The Best of 2016

It’s easy to forget everything that can happen in one year. Everyone can probably remember 3-4 monumental events like weddings, births, holidays, etc but sometimes the best memories can be the little things.  I COULD say that this was THE WORST year ever because Clay deployed but that would be a lie. It has been one amazing year full of so many blessings.

Every year we will face trials and challenges, but if we don’t embrace the bad then we will never learn how to appreciate the good. After all, those challenges that we endure make us better people in the end and we come out stronger than ever before… if you choose to. Ultimately, the decision is yours but I choose to embrace the GOOD, for God is good ALL THE TIME! I challenge you to look back on your year and focus on all of the blessings you have. Make new goals for 2017 and chase them hard! No dream is too big.

2017 will bring many more births, weddings and best of all, it will bring my husband home! Until then I will enjoy the next 6 months and focus on making great memories with my babies and chasing my own dreams!

Here is a look back on some of the greatest moments of 2016. Lily’s birth was by far the best day of the year!

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Went to a Wine and Painting class with friends! We need to do more of these in 2017
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We announced that we were bringing a new addition to our family.
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One of my best friends from college came to the gender reveal to surprise me, all the way from South Carolina. It was the first time anyone has ever pulled off a surprise and made me cry.
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I went to a military ball with my HANDSOME husband!
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We started building our new house!
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We attended a life long friends wedding in Texas.
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We met Kacy Cantanzaro, and Clay kicked butt at the Warrior Course at Ft. Sill.
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We went to our brother Connor’s graduation!
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We had a baby shower for Lily!
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We went to the lake with my family.
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Loved spending quality time with this guy.
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Luke enjoyed driving the boat with Grandpa
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Lots of fishing dates with my husband
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My army friends surprised me with a baby shower! They were so sweet!
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We celebrated our second anniversary and Luna’s 2nd Birthday! She was born the day we got married so we always said she was meant to be.
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I have enjoyed watching Luke grow up and getting to play with him and watch him learn. He amazes me everyday!
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We celebrated Luke’s 1st Birthday. I don’t know how that year went by so quickly…
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Moved into our new house and enjoyed many BBQs with our friends.
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I LOVED being pregnant with my sister wife, Nikki. Words can’t describe how blessed I am to have her in my life!
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My family came up to prepare for Lily’s birth and we went hiking one last time.
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Dr. Patel has become a great family friend. He delivered both of our babies and we appreciate all he’s done to keep myself and the kids alive and healthy!
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Our first picture with Lily on her birthday.
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Reid and Sarah came to visit Lily after she was born.
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We found our church home and made it official!
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My Uncle holding Lily.
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My Aunt, Uncle and cousins came up to visit us from Texas after Lily was born.
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One of Clay’s great friends from West Point came to visit from Colorado. We always enjoy his company.
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I started my business with Rodan and Fields and became successful faster than I could have ever dreamed of.
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We took one last trip home with Clay for the year. I found out my friend Avery was pregnant and it’s a girl!
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We had one last family dinner with Clay.
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Clay and I got to have one last DATE NIGHT at the North GA State Fair.
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We had a photo shoot with both of our babies! Shout out to Holly Long Photography!
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The morning of Nikki’s induction.
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Waiting for the go for AJ to meet her in the operating room
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AJ and Nikkis beautiful baby Caleb. We love him SO much!
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The worst day of the year but the best friends to be with during such a terrible time.
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Our last moments with Clay before he deployed.
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Nikki and I went with some of the other Army wives to the pumpkin patch!
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I met this amazing woman, check out COOL CAKES BY LINDSAY! She’s so talented and a great friend!
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Exercised our right to vote!
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Conquered my fears and got on a “roller coaster” with my Dad…. It may or may not have had breaks to slow down..
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Our family trip to Pigeon Forge two weeks before it burned down. We were so thankful we went when we did.
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Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner with both families
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We spent a 2nd Thanksgiving in Ohio visiting with our Grandma and Cousins! Again, something we NEED to do more often!
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Avery’s baby shower!
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I found out my big sister is pregnant! We can’t wait to meet her baby boy!
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We said yes to the bridesmaids dresses! My SIL is getting married next year
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Tree lighting with my favorite little boy in the whole world!
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Sibling pictures are something we need more of.
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Lily made a great addition to the Santa picture this year
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We ended the year strong and celebrated the marriage of one of our close friends
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Our last family photo of the year. I think we all looked perfect!
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We got our New Year’s kiss in… even if it was over FaceTime. Thank God for technology! Cheers to 2017! The year we get to be together again!
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