it's normal to reflect at the close of each year. the highs, the lows, what you want in the coming one. when i try to put 2011 into words, i find myself at a loss. it has been such a monumental year in so many ways. much of which i'm not even ready to express. yet i find myself needing to quantify. it's a trademark at my core. i always need to quantify things. it helps them make sense to me.
it was the year i found my calling.
and lost my last surviving grandparent.
the year that held the first time i thought my marriage wouldn't survive
and the moment i realized it would.
the year we felt the Lord's hand on our lives more clearly than ever
the year we learned what He meant when said He'd never forsake us.
a year that started with questions
and is ending with transitions.
new friends, new jobs, new homes, new cars, new vision.
what will 2012 bring? answers to many of these things... joy, peace, love, happiness, fulfillment, change, growth, renewal, passion, direction and hopefully a bit of grace.
another chance to start again.
to say thank you.
to hold a hand.
to chase a dream.
to move on.
to make amends.
at the end of the day, through the extreme lows and the mountain HIGHS, we are still here. we are healthy. we are a family. we are at peace.
that's all that really matters anyway. the rest is just details.
happy new year to you and yours. may you walk in the peace and blessing of your Savior's plan. may your days be filled with laughter and joy, hope and contentedness. may you count your blessings and endure your struggles with the faith that they will pass. may you smile at those who bless you and those who don't. may you find the Lord's favor upon your life.
from our family to yours....