#MyHeartyLife | #43 – Naths Birthday, Christmas & Fake Christmas

At the beginning of this year I set a goal to write a post each week that would help me to pick out all of the goodness of that week. I wanted to remember that however it went, however hard it felt or however many times I lost it, the week still had beauty in it and there were still moments I found success, and I still had a lot to be grateful for. And so was born “#MyHeartyLife” – it started as a linky, but soon just became my own little project. Whilst I haven’t been successful at doing it every week, I have done it most weeks and for that I am thankful. It has been great this year to take time to think of the good.

And so, as 2018 comes to a close, so does my little gratitude project. I have learnt a lot from focussing on these things and I am grateful for the weekly reminder of capturing the hearty moments in life.

This week and last have been both super busy and really great too. We had Naths birthday on the 21st and then a lovely meal out together the following evening – it was rather low key but lovely. From then on it was full steam ahead into a lovely Christmas. Now as we prepare for new years tomorrow, I am somewhat in that realm where you have completely forgotten what day of the week it is! We have had a lovely Christmas week with family and I hope you and your families have too.

Grateful For 

Yesterday we enjoyed a day out in Hull. We went to the theatre and then a spot of shopping – I was in a pretty bad mood for the most of the day, but I am grateful nonetheless for the time we could spend doing something special together. I am also grateful for the lovely Christmas we had and all of the lovely gifts we have received from family and neighbours. We have enjoyed our usual traditions with family, some little parties with friends and a few lovely walks in there too.

I am truly thankful for such a lovely time together.

Succeeded At

Back in October our prophet set a challenge to the women of the church to read the Book of Mormon (a book of scripture we have) by the end of the year (531 pages). I started off really well, but got way behind on my schedule. These last 2 weeks however I have been reading at every opportunity I could find and as such am over the moon to say I did it!!! I successfully read it and finished this morning and I feel so good about that! I have read it a lot growing up as an LDS member, but have learnt a lot this time round too.

I also succeeded at peeling and chopping 55 carrots for the village Christmas meal, giving the fam a great Christmas, sewing a dress for my niece and making a car mat for another, and finally getting by on very little sleep! Totally ending the year feeling like a winner ha!

Found Beauty In 

There are so many things at Christmas time that bring Joy and beauty – the children and their excitement, their belief in the magic and their cheers and squeals over the perfect gift! The laughter and games with cousins and moments shared with loved ones – I have loved and cherished each of these moments and seen beauty in each one.

Friday was another day filled with beauty when we had our “fake christmas” with my family. As per tradition we met beforehand for a walk and it was so lovely to scramble through the woods in wellies in the late afternoon sun, and see such lovely scenes in nature.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year and thank you so much for your support in following and reading my blog this year.

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