2016: A Look Back!


Hi Ya’ll! So 2016 has come and gone! That seemed very fast to me. What a year we had huh?! I mean with all the amazing people who died, it was kind of a sad year. From Muhamid Ali, to Nancy Ragan and of course Carrie Fisher and Debbie Renolds. But we also lost Alan Rickman, David Bowe, Natalie Cole, Merle Haggard, Prince, Gene Wilder and many more. The sad thing though is people were lost that were our protectors. Soldiers, police officers and those in the wrong place and wrong time. It was a year where I definitely said enough is enough with the hate and violence. I will be glad to say goodbye to all that and hope and pray 2017 is a more peaceful year for the world as a whole…if that’s even possible with a new president like Donald Trump.  

At the beginning of 2016 I was very hopeful for some changes for my family. I actually thought we were leaving the state of Arizona in pursuit of some new career opportunities for my husband and possibly myself. We were on a mission to make sure we could provide for our family and at the time we thought that we had to leave AZ to do that. In March, I visited a state I’ve never been to before. We went to Colorado for  Jaydon’s spring break to check out our “possible” new stomping grounds, only no one but a few people back in AZ, and Mel and Rich knew of our plans. We didn’t want to panic people so we had to keep it under wraps until we were certain of moving. I spent the better part of 6 months filling out applications and turning in resumes for my husband on Indeed and my husband landed a handful of interviews and one place seemed promising in Boulder Colorado. In June my husband went to Colorado for an in-person interview, but it would turn out that he was more loved here than we previously thought and there was competition for his skills. The scary thing about it is that we sold our house before it even hit market and while I was pushing for Scott to just tell his work, “thank you for the many great years, but we are leaving”, something told Scott that we should stay. In a span of five days, we went from the idea of moving to Colorado, to selling our house, to then entertaining the thought of staying, but being homeless, to finding the right home here to make us stay, to then staying. That was a lot that happened in five days! 

In July we moved into our new home excited that we could stay close to our friends and family. Six months has flown by just like that! Jaydon started second grade in August at a new school and Braidy started preschool in September. It would seem that God had blessed us with the best possible situation and indeed we are blessed. But with all that went on this year, I’ve left one big thing out, my husband’s back.

In the midst of all of the changes that took place for us, my husband’s degenerative disc disease was slowly worsening over time.  He had sought out quite a few different solutions to deal with his pain that didn’t involve surgery until he really just couldn’t take it anymore. In November Scott decided he had enough of the chronic back pain and decided to see a recommended doctor in town for spinal fusions after he realized his last neuro-oblations procedure didn’t work. It was a disappointing appointment, but thankfully his follow-up appointment with the assistant to the doctor that had performed the prior procedures for pain management recognized it was time for him to see a surgeon. For the first time in a long time, I felt like Scott had some hope to live pain-free. It has been a long year for this man and I am hoping that his upcoming surgery in 2017 will finally give him the pain-free life he deserves. We know that he has a long road to recovery after his surgery and I pledge to help him in his recovery every step of the way. 

While the first part of 2017 seems like it will be difficult and daunting, we know that in the long run it will be better for him and our family as a whole when my boys can have a fun loving father back and I can have a husband who isn’t faking a smile. 

Also in 2017, this mama is taking some online classes that will give my journalism degree a little boost and this blog a boost as well. I am excited to see what 2017 holds for us, to conquer some fears, to be bolder and not so passive and to really take a risk in some areas of my life I’ve always played it safe in. While I haven’t set up any new year’s resolutions yet or even a “word”, I’ll be thinking about those things over the next few weeks. 

How was your 2016? What are your hopes for 2017 and have you set some goals or come up with a word for 2017 yet? 

About Heather Jones

I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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17 thoughts on “2016: A Look Back!

  1. That’s awesome that you stayed. I left for ten years… I wish I had stayed. But I’m here now… and happy to be here too. 😉 Good luck with your journalism degree. Happy New Year!

  2. 2016 was crazy all around for a lot of people, I think. I had surgery, a blogging slump, crazy stuff in my personal life… it was just nuts. Politically, personally and worldly, 2016 just seemed off kilter. I’m just determined to have a better outlook for 2017!

  3. I had a OK year last year, of course, hoping this year will be good! My sister had the fusion surgery and it worked out well for her.

  4. Wow, what a crazy year! I’m from Colorado. We recently picked up everything and moved to Idaho though. Here’s hoping your husband has a successful surgery and a pain-free 2017.

  5. 2016 Brought a ton of changes for me. A job I have had for many years ended when the position was no longer needed. I took that change and ran with it. I am a few months into an amazing new job. My Daughter moved away to University so that is a big change. I am looking forward to an amazing 2017.

  6. great career path, journalism! It’s nice that it’s online too! Sorry to hear about your hubby’s disease (I have a different disease, but it’s something I’ll live with for the rest of my life, so I know what it’s like to get procedure after procedure, and check ups, etc… I wish your family well!

  7. 2016 was good for us although we have bumps along the way but overall it wasn’t all that bad. My word for this year is “Reaching Out” to those love ones I have’t spoke in a long time.

  8. Our 2016 started bad with hubby’s heart attack in January, but it still was a great year especially with regards to traveling and opportunities. Happy 2017 to you!

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