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Well said girly! Love your resolution and Josh's made me teary! Such a good variety! I think we should all start squeezing our kids until they're purple!:)


With the exception of being years apart in age, I'm pretty sure we're the same person. :) My mind never slows down...and on a different level I've wished before that I would legitimately get sick so I could take a day off and not feel guilty. Thank you for sharing both yours and Josh's resolutions, I may alter some to make them my own. And FYI...that saying you posted the other day in your Triathlon's now sitting at my desk on a sticky not staring at me daily. God Bless!

young nanny

Dear Karen, love that you share your walk with God. It's inspiring and ... well ... just lovely. Makes me smile and my heart swell. God is so good.

Leslie @ {Tiny Wings}

I wonder how many of us "mom-type-people" could say that about ourselves -- that our brains never slow down, and the guilt is non-stop. I know that I am one of those people. I absolutely LOVE your single resolution (and Josh's more lengthy list!) Karen, I've admired you from scrapbooking days . . . through photography . . . and now through FAITH. You're a constant inspiration to me!!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

I loved this post Karen - it's a journey, right? Your resolution is true to you and heartfelt. And Josh's are pretty special too - love 2 and 3 the best!

Julie Long

Karen....seriously, God is using you in a BIG way. And it's so cool. I love, love, love that verse and it hit me the way it did you last year and remains to be a key verse to me. Your post made me all teary and then I literally laughed out loud when I read Josh's resolution #7. =) Thanks for sharing and we are praying for Josh & all the guys! Thanks for sacrificing for us Josh Downs! :)


Thank you so much for sharing!! Seriously, isn't that what we all need to do.... Be still and know He is God. Thank you, thank you!!

Juli P

I absolutely love reading your posts! Thanks for sharing.
I generally never make resolutions, as I feel I'm just setting myself for self inflicted failure.....but this year, I made a resolution to stop using the F-word. I don't consider myself a potty mouth, but that word; that one single word. It's going to be a work in progress for the next 362 days!
I've been meaning to ask, because I dont' remember reading, when do you expect to have Josh home? how long were his deployment orders? sorry to be nosey, just hoping he gets home soon and safely!


Wonderful! Made me cry and remember my "be still" moment ( Thank you for sharing!!!!


Beautiful post Karen. Wonderful resolution, something I need to work on. Always a pleasure to come to your site.

Jen S

Amen sister! Love it!


Karen, we've never met, but I include your family in my prayers regularly. Thank you for this post. It really hit home with me. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.


I am placing the 'blame' on you! I was printing, yes, printing all 180 pages of the wonderful instalment of Making the Shot when I ran out of ink about 3/4 of the way through. I realized the photos were messed up because of this. So I did some research and made an executive decision to buy a Kobo e-reader. Now I will put all my book on there and not feel the need to print every darn thing.
I love seeing the photos Josh sends. Makes me thankful, once again for what I have.


Karen thanks so much...for sharing it all. You always inspire me. Josh Downs...thanks for sharing your pictures, thanks for all your sacrifices and thanks for sharing your made my heart smile.


I LOVE that your new years resolution was a Bible verse because mine was too!! Mine is: "Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved" Proverbs 16:3 Instead of spending the year mapping out my own goals, Im letting God map them for me:)

Man I feel like we are so on the same frame of mind here! Love it!

And thank you for sharing the pictures of Josh, they really are an eye opener for so many of us who do not have anyone in the military. Thank you JOSH!!!


The whole post just makes me want to bawl. God does have the big picture...and He does know what's best for us. I can't tell you how many times I thought I knew better and tried to jump over His road blocks only to regret it later. Thank you, Lord for forgiving us when we're turds....

I love both your resolutions...mine is to get to church more often instead of watching it on tv.

I needed to hear this today, Nellie.

And I want to also bawl because Josh Downs has to sleep on a cot with a sleeping bag. Will you please go out and buy a Tempurpedic mattress for yourselves so he has a wonderful bed to come home to? lol.

Waaaaaaaah!!! ;)


Goose bumps!

amy miller

thank you so so much for being able to write what I have been feeling this past month or so. Struggling with wanting to better myself, yet knowing we are in this "desert" time of our lives for God's purpose, not for mine.- you nailed it exactly as to what God is asking of me right now! On an encouraging note, I just started reading "One thousand gifts" by Ann Vos Camp- just a lovely Christian mom trying to get it all right and teaching me how to praise God daily for exactly what I have been given, not wishing for it to be any other way. I know you might get a lot of wacky recommendations, but she isnot preaching any kind of religion, just a daily walk with God- so I hope you feel safe checking it out! thank you so much for this post!


That has to be my absolute favorite verse. I saw it on a plaque...Be Still and know that I AM. My mind is always going and sometimes I just need to "be still" and rest in Him. Thank you for sharing and thank you Josh for sharing your pictures and New Year's resolutions. Stay strong! God Bless you both.


Our God is an awesome God isn't He?


What an awesome list - thanks for sharing and his pictures! Happy new year!

Michelle Voelker

Everything else I wanted to say has been said, so I will say this: You do NOT have sausage legs. You may think you do, but you do not. Amen.




I love that you are proudly sharing your walk of faith through your blog! That's a great resolution too - I'm the assistant to the youth pastor at our church, and at our last mentor's meeting with the volunteers who help with the youth group, we talked about that verse from Psalm 46. An interesting thought that was mentioned is that "you can do many things while being still, but you can't fully know that God is God if you aren't still." And another translation for being still is to "cease striving." God bless!


Really like your 'be still' resolution. Also wanted to say thank you so much for the making the shot free issue - what a brilliant (but time consuming for you) idea, I'm so enjoying reading through each page. As always, hope you're going ok.

Marilyn Johnson

Another beautiful post. And WOW, I love Josh's resolutions. Simple, to the point, and yet very powerful. You do have a great guy. I pray he stays safe and it reunited with all of you soon! Take care Karen!

Julie McD

Love you, Karen! And, "Be" is my word of the year with the resolutions/goal attached to it and really grabbing hold of faith and sticking to it is something I've been working on the past couple of years...very similar to you in that my mind never stops. When I turned 40, 2 years ago, it all clicked and I let Him take control. I can't tell you how much better it works for me. Trust me, I totally understand where and how you are! Hugs & Happy New Year!


I am reading this post a day too late but today is the day that I needed hear that 'Be Still and know that He is God'... Thank you for sharing your honest self :-)


love your posts Karen!! one of my favorite verses too!! prayin for you guys!! many blessings!! happy new year!! smooch!!


Hey Karen! Your post really resonated with me the whole day - I'm just the same when it comes to relaxing or letting go. It's just so very difficult. Even though I don't have the same faith you do, I really hope that we can maybe make adjustments this year and get along more easily. All the best for you and your family!

teresa b

Such a sweet post!! I wish I knew how?? <3

t emmons

did i ever tell you that j and i met on not a flight, but i did fly 4500 miles to meet him in person. It's always good to know in your heart, and keep it there, that He has a plan. I'm so glad that your plan is what it is because you believe in what He is!

continue to be blessed!



Ellen Patton

Thanks for sharing your resolutions. You guys are like rock stars.


I share the same mind-never-sleeps non-stop-guilt/worry/thinking crap. My sympathies. Running is a good way to interrupt all that thinking with a very loud "Ouch!" and "Oh, for the love--my legs are going to fall off."
I like the decision to not regret one day--a big one from Regret City, over here, but valiant. I'm going to borrow it. Thank you, Mr. Downs.


I don't often leave a comment, but I do come by to read your blog often....cause I love it that you are so damn honest!!! You make me laugh and cry with your honesty. Happy 2012 to you and your family. xx

Kim S.

Last month when I was fraught with worry, my dear friend sent me that exact scripture verse. I've been making a concious effort each day since to "be still" and know that He has a plan.
I love, love, love Josh's resolutions! :-) God're so lucky to have each other.


I thought I was the only one who can't settle down. Even sitting still my brain feels like what it must be like in Rainman's head. Sometimes I wonder if there is something wrong with me. I can be still physically but it's so hard to turn that in-my-head part off. Good luck with your resolution, maybe I'll try it from Va too! Happy New Year!!


You are so wise.


You (and Josh) are in my prayers!


Karen, Thank you so much for sharing. I often am inspired by your words and really feel a sense of closeness with you- mostly because you write about things that I usually am feeling too. Your posts always evoke some kind of emotion whether smiles, laughs or tears. I love reading about you and your family and have been for years. I thank God that He has blessed me with you in my life.

tara pollard pakosta

I know what it's like to be YOu, mind racing ALL THE TIME.
cannot sleep well, it's so hard to have a brain like this.
the bad thing is my 12 year old is the same way, I passed it ON>
love his resolutions!

Alaina Bennett

You don't know me...but I feel so connected to you through your blog. I just wanted to say, you humble me! You are such an amazing mom and wife. The way you and Josh Downs love each other and your children....leaves me speechless. Makes me want to do better with my own. Thanks for the way you show that.

By the way....your Be Still resolution. I love the way that passage of scripture reads in the Message translation (my hubby got me a new Bible for Christmas that is NIV and the Message side-by-side). Psalm 46:10 - "Step out of the traffic! Take a long loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything". I am like you - my head never stops! I have so much traffic running through my head....but if I focus on my loving God,the traffic is a little quieter.

Blessings on you and your family while you're apart. And thanks for sharing you with me!


I love your statement of knowing God can settle your was the topic of my devotional today in "Jesus Calling" and the verse was Romans 8:6
It is my prayer as well.
Thank you for sharing Karen!

Kim Hill

Amazing. Simply amazing....


Isn't it a wonderful relief knowing HE is in charge, not us?? I find that remembering that helps me to breathe a bit easier. :)

Amy Emery

I swear, except I don't swear :) , your blog is the only one I comment on. Ever. It just resonates with me. My word for 2012 is "light" from Matthew. "you are the light of the world" I want to focus on shining for God in the daily. But oh, I could use, "be still". "be still and know that I am God" I know it, but sometimes my head doesn't! Would love to know where your engraved jewelry is from...been trying to find a stamped bracelet for my word, so I can see it daily. Lifting your family and Josh in prayer.


Another wonderful love story to God and Josh. Love these posts (just like a prevous post you made that so wonderfuly articulated and inter-related your love for both).

The way Josh worded the second one cracked me up. The seventh one on Josh's list - I have that problem - ha. Been purging it pretty good over the last six months - but I do have a major relaps now and again.

Cathy M~

this is awesome! really love all that is in this post! hugs, cathy


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I don't often leave a comment, but I do come by to read your blog often....cause I love it that you are so damn honest!!! You make me laugh and cry with your honesty. Happy 2012 to you and your family. xx

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