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High Five For 2018!

Why do we so easily forget the good days and so fiercely hang on to the bad ones? I am ashamed to say that I considered not even writing a year-end highlights post for 2018 because I figured there weren’t enough good memories to outweigh the hard ones.

I was wrong! God has graciously given us some really sweet memories that remind me of His goodness, grace and kindness in our lives. If you feel as I did that 2018 isn’t worth looking back on, I hope you’ll scroll through your pictures and find some sweet memories – like these!

January: 4 days of snow 

March: Kentucky road trip with Paul

April: Hand lettering class with Mom

May: Spending Mother’s Day with my parents

June: Asheville brunch with my Mom, sister and nephews


July: Atlantic City Road Trip

August: Boone weekend for Mom’s birthday

September: Birthday weekend in Kentucky

October: Gaither Vocal Band Concert

November: Traveling with Mom

November: UK game!

December: HamFam Christmas!

Previous Year-End Highlights: 20172016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 

Some of the most read posts from this year included my Nana’s Secret To A Tidy Home, The Truth About My Marriage and My Favorite Breakfast Casserole.

My first post on How To Leave A Church got lots of love and comments – I wasn’t surprised that the follow up post wasn’t as warmly received. The advice I gave in that post isn’t easy to follow! 🙂 I wrote those posts because on the first Sunday of 2018, we joined a new church. That was easily the best thing we did all year!

I’m also so glad that I committed to follow the F260 Bible reading plan and to read one chapter of Proverbs each day. The pictures I shared above truly were the highlights – I walked through some very ugly trials and had to make some painful decisions this year. My daily commitment to read God’s Word gave me hope, direction, life and peace. There’s no substitute for it!

High Five for Friday Linkup

Tif from Bright on a Budget, Della at Della Devoted, Becky at BYBMG and Whitney J from Polka Dotty Place and I welcome you to the High Five for Friday link-up! This is where we come together to share our favorite posts we’ve written throughout the week. Drop up to 3 links below!

BLOGGERS: Ready to join in the link-up? Link up to THREE of your posts from the past week in the linkup below. We ask that you follow each co-host on social media and link back to the link-up. Thanks for joining us for the High Five for Friday linkup!

One last thing – I have a new video over on YouTube today, sharing my favorite books, shows, products and snacks from 2018. You can watch it here if you’re interested. 🙂 Have a great weekend!


11 thoughts on “High Five For 2018!

  1. So true. We hold on to what didn’t go right wishing we went down a different path. But that is dangerous since the traveled path may have been the correct one. Happy to see your positive posting for the New Year!!


  2. Happy New New! I’m glad you were able to remember and focus on the good things that happened to you in 2018. I think it’s so important for us to remember the little things that make us smile. Wishing you a great 2019!


  3. Happy New Year!! I’m glad you were able to find so many happy moments from 2018! I hope it was a good reminder of all the good that the year brought in the midst of hard times. I’m hoping to do the same for our year next week. We definitely had some hard things to work through, but I am thankful for all the smiles and good times sprinkled in between the challenging ones. God is good even when things don’t work out like we think they should or how we’ve planned (something I have to remind myself regularly) 🙂


  4. I have been under a fog due to a difficult situation with a family member. It has been a problem since September and it does color my world for sure. I am trying to be the bigger person but isn’t it easy to hang on to hurt?? It is for me. I am trying to let it go in 2019. No apology will be received from this person and I need to let that go as well. Being a first child I get so aggravated at those who do not play by the Thanks for being so transparent as that helps all of us see the EVERYONE struggles in spite of the carefully curated life we see on Social Media.


  5. I am so glad you decided to do this post! I’m sure looking back at 2018 and recalling all of these beautiful highlights caused your heart to rejoice in God’s goodness! No year will be perfect while we’re living in this broken world, but boy does God grow us in times of hardships and through it all He gives such good gifts! I find posts like this (and Friday 5’s in general) to be such a great aid in noticing and better appreciating the blessings He brings. It was a joy to read your year in review today. Happiest of New Year wishes to you, sweet friend! xo!


    1. I so agree, friend – these posts make me “hope in God’s faithfulness” instead of going “down to the pit” like Jeremiah talks about – it’s my choice to do one or the other. Happy New Year to you! ❤


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