Friday, January 1, 2010

My Hopes for 2010

i LOVE beginning the New Year!!! There is just something so refreshing about having a fresh, new start...a "do-over" you might say, each year. No matter how the previous year treated you, you always get another chance to make the next one better : ) I have many areas in my life that I need to improve on this year, but I have narrowed it down to 5 specifics I am going to focus on for 2010. My goals for 2010 are the following:

1. Develop a deeper, closer and more intimate relationship with God. He has blessed me in every aspect of my life and I owe it to Him to give my time and love back to Him. He MUST become my FIRST priority!

2. Be a better wife. It's not that I think I am a bad wife now, ha! But Mikey is such a wonderful husband and he deserves everything I have to give to him. I pray that I can be the wife the Lord wants me to be.

3. Give more to others. This includes money, my time, gifts, etc. Sadly, I have never really focused on this area much in my life, but now is the time to start! I hope to find some sort of childrens' organization in our area to work with : )

4. Save money. We are working on becoming debt free so we can give to God and others freely! I can't wait for those days!!!! : ) But until then, I just keep asking the Lord to give us the determination and discipline we need to reach this goal.

5. I want to learn how to use my camera!!!! We bought a GREAT camera about this time last year, but don't really know how to get the most out of it. I bought a book specific to our camera and hope to become a pro with it by the end of this new year : )

I think I have set some exciting goals to work toward this new year! I hope I can live up to them ALL! I am SO EXCITED to see what 2010 has planned for us!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reflecting on 2009

WOW! Where has this year gone!? 2009 has been one crazy year for the Coop's! I am thankful for SO SO SO many things this year!

1. My AMAZING husband! - Our marriage continues to grow stronger everyday! The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful, loving man who I know will always take care of me. I feel like I can never thank God enough for my Mikey!

2. My Daddy making it through his heart surgery and recovering! - Anyone who knows me knows that my Daddy is one of THE MOST IMPORTANT people in my life! That man is my everything and I could NEVER imagine my life without him! I have never been SO terrified in my life when he had to have a triple bypass in June, but I am SO VERY VERY VERY THANKFUL to the AWESOME Lord above for protecting him before and during the surgery and then giving him the strength to fully recover after!!!! and very quickly might I add : ) That is also something I could never thank the Lord enough for!

3. Our New House! - God has also blessed us by giving us the means to become homeowners this year! I really wasn't all that excited about it until after, but now I am LOVING it and SO very blessed to have this opportunity!

4. Our Family! - Of course I am so very thankful for all of our family on both sides! I thank the Lord everyday that Timbo was brought back to us safely after spending a year in Afghanistan and we were SO very blessed to have our precious baby Carter join the family this year : ) We have a precious family all the way around and have no clue what I would do without each and every member!

These are just a few great things from 2009! Thank you Lord for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in my life! I am SO looking forward to what 2010 will bring!

Just a few pics to commemorate 2009...


Jamaica: June 2009


Jamaica again


Buddy Walk: October 2009


Carter's Crew!


Our Family Expansion: Charlie, October 2009