So... last year, I had a mile long list of lofty New Year's Resolutions. Less than a month later, I discovered I was pregnant with our 6th child. 2 months after that, I learned my oldest daughter was expecting her first baby, our first grandchild. Besides those two joyful albeit, life changing, events we had our share of fiscal and other challenging events including battling swine flu. Needless to say, my resolutions dissolved into "keeping it together" and trying to keep our life as normal as possible for our 3 youngest children.
In hindsight, it was all an amazing part of the journey. We pulled together as a family, and all made sacrifices for one another. We are blessed with incredible friends and family who laughed with us and were there to lean on too. And, of course, as always, our faith was the core that not only sustained us, but enabled us to see with new eyes, and appreciate the gifts that were "hidden" behind some of the challenges.
Now, here we are... January, 2010. Our son, Jacob is the sweetest little baby boy in the world. Our 3 week old, grand-daughter, Adleigh, is a beautiful blessing. And we have certainly come to appreciate that while we are overflowing our 110 year old, fixer-upper of a home it is home. And we are grateful for what we have.
Looking back, I think I might be most thankful for the laughter we seem to always share, no matter what.
And now... forward.
No resolutions this time, except to resolve on a daily basis to be open to God's will in all things, and to pray continually "create in me a clean heart, Oh Lord". A clean heart is the best canvas to work on. And I am presently very excited about all of the inspirations I have to create, as well as very excited about being an ongoing creation, myself.
May 2010 be a fulfilling year of growth for all of us.
Peace & Hugs...