Tuesday, December 31, 2019

So long 2019!



This year was a tough year for us. I would say, it was probably one of the most difficult years of our marriage. Funny enough they say the 7th year is always the toughest. However, ours was a struggle for reasons that are not listed in all online polls. Ours was a spiritual and emotional struggle with things beyond our control, a sort of spiritual warfare seeping through our family life.


We survived.
We learned.
We've grown in our trust for God and His providence.

Suffering can be in vain or it can be a life lesson spurring us to grow and stretch our hearts in ways we never thought possible.

Our experience was the latter.

What we learned from 2019:


  • Family life has challenges that are meant to make us stronger and grow towards holiness.
  • Family life should push you towards selflessness.
  • Sometimes God asks us to do things we never dreamed of doing; You do them and He always provides.
  • Marriage is the heart of our family and not the other way around.
  • Simply family all together is probably the best gift you can give your children.
  • Technology steals from the intimacy of family life.
  • Prayer is not only essential but required in marriage.
  • When there is no prayer life, there is no peace.
  • We can only handle one big project at a time.
  • The desires of our hearts, no matter how good they may seem, are not always what is best for our family.
  • A faith community can fill in the gaps in your faith life at home.


Now it's time to turn the page and start a new chapter in our lives. As usual, standing on the threshold of a new year has its promise and hope for 12 months' opportunities.

It's 365 days of possibilities
52 weeks of starting fresh.

We've gone through many unfinished resolutions year after year and one thing we have learned is that being reasonable and practical in our goal setting is probably the wisest thing we can do. Being specific rather than vague also makes for achievable resolutions. 

Our hopes for 2020 are:


  • Spend more time sharing as a family; one outing a month. 
  • Pick up our nightly rosary again.
  • Pray a family rosary on Sundays.
  • Introduce boys to night prayer (liturgy of the hours).
  • Take time for a monthly holy hour (with or without the family).
  • Take on Hail 15 a Catholic fasting program for mind, body, and soul. 
  • Pray for one person every day, all year and watch God do His marvels in that person's life. 
  • Finish one unfinished project in the house every three months (being realistic here).
  • Finally, make our wedding photo album.
  • Exercise 3-4 days a week for 30 minutes a day.
  • Serve more fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Plan a family camping/hiking trip.
  • Learn to ski.


What are your lessons learned in 2019 and what do you hope for in 2020? Have a blessed and happy new year and may 2020 be filled with Christ's blessings through our Blessed Mother.



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