Beginnings

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2019 is already a month shorter and I can’t believe it! Time seems to be flying by quicker than I can manage and I’m always so shocked by how quickly it slips away. Life, as usual, has been a tad crazy but we have learned so much and I’m already excited for the changes that are coming up. 2019 is going to be a wonderful year for the Ward family!

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We began this year full of time with family and I hope the rest of the year will be no different. I feel like just within the past  2 months I’ve heard story after story of families being separated by tragedy and loved ones lost. It makes me want to hug my loved ones a little tighter and remind myself just how fragile life is.

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This year, I hope for a couple things. I hope to be present. Whether it be in conversation with my coworkers, family or with Trent, I want to be present and involved. There is so much distraction in this world and I want others to make sure they feel listened to and loved when they are around me.

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Second, I hope to choose what’s best for me. This may sound odd, but I have a tendency to put all others feelings and wants before whats best for me and my family. This has often led to unnecessary feelings of guilt and mixed up priorities. This year, I hope to make decisions based on what I feel is best for me and my little family unit.

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Lastly, I hope to be sharer of light and goodness. This little space has been so fun for me to put my thoughts and feelings down. I hope to continue to be a reminder that there is goodness and light in the world.

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May your year be full of wonderful beginnings and hope fulfilled.

Thanksgiving in Junction

Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. It’s always been a holiday full of time with family and a break before the chaos of the Holiday season really hits. I’ve always loved it and this year was no exception.

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Thanksgiving Day was spent with Trent. Holidays aren’t always the easiest when you’re trying to figure out how to share families and figure out new traditions. We’ve learned lots over these past couple years and I’m always so grateful for how gracious and loving Trent is. I love building new traditions with him each year.

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The day after Thanksgiving we took off to Junction Utah with my mom’s side of the family for a little weekend away. Junction is quite the tiny town and it was so refreshing to be off the grid and connecting with one another. We arrived on Friday afternoon and spent the day playing games and walking around the town. On one of our walks we were followed by a darling dog who we quickly grew to love. She had about 10 different names by the time we left and if I didn’t live in an apartment that had a no dog policy, she would definitely be ours.

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Lucky for us, Junction is about an hour away from Bryce Canyon National Park! I’ve never been to Bryce and it was absolutely incredible. The red rocks and amazing formations blew me away. I’ve lived in Utah my entire life and have never gotten out here. There are so many unique National Parks in Utah and I want to do a better job of getting out and seeing all of them.

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After Bryce, we went back to Junction for an delicious Thanksgiving feast and then began our journey home. It was a much needed weekend and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such incredible people. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others but it’s important to remember how blessed and lucky we are.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Childress, TX

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2,000 Miles later Trent and I made it home from a thrilling Thanksgiving vacation. It’s tradition in Trent’s family to head on over to Childress, a small little town in northern Texas, for Thanksgiving and through the 5 plus years that I’ve known Trent I’ve heard so much about this place I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. We were both so giddy driving into town it was hilarious. Childress has a rugged sort of beauty and we loved trying to capture as many moments as we could.

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From the moment we got there, it was nonstop fun. We loved staying with family and it was my favorite to hear all the nieces and nephews whispering outside our bedroom door in the morning, they are a constant source of entertainment. We also got to meet the two new babies! (Twins are on their way in December making it a grand total of four new grandbabies in under four months on Trent’s side of the family. Whew!) We hunted, explored, swam, shot all sorts of guns and played until we couldn’t go any longer and then Trent and I began the long drive home after some delicious Texas BBQ.

WE. LOVE. TEXAS.

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We love our cute nieces and nephews! (Many are not pictured)

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I don’t know why I love this picture so much but I do.

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Camo for days…

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Texas sunsets are unreal.

It was a truly wonderful Thanksgiving as we remembered the important things in life and spent time with family.

Trent had quite the Thanksgiving morning when some stray bullets hit him in the face. He handled it much better than I would have and we are all grateful that nothing hit him in the eyes. A definite miracle.

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We had to document the battle wounds.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Now on to the Christmas festivities!