Growing into 2019
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Growing into 2019

Here comes 2019! 2019 is going to be a year filled with anticipation and hope. Hope of how we’ll continue to grow during the good and the bad times, and for all the adventures ahead. However, 2018 was a year of growth for me and my family. Each area of growth has led us to hope for the good each day.

We grew spiritually.

Being a part of BSF each year, studying Romans and listening to Alisa Childers podcast has led to incredible growth. The amount of direction and pruning has been overwhelming, but also welcoming. We also took time to really invest in what the kids are learning spiritually. We want the kids learning about all aspects of themselves – spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental.

We grew as a family.

We had a big transition this year with my husbands job. He received a promotion which meant he has been home more (only 2-3 days of travel vs. a whole week). Mike’s travel schedule hasn’t shifted our family dynamics as much. It’s been so fun having him home for playtime, bedtime routines, and being a part of the dinner table.

We grew physically.

The amount of physical change which has taken place has been undeniable. I survived cancer, have rehabbed a torn bicep tendon and have worked on overcoming cancer side effects. We’ve also worked on helping the kids’ allergies, changing our diets, and learning how to potty train. Potty training has been our nemesis, but visiting the PEEP clinic has been life-changing for us.

We grew in our endeavors.

Mike took on new hobbies like mountain biking and backpacking. God grew me in a completely different way by pushing my comfort zone. I attended the She Speaks conference, submitted and wrote a book proposal, became a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, and continue to work through next steps of writing and speaking. My book is being translated into Arabic in 2019 and we’re excited to see where that road will lead us.

We’ve set new 2019 goals.

Something I work towards is setting goals each year. Sometimes we hit them, sometimes we don’t. Then we re-evaluate the goal to see if it’s appropriate for us. Is it something we want for our family? For us, 2019 is about travel and creating more memories. We finally decided to take some trips, figure out next steps for our careers, and continue to work on our marriage. Our marriage has been on the back burner for the last few years with little kids, and we’re hoping to make it better and grow into something we cherish.

What are your 2019 goals? They don’t have to be anything elaborate, but can be stepping stones to exciting life adventures. Sit down and think about what you hope to do this year. Dreaming is always free. As Mother Teresa said, ‘We only have today. So let’s begin.’


Heather V Shore is a wife, mother and domestic violence survivor. Check out her site for book updates and more!

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