Out With The Old, In With The New

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out with the old in with the newFresh Starts And New Beginnings

I don’t know about you, but this past year has been full of many ups and downs. This includes major surgery in the spring and becoming re-infected with Lyme disease this past fall.

Needless to say, I was so ready for 2016 to get started!

Some might think New Years is just another day, but to me it’s a fresh start and a new beginning.

And, boy/girl did I need one after 2015! Do you know what I mean?

Have you ever had a year like that?

In the fall I had to resign from my teaching job (that I dearly loved) due to being so sick with Lyme and related illnesses. I’ve been fortunate to teach with many excellent educators at our school, which serves children with special needs. I’m grateful for the friends I made there and the opportunity I had to work with great people and amazing kids.

After transitioning from teaching for so many years to being at home, it’s given me the opportunity to become more proactive about improving my health issues. It’s also helped me save my limited energy to enjoy even more precious moments with David and our four kids.

I’m studying and learning so much, and doing something I’m passionate about: learning, educating and supporting others who are dealing with similar health crises and/or striving towards becoming the healthiest they can possibly be.

I’ve reflected on some of the super fun times from the past year, like when David and I wore our I Love My Awesome Husband/I Love My Awesome Wife shirts on our family vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Our kids loved that! 😉

out with the old in with the new

(And, yes, I’m aware of the weird side braid in the picture, but we had so much fun with the shirts, and my awesome hubby looks so handsome, I just had to share.)

Proud Mama

Also, in 2015 our oldest son, Drew, graduated from high school in the spring. He started his college career in the fall (yay!).

Our son, Cooper, started his Senior year in high school in the fall and plans to graduate this spring. Talk about a busy year!

As you can probably tell, I’m one proud mama. I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for them both! Fortunately, having gone through this Senior stuff once should help me know more what to expect the second time around.

A Thankful Heart Is A Happy Heart

Through everything that’s happened this past year, I’m grateful for the happy times and celebrations shared with family and friends in 2015.

I’m thankful to have married such a great guy who loves his family dearly. We celebrated our 22nd anniversary on January 1, so it’s a special day to me for many reasons. We also share this wedding date with my grandparents, who I affectionately called Nanny and Papaw.

I always dreamed of having a big family. My heart overflows with thankfulness and love for my man and our 4 amazing kids! God is good!

God has always provided for us. And He will do the same for you!

Even though 2015 was my toughest year to date, He was there every step of the way. He’s taking care of our family and giving me strength to get through some of the most difficult times in my life, even when I was stubborn and didn’t cooperate!

In 2016, with God’s direction and help, I hope to grow stronger and healthier, and plan on doing everything I can to help make that dream a reality.

So I’m starting this year with a heart full of love, joy, excitement for what is to come, for you and me. I’m hoping that this year will be the best one yet!

out with the old in with the new

What are some things that have helped you deal with chronic illness, loss, or other difficult times in your life?


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  1. Hi Lori! Happy New Year! I’m a teacher as well. Looking back to 2013, I really should have taken at least a semester off when first diagnosed with Lyme. But, I really had no idea what was in store. It’s still a real challenge daily to work, but I’ve been able to shed some of the other commitments I had (club sponsor, department chair, etc.) so we’ll see. Congratulations on having almost 2 graduates! How awesome. My daughter graduates high school in early June and we couldn’t be more proud of her. You two look so cute in your shirts! <3

    1. Hi Ellen!

      Thank you for the comment about the shirts. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind. 😉 Congratulations to your daughter on her upcoming graduation!

      It’s interesting how Lyme completely changes your life, isn’t it?

      I was diagnosed 2 years ago, but went 18 months untreated prior to that. I continued working the past 2 years, but it was a daily struggle, and I maxed out my sick days due to doctor’s appointments and feeling bad. Fortunately, I had an amazing boss who was so supportive and understanding.

      I’m thankful I was able to continue that long and I’m happy for you that you’re able to continue teaching! I’m glad you were able to eliminate some of your responsibilities.

      Please keep in touch and let me know how you’re doing!

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