Here’s to a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Eve!

 I hope that you are having the happiest of holidays. I know that this time of the year is tough for some. I am still missing my parents and I can’t believe this is my third Christmas without them. Many of my friends and family are facing their first Christmas with an empty chair or two at the table. This year I struggled with Christmas but we got our tree up yesterday and I am trying. I can’t wait to see all of my siblings together later this week.

The past few weeks have been hectic ones at the Jarrett home. But we now have a new washer and dryer and a new SUV—and the bills that go with them. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have financial challenges and we are no exception. We will be working even harder this year on our financial future. And we hope to help others here and on our other blog. Our travels have kept me from losing my mind at times. I really should categorize it as “therapy.”

I cannot be thankful enough that my husband was not hurt in the wreck. He took a hard hit but survived well for a middle-aged man. He truly is my Superman. Just a couple of weeks before he was very sick. I had to do a lot of things without him. I appreciate him even more than I did before. I am so thankful that God put us together.

My Superman!

University Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep in Rome, Ga. was great in helping us out after the wreck and they went above and beyond. I was skeptical about our new Dodge Journey but I love it now! We will be focusing a lot on our “journeys in the Journey” and we will be photographing our car a lot. And yes, I do highly recommend University Dodge. This is our second vehicle from there.

Our mission with this blog is to show families you can have fun without going broke. We are not always the most frugal but we try. And some things are just worth the money like The Ark Encounter in Kentucky.

Our Dodge Journey

The business side of my writing career is very busy so we are scaling some of our traveling back at least for the first three months of this year. We still have a lot of things to write and you will see us around, as always. We are going to focus more on events and places in Northeast Alabama, Northwest Georgia and Southeast Tennessee. But we also have some trips planned for the Midwest and further east than I have been for later in the year.

Look for some changes on the blog and some new features as the year progresses. Please, continue to send us suggestions and ideas. And if you are a tourism official, we would love to put you on our calendar for next year.

We all begin a new year with hope. Part of me is still scarred from 2016. We started the year house-hunting with plans to rev up our blogging. We hoped to take my parents on some trips and we were adamant that any house would be friendly for our parents, who had mobility issues. Steve’s mom passed away suddenly and my parents passed away within three months and a day of each other. I am hopeful for 2019 but I also remember the words of my late Mama whenever we would plan something. It’s all “If the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise.” So, we are making plans and putting it all in God’s capable hands. Whatever things we encounter on our journeys—good and bad—are in His control.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our house to yours!

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Kim Sloan Jarrett

I am an award-winning freelance writer who loves to help people save money. Check out our budget-friendly, family travel tips at I also help companies with their marketing at

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