New Year, Slow Start

The first post of 2018. It’s been a bit since I last shared here on the blog. I thought about simply jumping into a post all about my goals for the year, or perhaps a look back at 2017, but something else is pulling at my heartstrings instead.

Most Liked Instagram Posts of 2017

A look back at my ‘Most Liked Instagram Posts of 2017

I spent time over the break thinking about content and post topics. And although I can’t wait to get started and share more on what I’ve come up with, right now I want to pause and talk about where I am – today.

Every New Year I like to start on a go-go-go note. I find that I’m almost never as motivated or organized throughout the year as I am on January 1, so I like to take that momentum and run with it.

I had high hopes for the start of 2018 as well, but so far this week has been much slower than I had planned.

If I’m being fully transparent, I would share that in this current season I don’t feel organized, or even motivated. (<– So hard to admit!)

Right now we are waiting for our home to be finished so that we can pack and move. I have honestly been pretty patient over the last almost ten months since we sold our home, especially considering I was pregnant and/or had a newborn for 100% of that time. I am not one to love change, so I do have to give myself credit for being pretty go-with-the-flow since March.

Since I had my daughter on September 1, the time has moved so quickly. I enjoyed those slow newborn days, and then we entered into the Holiday season so I really didn’t feel that rush to get through the days or months. However, now that January is here, I definitely am starting to feel a little anxious about returning to (or finding with two babies) a sense of normalcy.

Currently we have clothes and things all over the place. Our Christmas gifts are still in boxes and bags, Jack’s toys are in every room throughout the house, and Savannah’s clothes are in one room, she sleeps in a second room, and her diapers and wipes are in a third.

Savannah James Four Months Old

Sweet, smiley and happy baby. All that matters!

I recognize that these are definitely first world problems, and are honestly uncomfortable to talk about, but I think it helps to be honest about where my head’s at right now. We are so thankful that my parents took in our family – dog hair and all – since March as we decided exactly what we wanted to do, where we wanted to do it, and then through the design and building process when it comes to our new home. We’ve had a roof over our head and warm beds to sleep in, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. Also, it’s been such a joy to see them with our kiddos, and to let them fully enjoy their role as grandparents. Although they would never admit it, I am sure they are looking forward to having their clean, neat and organized home back!

If I’m being honest, we are probably all ready for the next phase. It will be bittersweet to leaveย (my mom is truly my best girlfriend and role model and I have loved the extra time together), but I feel so ready to be an adult again and to run my own household! I miss doing our own specific grocery shopping and meal planning, I miss knowing exactly where my stuff is located, I miss having an organized closet (…organized everything), and I can’t wait to have a specific room for most play time and toys.

The moral of the post is this – I am currently in an unorganized, uncomfortable, and unknown season of life. I would love to share that I’ve welcomed 2018 with open arms, but so far it’s been more of a slight wave acknowledgement instead.

Tim and Jana - Marriage

A rare date night away from the kiddos before the end of 2017.

I’ll be back to sharing regular content shortly, but today I simply wanted to share where I’m at. As always, thank you to all of you who continue to follow my blog and my story all these years later. Through the good and bad, easy and trying, your consistent readership and support means the world! And to all of you who are new – welcome and I hope you’ll stay awhile and see where my journey leads me next. Whatever season you find yourself in today, you are always welcome to live it out right here.


  1. I love honest posts and this is no different. I am just like you and as much as I would love to live with my parents, I would be ready to have our own family house after that long! I didn’t realize it had been that long. I love visiting my parents and have spent a few weekends over there, but it’s always nice to come back home and have my stuff where I put it. I’m excited for your next chapter in life!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Yes and yes! I am so happy and thankful to have spent so much time with my mom and dad. There is something always so comforting about being in your childhood home. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are definitely ready to feel independent again though, and to get a regular routine back!

  2. I love that you’re embracing this crazy, messy time. It’s all going to be worth it though once you move into the house of your dreams! I would love to build one day, but until then I’ll be upgrading our current house and picking up piles of toys haha! I think the most important thing is that you’re being an amazing mom to Jack and Sav and clearly they’re both happy and thriving ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Yes! I keep reminding myself that there is light at the end of the tunnel! And thank you friend, I am doing my best to remember what’s important right now and that is always my babies. A new and clean house can come and go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I can’t wait to see the new home when you’re all moved in. Take all the time you need..you’re going through so much change!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you Heather! I am excited to see it to, lol! And yes – so, so much change! It is hard to find that balance of knowing that I need to invest in myself and my family right now, while also wanting to create and publish good content!

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