A Brief Year of Blogging in Review

I am taking about a week and a half off from my blog, to get some posts banked and to plan my 2017 “Year of Blogging.”  In the interim, check out some of my favorite posts from 2016, and let me know what you’d like to see me blog about this next year – I am always open to suggestions and new ideas, and when feasible, will tackle almost any topic!

You can let me know what you’d like to see me write about either by commenting here, or sending me a private e-mail to: beautifulcamouflagedmess (at) gmail _dot_com.  Just keep my mission statement of blogging about “My faith and its daily application, parenthood, and Army life from a wife’s perspective” in mind when you throw out ideas – if it falls under those categories, you are much more likely to get a more timely article…

I wouldn’t be blogging if it weren’t for you as my readers, and for your comments and feedback!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your encouragement, feedback, and responsiveness to my posts, beginning with Holy Week this past Lent!

Looking back on My Favorites of 2016:

She Could Be Any Of Us – in response to a murder/suicide which rocked the military community this year, I remind readers this wife and mother could have been any of us, and plea for neighbors and community to stand together and get to know one another.  A couple useful links and phone numbers to Suicide Prevention hotlines are included in this PSA.

Being Created for Just This Moment – this article really stresses the importance of acknowledging even the subtlest of God’s signs.  When we ask His direction, He provides us with an answer; it may sometimes be difficult to understand His direction, but He does provide!

 RescueBots, TMNT, & A Modern-Day Nativity Story – a modern take to the classic manger story.  Weaving in the classic characters (like, Mary, Joseph, and manger animals), and adding the newest characters (RescueBots, Donatello the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and a modern convenience of a bus), this is the story told through a 4 year old’s eyes!

Mothers’ Day & Our Lady of Sorrows – in this post, I introduce my blog readers to the 7 Sorrows of Mary, initially introduced to me in the book Our Lady of Kibeho.  I ponder how Mary never lost faith, remained steadfast in her love of God, and how her example of womanhood and faith in God is something I would love to attain.  While Catholics do not worship Mary, we definitely respect the wife, mother, and faithful Servant of God she was, and remains!

Reframing My Thoughts – this post tackles a topic so near and dear to the hearts of every working professional – turned stay at home mom.  Facing one type of success to which the working world depends so heavily, and learning to find success in the little moments of little faces, little hands, and warm hugs that is a success all of its own!

Aggravating Cuteness (Day 26) – I enjoyed writing about this one-word prompt during the 31 Day Writing Challenge in October.  E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g is questioned at the age of my son, and I am so grateful for his inquisitiveness and questioning nature.  It can be aggravating at times, but it is absolutely beautiful, and cute!


If you have been following my blog this year, chime in!  I want you to let me know – which article has been your favorite?


I’m linking this article up with Revolution of Love‘s “2016 Recap (Part 3): Top Posts from 2016”.  Head over there to see what she, and some other pretty inspirational bloggers to me, have added to their “Best of” lists!

4 thoughts on “A Brief Year of Blogging in Review

  1. Looking forward to when you come back! I’ll have to think about topic ideas, but I always love hearing your perspective coming from the military. I’d love to hear any tips you have about moving with kids!

    1. Great! Thank you for wanting to hear more about the military lifestyle. I find it difficult to write about sometimes, just because it is such a diverse subculture! But, I will work on more pieces regarding this lifestyle… and, yes, moving with kiddos… 🤔

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