Last year, we embraced 2017 as a family, so when searching for a word in 2018, we had a hard time with the word.

For the past few weeks, my husband and I have talked about how blessed we’ve been during 2017.  There have been tough conversations with our kids about how grateful we need to be for everything we have. (Us too!)

And just like a slap in the face…commercial and all… my husband and I knew.

Give. Such a little word with BIG meaning.

Give. To present voluntarily and without expecting compensation.

Give. bestow. deliver. dish out. donate. gift. grant. hand out. provide. will.


First and most important in 2018 is to give our timeTime to those who need it, deserve it and ask for it.  Over Christmas break, we had more time to give to our family and did just that with the laptop even being dead when I went back to work!  Talk about time and memories made.  It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give someone!  To give time throughout 2018 to our friends and family will be a top priority for us.

As we begin the new year, we want to take opportunities to give back to others in our community who need us.  It may just be a little bit of our time but it will be well worth it to teach our kids to be grateful for how blessed they truly are.

As for myself and those I work with on a daily basis, I want to give more appreciation and thanks for everything they do for our kids at school.   As the lead learner, I want to be aware of how much I give to teachers to do since their plates are so full already.  I want to give opportunities to let our kids shine and share their story with the world.

With so much going on in our world today, to give love is at the TOP of the list.  A new sign hangs in my office that I couldn’t pass up on my vacation. It simply reads, “Everybody deserves somebody who makes them look forward to tomorrow.”  This year I want to give love unconditionally to each kid I have the opportunity to build relationships with, each staff member of our family, my kids, friends, and my husband.

So, I give this question to you…What will you give in 2018?




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