1/4/11

Year in Review

I've noticed something about myself.  When I'm at home on the weekend, I tend to blog less.  As a matter of fact, I usually only get online to check my Facebook.  It's as if my brain cannot formulate the smallest thought or sentence.  I'm almost at a loss for words sometimes.  And that's weird because during the week when I work full time (away from home) I tend to get more done.  More things are checked off my "To Do" list. 

I'm not saying I NEVER blog or write on weekends or holidays...and most of you know how much I love to write!  But I just realized that I never even thought about making a New Year's resolution...not that I have success with them anyway!  And I never entertained the thought of a 'year end' post or goals for the new year.  I've been reading everybody else's and I haven't even thought much about mine?  That's not like me.

Maybe I get more distracted on weekends because everybody's at home and our schedules are not, well ... 'scheduled'.  And come to think of it, my husband is home on Saturdays now too, so that leaves me less "me time".  And that's ok.

I think I'm finally realizing that I've gotten much better about relaxing and enjoying my family while I'm at home.  I think I've run myself ragged over the years trying to get everything done.  But you know what?  Getting everything checked off my little list is not what's most important.  It's having some down-time to spend in God's Word.  It's spending time with my family and taking a Sunday afternoon nap :)

But because I am an organized person and I love the ability of blogging to remind us of things past, I'm choosing to do a post about the year of 2010 and some of the biggest events that stick out in my mind (and I'm doing this post in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, not the weekend).  Overall, it was a pretty good year!

  • I turned the BIG 40!!!  And it wasn't that bad!  I think it was worse turning 30 because when you're in your 20's, you still feel like a teen - a twenty-teen ;)
  • I was able to have a good bit of articles published in my religion column of our local paper.  I love to share the things God puts on my heart.  I also love getting the feedback from the readers...it makes it very rewarding to know someone 'gets' what I'm saying.
  • In January of 2010, I started my first semester back to college with Liberty University.  I was terrified and didn't know if I'd be able to pass my classes and work full time, along with being a mom/wife.  But I had a great year!  So far, all A's and only 1 B - and I was proud of that B!  I'm officially a Senior at Liberty and look forward to graduating with my BS in Psychology with special emphasis in Christian counseling.  I'm praying it will open new doors of opportunity for me.
  • I got to meet Ronda Rich at a fundraiser.  If you're not familiar with her, she's the "Dixie Diva" columnist.  Like me, she's a Georgia girl and I love reading her column.
  • Our Lucy girl hurt her eye in a freak accident at home and then complications set in with the other eye after surgery.  After two eye surgeries and more money than we thought we'd ever spend on a dog, she did wind up losing one eye.  It broke our hearts seeing her go through such an ordeal, but she's doing great today.  We love our furry little daughter  and she brings so much joy and laughter into our home.
  • In the merry month of May, I attended my first Gaither Homecoming Concert.  Where have I been all these years?  My gosh, it was awesome!!! I should have gone long before!  David Phelps was back with the group and he sang a solo that just took my breath away.  He was singing in a different language and I don't have a clue what he was saying, but I was expecting Jesus to come down out of the clouds right that very minute!  Surely the angels can't even sing like that!
  • Dillan turned 16 in March and got his driver's license.  I was so nervous for him that day.  I mean...who parallel parks in this day and age?  Especially around here?  But he did it - of course, his very controlling and insecure mother took him to the obstacle course the day before so he could practice.  Scott came with us and gave him excellent pointers.  He whipped my Dodge Magnum (bka the hearse) right into the space.  I was so proud :)  And believe it or not, I don't worry too much about him driving.  I thought I would go crazy with worry when my child started driving, but I'm handling in pretty well :)
  • Of course, we enjoyed another great year of high school football.  Our Patriots only lost one regular season game and made it to the 3rd round of the playoffs.  I still think we had the Championship team again this year....we just had an off-night in Wesleyan.
  • And last but not least, my family went on our first mission trip - and flew for the first time!  We attended Families on Mission in Broken Arrow, OK.  It was a week we will never forget!  God moved mightily and showed us where we are to begin our mission work to a particular people group: Native Americans in Cherokee, NC.  We are very excited about upcoming opportunities we will have to minister to them this new year.

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