I thought I would just touch base on how 2011 was for me and my family. It started off very rocky. With my sister's tragic death the day after Thanksgiving we welcomed 2011 with a 'Good Riddance 2010' party. When January started we knew that Tim's freelance work was coming to an end and we had no idea where our income was going to come in. I was still battling the blood clot I developed after Stella's birth. This meant giving myself shots,getting my blood checked every few days and even seeing an oncologist.(Just that word alone is scary). I fell down my steps that second weekend in January. Because of the medication I was on for the blood clot I had to be checked for internal bleeding. STRESS! is pretty much how to describe last January.
In February we had our kids dedicated at church. I had wanted to do that for a long time.A few days after that,on Valentines day,Tim had an interview for a new job.He got it! He started a few weeks later.While I missed having him home with me,this company has been wonderful. His career has taken off,they sent us to Vegas and I can now stay at home with our kids.
Now I can look back and know that him being laid off in September of 2010 was one of the best things to happen to us. He was able to be home and take care of me through Stella's birth,the health problems that followed and when I lost my sister.It lead him to where he is working now.God blesses us in His time and after the storm passes we can see how He worked.
We had a wonderful summer that started off with our trip to Vegas. I was so very nervous as I had once said I would never fly. Never say never. It was the trip of a lifetime. When he wasn't in a class or conference it was just the 2 of us.Very rejuvenating for our relationship. Plus flying was great. I can't wait for the opportunity to do it again. I'm really hoping we get to go to this years conference.It's in New Orleans!!
We ended our summer with a much needed family reunion on my daddy's side. I'm happy to say that we are much closer.Every one may have their differences but if you want to love on my kids then by all means please do so.
In October we celebrated Stella's First Birthday. The First Birthday of that 4th child we've been wanting so bad for the past 3+ years. It was a great day with family and friends.
Then end of the year was lovely and peaceful. I'm looking forward to this year. A year of well,just living. I want to make it a great year. I hate the word resolutions to tell the truth. I just have some goals. Most I already had. Here are a few examples.
- Exercise. Not diet and exercise. Just exercise. I love food too much for dieting. But I really need to get moving. Perhaps I should take the Wii Fit out of the box I got a few Christmas' ago?
- Do some serious organizing.
- Do more traveling. I really got the bug last year.
- Nurture friendships. Someone else put this and it totally resonated with me.
- I'm also gonna learn how to use that sewing machine,gosh darnit!!
- And this is the biggy-Get more into God's word.Stick with my devotions and prayer time.
So Welcome 2012. I hardly believe you are the end of the world. That is just silly. I think you will be a fulfilling year for our completed family.I'm sure you come equipped with challenges just like any other year.I have a really big God though so I will take those on with my head held high.
I really hope that you come with lots of house stuff. Serious remodeling and such.Ok,at least painting. That upstairs hall is looking pretty funky. Please and thank you!
Pedicures too. I like those.Look good,feel good,ya know?
Most of all I just want family and friends.Laughter and love. Another good year in a life well lived.