Friday, December 30, 2016

The Last Friday {Favorites} of 2016

Long time, no blog! I hadn't planned on taking this much time off but can I just say it felt so good to enjoy the holiday without working on new blog posts each day? I would recommend it to every blogger. Unplug, take a break and enjoy some down time. Heck, I would suggest it to anyone this time of year. But to wrap up a few things before the new year, I have a handful of Friday favorites I want to share with you before signing off again for the end of 2016, beginning of 2017.


Starting next Wednesday myself and 7 other bloggers are kicking off a new book themed series titled What We're Reading Wednesday. As many of you know I'm a huge bookworm and my love of reading is beginning to rub off onto Connor. #momwin One thing I love doing is talking books with those who love to read as well. This once a month link-up allows others to share what they've been reading, what books they've been reading to or with their children, what books their spouses have been enjoying and so on. Books, online articles, blog posts all count as a What We're Reading item so be sure to join us and share what you've been reading so others can discover something new to add to their reading list.


I think this photos sums up our Christmas perfectly. This was the moment Connor realized he was gifted his very own Slinky. I've never seen him so excited! And over a Slinky at that! Christmas came and went far too quickly but along the way I realized that making memories with my guys and with Christ is far more important and precious than any gift under the tree. That's not to say I don't love and appreciate each gift given to me but I truly understand the true reason for the season.


With the new year fast approaching (you know just 2 days away!?) I've been thinking about what I want to do more of in 2017. One thing I've been working on this year, which will always be a work in progress, is my relationship with Jesus Christ and my knowledge of the Bible. To help me learn and grow, I will be working through The Story: 365 Devotions*. This devotional is a quick and simple way to start my day in the Word and in a more positive light. My hope is to turn to this book and scripture before turning to my phone and Facebook/Instagram/email.


I wanted to share with you my top 5 most loved posts of 2016. While I am not a big numbers blogger, I do love seeing my writing being appreciated and read by so many. My number one most read post had over 14,000 visits. That's huge for a Mommy blogger like me (and I wear the Mommy blogger title proudly; no shame in my Mom game!). I'm not a big name blogger and my reach only goes so far so to see a post that I wrote about the struggles of motherhood and how I find comfort within my faith get so much attention, I am truly in awe.

Many think resolutions and goal setting this time of year is cliche but I think the start of a new year is the perfect chance to take a look at your current comfort zone and see the ways you can push yourself out of it in the new year. I plan to share with you the goals for our family next week but one thing I'll share this morning is this: next year our family is going to do BIG THINGS. 2017 is going to be the year Casa de Cox takes control and conquers a few areas of our life that we've been slacking in. What goals and achievements are you hoping to conquer in 2017?

I wish you a happy end to 2016 and I'll be back on Tuesday to recap my December by the numbers along with additional posts for the first week of January 2017.

Happy Friday, friends! 
*I received our book for free from BookLook Bloggers. However our love of reading and sharing new books with you is all our own. #bookworms unite! 

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