2016. A Year at a Glance.

2016. Another year has passed. Its crazy to think that December 31, 2008 was 8 years ago. So in reflecting on this past year I have decided to write about my highlights, losses, and favorite moments… all through pictures. 

Spring Break: I went on a mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley and got to work with refugees ( not pictured). Even though there was a slight language barrier, I still made a connection with a very special family. God’s work here is crazy.


March 24: I tried out, and made, my high school’s varsity drill team. Such a surreal moment, something I had dreamed of since 6th grade. Hard work really does payoff.


Summer Trip: Colorado was unreal. The views were breathtaking. I was so happy to be accompanied by my sweet family and get to spend a few days with them in God’s beauty.


August 26: My 15th birthday and also my very first football game on drill team. I will forever cherish this day and all my sweet friends who have stuck with me! 


August 27: Ate the best donut in Dallas. Hands down great day.


Homecoming: Enough said. 


Arboretum: Such a fun time with my DG. I love being with them and spending time in God’s word together. Y’all rock!


Halloween: My friend and I carved these bomb pumkins, real proud moment.


I forgot to take pictures at Thanksgiving and Christmas. ūüė¶

Zoo ( December 26): I saw a baby elephant and touched a snake, overall 10/10 solid trip!


These are some of my most memorable times in 2016 but I did have some losses as well. I hurt my hamstring ( for the third time that year) and missed out some on football season. I also had my handful of break downs. But, this year I tried to look at the glass half full. I am grateful for all the moments, good and bad because I can learn from both. So long 2016, and helllooo 2017! It’s going to be the best yet. 

Holiday Report

Technically speaking, we have one day of December left, better yet-2016. Thus, I have decided to do my monthly/seasonal favorites now! This holiday season went by very quickly. I didn’t get out of school until the 21st of December, so that may be a contributor to my problem. But regardless, it was such a lovely season and reflection and rest. I am enjoying taking a break from my chaotic schedule and getting to relax a bit. Anyways, let us get on with it…

Currently this December:

Reading: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn- this is such an excellent read that really shows you the inside of human trafficking and women oppression worldwide and how simple education and encouragement can fix it.

Watching:

Live TV Timeless, This is Us, Speechless

Netflix & etc.- Call the Midwife, Bones, Downton Abbey

(I am watching way to many shows right now, oops.)

Cooking: I recently made these super tasty Linzer Cookies for Christmas Eve and they were a hit. Recipe in link.

Eating: I have recently discovered the magic of ¬†banana “ice cream”, has the consistency of frozen yogurt but healthier!


My recipe: 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • frozen yogurt (optional)
  • milk taste or consistency ( I use Coconut/Almond milk)
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender and occasionally add more milk depending on how you want it to taste or feel.
  2. Serve in bowl and garnish with toppings!

Loving: I am in love with¬†White Barn‘s¬†Winter¬†candle, sold at¬†Bath & Body Works.¬†It smells like what a Texan would expect winter to smell like somewhere where it actually gets below 40 on a daily basis. (Sadly, our Texas winter has been as cold as 17 degrees and as warm as 78. TEXAS MAKE UP YOUR MIND!)

img_0956img_0984Dreaming: Not quite sure if this is supposed to be meant in a literal sense or more of a future sense, but whatever. I am dreaming of 2017 summer. I am going to Munich this summer on a mission trip, I am super excited, so please keep that in your prayers. However, there is one thing that I have been dreaming about for a while now- Hamilton tickets. I can see myself buying the Hamilton Chicago tickets and booking flights because ladies and gents I am going make this dream come true! Some how I will come up with the money, I just need a game plan.

Feeling: Ooh, this is a hard one; I have had such a variety of feelings lately. My family and I have recently been hit with major change. I  initially handled it better, I felt a lot of guilt & weariness but also happiness & gratefulness . I was drained and a little out of sorts, it was all so new. Now, I just have frustration and unsureness but I also have moments of love & joy. I am not quite sure what I think about the situation but all I know is that God gave us this because he knew we could do it and I have to trust in him. God has given me more joy, mercy, and grace through this than I usually have, which is such a blessing. Overall, I am unsure but I do know that he is preparing me for something further down the road and that I must trust him.

Listening: Same old, same old. I am still jammin’ out to¬†Hamilton¬†and Regina Spektor.

Celebrating: Well, this month I am celebrating rest and time with family. Like I stated previously, there has been a change in the Henry household, so I now cherish any moment of mother-daughter and father-daughter time I can attain. I also celebrate this new change and the joy it has brought to a certain little person, I celebrate that he is safe. I am also celebrating the birth of our Savior and the fact that he stooped so low, gave up all power, to become a vulnerable little baby. Pretty crazy that he loves us that much.

Going: Unfortunately, I am not going anywhere this December. ūüė¶

Doing: Well, since I now have back the 9 hours I spend at school I have had plenty of free time. I tend to spend time with friends, watch movies/TV, go to fun places, shop, and overall just make the most of my break.

Well, that’s it for my December favorites. I will be posting probably agin in the next few days to reminisce on 2016, but until then Happy New Years!

 

Thanks for…

Lord, thanks for sacrificing your Son so that I may be with you and for loving me unconditionally and always accepting me into your family.

Jesus, thanks for renewing my soul through your death, providing for me, and comforting me in times of joy and doubt.

Mom, thanks for carrying me for 9 mo., constantly putting up with my bad singing, loving me, and showing me how to be a God-fearing woman.

Dad, thanks for staying calm when I drive, always taking me out to go somewhere special, jamming with me, and always giving me good advice.

Sister, thanks for putting up with my sassy attitudes, bad jokes, and non-stop singing of Hamilton .

Friends, thanks for always making me laugh, cheering me up, spending time with me, singing with me, and allowing me to be myself.

DG leader, thanks for pouring into us, loving on us, and always being there for us.

Teachers, thank you for choosing to help me learn and for giving me and education, which is a privilege that many girls do not get.

I am thankful that I get to live in a free country.

I am thankful that my family & I are healthy.

I am thankful for a family that loves me.

I am thankful for an education.

I am thankful for friends that would do anything for me.

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I am thankful for a God who loves me more than I will ever know. A God who took his perfect Son’s life so he could have mine. A God who defeated Satan’s wrath and has saved me. A God who created me and knew me before I was even conceived. A God who is real, yet in my time of doubt still pursues me. A God who is merciful, loving, and indescribable. A God who loves me for me.