Embracing 2018

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space for our celebrations.  I invite you to read other celebrations and leave some comment love for other writers.

My One Little Word came relatively easily to me this year.  Some big decisions for our family led me right to my word. 

During Thanksgiving, Keith and I sat down with our 3 grown children and told them what we were thinking.  Autumn and Destiny are part of our family.  We couldn't bear the thought of letting them live with another foster family, but we also knew it was important that our whole family was on board.  Even though our children no longer live with us, their input is valuable because our decision affects them.  I so love the honesty of my children...tears were shed...tears for what won't be, but also tears of happiness and love for what can be. 

At this point, we don't know what is next.  What we do know is that as long as we are needed to parent Autumn and Destiny, we will fill that role for them.  My heart is filled with joy, but if I am honest, I'm also a little nervous. 

And that brings me to my word...embrace.

I received this email earlier this week from DailyOm.

As we bob and weave with the ebb and flow of life our roles change, but our true self remains constant. As spiritual beings having a human experience, we go through many aspects of humanity in one lifetime. Living in the material world of opposites, labels, and classifications, we often identify ourselves by the roles we play, forgetting that these aspects shift and change throughout our lives. But when we anchor ourselves in the truth of our being, that core of spirit within us, we can choose to embrace the new roles as they come, knowing that they give us fresh perspective on life and a greater understanding of the lives of others. 

And that's what I intend to do...embrace the changes life brings me this year and take on new perspectives.  I intend to focus on living in the present and be open to new opportunities and experiences.  That's kind of hard for me, so I'm looking forward to what the future might bring.


  1. Julie, your post speaks to me in so many different ways. Being present and taking on new opportunities is so important. Thank you for the friendly reminder. Happy New Year friend. Miss our conversations.

  2. This is a word that conjures hope, love, and peace. May they all be with you this year, Julie!

  3. What a beautiful post. I wish you peace and strength as you stretch out this year.

  4. Lovely post, I often read your articles. Thank you very much for your wonderful content. I look forward to your new work.


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