Jacquelynne Steves

Don’t Forget to Count Your Blessings….

It’s time to look forward to a new year, and reflect back on the year just passed… I find that some years, I fondly look back at the previous year, and some years, I can’t wait for a new year and a new beginning to start… A year can mean such huge, unforeseen changes, both good and bad. This past year, I saw many blessings both in my business and personal life- we started The Art of Home Club, quite on the spur of the moment! Who knew back in January of 2016 that in October we’d be starting a brand new, BIG adventure in cyber-world?? In March, my potholder pattern actually won the Craftsy March Make-It Madness contest!! Our kids made some big life decisions, and we are so proud of the young adults they have become! Back in February, we enjoyed a trip to Orlando with my husband’s family from England for a wonderful “family reunion” vacation.




Of course, the year had its share of sorrow, as we very unexpectedly lost our 20 year old nephew in June. December 16 would have been his 21st birthday… who knew on January 1, 2016 that this would be his last year with us? It was with bittersweet joy that we welcomed his daughter (and my very first grand-niece), Jaylynn, to the world in September. My nephew never got to meet her on this side of heaven, but he is ever-present with us in her big, beautiful smile. It is a reminder, once again, to hug your loved ones and never miss an opportunity to tell them how much you love them.


I am so thankful that I get to connect with all of you, friends from all over the world, here! The internet has certainly made the world a much smaller place. I have learned from you and I have been inspired by the beautiful projects that you share on my Facebook page and in my Facebook group and by email. I cherish all of your kind comments and emails.

Last year I shared my Journal Jar project with you. I have to admit that in the middle of the year, I kind of lost track of it and forgot to “fill my jar,” however, I’ve started up again and I plan on jamming my jar full of gratitude in 2017. How about you?? I have been sitting here going through my little notes, and oh my- how much GOODNESS there is in life, especially in those little things that we tend to overlook!!


See the original post, with instructions and printables, here.

Journal Jar-Jacquelynne Steves

Wishing you a blessed and beauty-filled 2017,



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    Teresa in Music City
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Joining you in looking forward to an amazing 2017 my friend!!! So happy that you are finding fun (and hopefully profitable) new ways to share your gifts and talents with us. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

  • Posted December 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Best Wishes for all of us in the New Year and what a cutie!

  • Posted December 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Just printed labels and will join you for 2017/ This is a great idea. Sometimes it is good not only to note the good things but also sad or worrisome things. It helps to write things down for me.

  • Sherry
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Best to you and your family in the New Year. What a cute baby. :-)
    Thank you for all your ideas and hard work. I love what you do

  • Gert
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    My Christmas Wish is that the Peace, Joy and Love that we feel throughout this Holiday Season may remain with each of us through the New Year! And, may each of us continue to do our part to make the world better, one day at a time!

  • Sarah Edwards
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    What an adorable baby. Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Lost my husband in March. I was released from hospital Christmas Eve night so I was able to be home for Christmas with most of my family. Much to be thankful for. Anxious to start the new year. Thank you, Jacquelynne, for your encouragement and motivation. You are truly an inspiration!

  • Linda L.
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to what the New Year brings! Life is always changing and here’s hoping it’s the kind of change we all want this year.
    Happy New Year, Jacquelynne, from the Great White North where it’s pouring rain tonight and, of course, it will freeze by tomorrow :-)

  • Linda Janovitz
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    So glad you had a great Christmas. I know how you feel, we lost our 3rd oldest 4 years ago. She would be 40 this Wednesday. What a shock !If her doctors would have been on their toes she would still be here. But that was not God’s plan. She was Saved in July and past in September, great timing. God is never late. Is your nephew in the picture above?

  • Janice King
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    So thankful you had a good holiday! Yes, we truly need to count our blessings daily. My entire bunch was together this Christmas and I am so thankful for that blessing. My oldest grandson had been away previously in the Marine Corps for ten years. Our family felt complete with him home. May your New Year bring much happiness and good health. Looking forward to your new ideas with anticipation.

  • Posted December 26, 2016 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Touched by your message. Beautiful baby but sad situation. My son died 1 year ago and even tho I know God has a plan forall of us as He did for Robert my heart will always have a hole in it. I love your journal jar and will send love letters to the Lord and to my son. May 2017 fill us all with joy and love and peace on earth.

  • Pam Foster
    Posted December 27, 2016 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    What a lovely message Jacquelynne very thought provoking. Happy new year to you and your family and really looking forward to what you have in store for us to enjoy in the next few months.

  • Posted December 28, 2016 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Yes, I’ll be with you again in 2017, as long as my heart hangs in until I see a specialist. I, too, do not take any day for granted, and a quote that came from a young man here in NZ as he faced a huge hurdle with Hodgson’s Lymphoma is with me every day ” Be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities that you have”. Happy New Year to you and yours, and specially to your beautiful new girl Jaylynn in your family, with memories of your dearest nephew.. From Jean in New Zealand.

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