Yearly Emotions


The start of a new year can bring many different emotions. You might feel thankfulness for another year spent with loved ones, or regret over failures or ruined relationships.  Some people feel the anticipation of a new beginning.  Others are relieved to leave a season of struggle or loss behind. You might reflect and enjoy the memories of the past year, or feel sadness at time going by too quickly. Many feel determined to make self improvements or set new goals.  I fall into these all these categories in one way or another.

I am thankful to God for another year spent with family and friends. Every day is a blessing.  The beginning of a new year is a good time to stop and really enjoy your loved ones.  I also feel regret in areas that I fallen short or failed in.  I often wonder if I’m living up to my potential. But along with that comes excitement and anticipation at the thought of a new year and another chance to accomplish some of those goals. I’m always trying to be a better person and looking for ways to improve myself. I’d like to be a more patient mother, a kinder wife, a fun teacher…there are so many areas I could improve in.  I am also relieved  to leave a bitter year behind.  I lost a grandfather and an uncle in a short period, it was a very sad time.  Not only did I have my own grief to deal with, I wasn’t able to be supportive to my family because we live so far away and that added to my feelings of loss and hurt.  Along with that sorrow, I am also relieved to leave a somewhat stressful first semester of school behind us. But despite the sadness of the year, we have many good memories to look back on, too, including our first family camping trip and several visits from relatives and friends.   I enjoy watching as my children reach new milestones every year, well every day for that matter. Watching them grow is such a miracle to see, which brings me to feeling heavy-hearted about time passing too quickly.  Is it really 2015 already? What happened to my babies? They have been replaced by half grown children in the blink of an eye. And lastly, I feel determined to make new goals, or at least continue to try to reach my old goals. I didn’t make any actual resolutions, but I will continue on with  trying to be the best version of me that I can be as I start 2015 with many different emotions.

Happy New Year!

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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