Seeing and living near my family for the first time in 8 years.

~Spending quality time with my best friend in the world!  Getting to know her babies!

~Living less than 500 feet from my sister and watching our boys pick up right where they left off!

~Finding a new church home.

~Getting the job at the school.  Oh how I love this job and these kids.

~Becoming real friends with Ian after all we’ve been through.

~Receiving the TEACH grant and making plans to go back to school.

~Really standing up for myself and not settling for less.

~Watching both of my boys blossom and grow up.

Things I am Looking Forward to in 2014

~Starting over!

~Going back to school!

~My son becoming a teenager (maybe I am not really looking forward to this but I am so proud of him!)

~This blog!  I already love it.  I used to blog all the time and got away from it.  I am really happy to be back at it.

~Reading the Bible in a year.  I know I NEED God’s word like I need breath.  It’s one in the same!

~Expanding my baking.  Trying new recipes.  I have a HUGE passion for baking and it fills me with joy to share it.

~Spending quality time with my family.

~Seeing where God leads.  I’m making the resolution to seek God and be ready to say YES to whatever or wherever He leads.


So no I’m not sad to see 2013 go.  I am taking 2013 as learning life experience and I’m moving forward.  2014 Here I come!

What are your Lowlights and Highlights?

Are you making Resolutions?  Working toward a goal?  Focusing on a single word?




Happiness is Seeing the Joy on His Face

Happiness is Seeing the Joy on His Face

Last night was our second pack meeting with our new cub scout pack. This time the Tigers actually got to participate.  They had the opening ceremony of the pack meeting.  They did such a GREAT job.

I am the Tigers den leader. I have 4 boys in the den, including my son, Jaxon. They are all so excited about the journey through scouting. I am such a proud mom/den leader. Three of my boys got their bobcat rank last night. Only one didn’t and that’s because that was his second time with us.  But next pack meeting, he will be receiving his as well.  They all looked so sharp in their uniforms and behaved impeccably.

I am learning so much through this journey. Who knew Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts could teach a woman and mother so much?! Teaching my kids the value of scouting was never something I thought that would be my thing to teach my kids. But as a mom of boys, you learn that NOTHING is off limits or isn’t your thing to teach. I have such pride when I see my boys striving to “do their best” or do a good turn daily. When I see them get something that they didn’t get before, it’s like magic. I am so thankful for this incredible opportunity to teach my sons values through scouting, like duty to God and country, being proud to be an American (which lately has been hard for any American to feel with the downturn in the government and the economy) but that is where faith comes in. Trusting God is also something that I have always tried to teach my children, but scouting allows me to do that as well.

I am one lucky mom. I have 2 amazing boys, who are growing up to be strong and confident. I am blessed to be part of so many other children’s lives through this scouting adventure and I know that even when I don’t know what I am doing, they are learning to think things through and figure it out. What an incredible opportunity this is. Getting to see the joy in their learning, growing and love of life is truly Happiness!