The Word of the Year 2017

When I look back on 2017 as it comes to a close, I’m amazed at how divided my attitude towards the year has been. On the one hand, I started off the year in a completely different state, away from friends & family, in a job that was grueling (more on that in an upcoming post). But then our little miracle happened. And it seemed that after that, everything started falling into place.

I know there have been some major horrors that occurred this year around the world (Harvey, Mexico, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico to name a few…) but for my family and I, personally, it has been the best year of our lives.

For starters, we found out we were pregnant with our first, a baby girl. And although as a doctor I was constantly fretting over all the things that could go wrong in a pregnancy, I was so blessed and so fortunate to have everything go smoothly.

Shortly after we found out we were pregnant, we started our house hunt. More in an upcoming post how grueling and heartbreaking that was. But then – our dream house fell into our laps. It was a miracle, truly – the story of how we came to get our house is one for the ages, and definitely not a coincidence.

After our arrival to Houston by way of North Carolina, we moved into our house and then Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. By some small miracle, the area we had moved to didn’t flood more than about a foot, and our house has a bit of elevation on the land, so we were spared from any flooding. We did have minor roof leaks that required repairs, but almost every house did. We were so fortunate, once again.

A couple of months after that, Harper Lee was born. I will delve into my labor and delivery story in a future video, but suffice it to say: it wasn’t anything I had expected, even as a first time mom and despite my experience as an anesthesiologist who spends about 40% of her practice around laboring moms. It was so much better than I could have imagined!

Since that moment, Harper has taken over our lives and made us at least 200% happier than we ever were before. Although we are sleepless, and I’m in my nightclothes more often than not, she has filled up a piece of our hearts we didn’t know was missing.

As we went around the table on Christmas Day having dinner with HB’s family, we talked about the year for each of us and what we were thankful for. I teared up as HB, seated on my right, talked about everything I’ve written here now. I wasn’t one to overuse the word blessed before, as I found it a bit cringe and a little self-promoting. But I can’t help but select it as the defining word of 2017 for us–because in recognizing how truly lucky we are, we are better able to appreciate the design of the universe and what God has in store for us.

I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

I’m betting it’s a whole bunch of smiles.

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  • Marnie Goldberg

    Why don’t blog posts have a “thumbs up” button?! This was so lovely-and left me wanting to hear more-more about North Carolina, more about the house hunt, more about your labor story-just more!! Happy New Year, my dear friend!

  • This made me tear up! Great writing. I cant wait to watch the labor and delivery blog. Happy New Year!

  • Bethsaida Davilma

    This was so wonderful to read !! You’re my absolute favorite youtuber and to see your family grow like this is just amazing!! I cannot wait to see whats new in 2018! Happy New Year Dr. Braly

  • Liz

    Kristina, this was so beautifully written! Thank you for share this and parts of your life with us! You have been such an inspiration for me and it wasn’t until I was telling my best friend about your channel that I realized why your vlogs and channel is my favorite! I described you as a youtuber that is not only beautiful, has incredible taste and an amazing purse collection, but more importantly you are an example of a strong woman who is not afraid to show that you can love purses and makeup and also have an education and an incredible career! You are so real and it is such a breath of fresh air. Yes you and your family has been so very blessed this year but you have also blessed all of those that you share your life with! Lots of love to you and your gorgeous family in the coming year!!💕

  • Regina Vasquez

    I also teared upresding this post. I too was truly blessed this year with th birth of my twins in May and surving Harvey unscathed. I feel like we are best friends and we have never met. That is a true testament to how open and natural your videos and blogs are. Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to hear more. #notificationsquad

  • Regina Vasquez

    I also teared up reading this post. I too was truly blessed this year with the birth of my twins in May and surving Harvey unscathed. I feel like we are best friends and we have never met. That is a true testament to how open and natural your videos and blogs are. Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to hear more. #notificationsquad

  • Tears…and echos of the same feelings. Thank you for all the blessings you bring to all of us as well (the distractions, the entertainment, the peek into your life, the product suggestions). Joy, peace, happiness and prosperity to your little family of 3 in the New Year.

  • Mila

    I’ve loved following your adventures this year and seeing how things have grown and changed. Here’s to an even better 2018 with lots of smiles and baby cuddles!

  • BrooklynBeka

    Congratulations on all the new! Can’t wait to hear more about all of it!

  • Gai G

    Although here in Australia we lost a lot that was precious in our flood we were safe and sound. My son was sitting opposite us at the Christmas table, with his beautiful wife, and they were looking so happy and positive and the fact that his 5 year old photos, artwork etc. had gone in the flood was not so bad. We have so much to be thankful for and all the very best to the Braly family from our Norwegian/Australian family in 2018. X.

  • Isabella Vilaza

    So well written and summarized ! It brought tears to my eyes. I too was truly blessed this year with the birth of my first son (Bernardo) in February and when you wrote “she has filled up a piece of our hearts we didn’t know was missing”, you described it perfectly. Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to hear more. #notificationsquad

  • Patty Shipley

    So sweet and made me tear up. I’m a new follower and look forward to your words in 2018.

  • Sharlee Coffman-Cook

    I’m so glad that 2017 was so great for your family. Children are the best blessings! I can’t wait to hear more details about your delivery story. Happy New Year!

  • Lauren Giordano

    That was beautiful and also made me tear up! Thanks for sharing a good portion of your life with us!

  • Maryadine Washington

    This was just beautiful to read. Yes, blessed is so the word for 2017 despite it being hard year for me. Lots of ups and downs but overall blessed.