Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Plague

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great December! We sure did. Except for the plague part. Sorry, I’m always posting about us getting sick. The middle of our Christmas break had us holed away at my in-laws’ house because everyone was sick. ? My brother-in-law, father-in-law, and I somehow avoided it—probably due to our steel-cut immune systems. Both the babies got diarrhea and everyone else was vomiting on top of that. It was pretty sad, but we survived.

Christmas was pretty great! It was fun to see family, eat good food, give stuff, get stuff, sit by the fire, play games, and take lots of pictures of R. After watching his cousin toddling around, R decided that he wanted to step up the mobility and has started pulling himself up on things. Most of the time he can only make it to his knees but put him in a bathroom and he’ll use the tub to pull himself to his feet! ? He also popped a top tooth this last week and has been chewing on everything within reach.

New Year’s Eve was a blast! Once the kiddos were in bed we played Drawful and Tenzi, ate lots of candy, and watched the ball drop on TV. It was, of course, sealed with a wonderful kiss from G. ? I can’t believe it’s 2018! But can I just say that I’m so excited we’re back to an even year? Years ending in even numbers just sound better to me.

I couldn’t write this post without mentioning resolutions. Though I fully believe you can start bettering your life and being the person you want to be at any time of the year, I do love starting a new year because it makes me reflect and think of things on purpose. As a family, we’ve decided to be better about saying family prayers with R and doing better at having Family Home Evening every Monday night. We’ve sat at about 50 percent since we got married, and I think Monday nights deserve better than that. ?

I am personally committing to reach out more to my family members, both immediate and extended. My family has gone through a few changes this year, some quite heartbreaking. These experiences have handed me a magnifying glass to help me observe the quality of my relationships with my family, and there’s definitely room for improvement on my end.

The year 2018 will be a fun one, I can feel it. I have lots of hopes and dreams for myself and my family. I will be graduating in April (yay!) and will hopefully have more time to write this year. There’s a short story contest that happens four times a year that I really want to enter. I also want to finish my high school shirts quilt that I’ve been hoarding and planning on completing (and starting) for five years now. ? Here’s to hoping!

To sign off I just want to say Thank You. No matter how few or how many people read this, THANK YOU for what you do and for you who are. You have touched my life and the life of my family and we’ve definitely become better people because of it. We are stronger, more thankful, more loving, and more like our Savior than we were at the beginning of 2017. Stay strong. Stay true to your beliefs. Let’s work together to make 2018 better than we can possibly imagine.


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