As so many of us are inclined to do as we approach the new year, I'm taking some time to look back over 2010 and share some of the moments that stood out for me.
We started off the year learning to trust that God would take care of us in the face of unemployment. At the end of the year, I can honestly say that it's been one of the best things that's ever happened to us. We're stronger as a family, stronger in our faith, and living a life that was only a dream for us before. God is so good.
In the spring, I finally admitted to myself (and the entire world) that I have depression. It's true what they say...the first step is admitting you have a problem. Acknowledging that I suffer from depression has gone a long way towards helping me get a grip on it.
As much as I love doing things altogether with my family, I cherish the one-on-one moments I get to spend with my children individually. Bedtime is especially precious to me.
Sometimes, though, bedtime becomes a bit of a struggle. It's gotten better over the last half of the year, thank goodness, but there where days when I didn't expect to get a decent night's sleep again until 2018!
Becoming a farmer's wife has been one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I'm a far cry from the city girl I used to be!
Every once in a too-rare moment, I have a spark of humor that keeps even me laughing for days. With any luck, I'll think up a few more next year.
And finally...the most joyful thing to happen in this or any year came from my oldest daughter. She is a ray of happiness that has been missing in my life for far too long.
I'm filled with gratitude for all the amazing things God has done for us and with us this past year, and so very thankful to be able to share these glimpses of my life here with you. The past twelve months haven't always been easy, but the friendships I've made here online have been more of a blessing to me than I'm capable of expressing with mere words. For the laughter, tears, hugs and chocolate wishes, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It wouldn't have been the same without you.
God bless, stay safe, and Happy New Year!