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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year End Reflections

I'm finding it hard to believe 2009 is right around the corner. We celebrated Michael's 37th birthday alongside Christmas on December 25th and I realized I met him when he was 23 years old. That seems almost impossible, but it's true. We also celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on December 29th (can you tell December is a busy month for us?) and that was also a great day. We have been through so much together and stayed strong through it all. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful, solid, loving husband by my side.

As I reflect back on the year, I am realizing there are many aspects of my life for which I am extremely grateful. Our marriage, our home, our dogs, our family, our jobs--this life we have created, though not yet complete, is truly beautiful. I have long since given up trying to predict when our lives may be touched by the magic of a little one, though I hope that time comes soon. Still, what we do have is precious and treasured. Sometimes it becomes all too easy to focus on what's missing and on the things for which I still so long. It's easy to get bogged down and caught up in what comes next, instead of appreciating what's already right here. So, my goal for now is to be where I am...to appreciate this life exactly as it is and to truly live in the moment. Wish me luck!

Happy New Year, Everyone...I am so thankful for all of you who are with me us on this journey!

14 comments:

Patti said...

Hang in there! Keep enjoying life! And.... the magic will come! :-)
Patti

Karen said...

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary!

Debbie B said...

It's hard to remember to be happy where you are on the way to where you want to be. I hope this year brings that miraculous event.

Happy Anniversary!

Reggie Boppy said...

Happy Anniversary! We're thankful for you too :) Hang in there M.

Becky said...

What a fun month......birthdays, anniversary, and Christmas!
You are so right.....we all, no matter our place in life or where we want to be....need to stay focused on what we have and not what we don't! We so easily remember that at the beginning of a new year and quickly lose focus. Thanks for the reminder and you just keep on keeping on! Your time will come!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. I have found you comments so insightful. Please continue to share as your thoughts are gifts to others. Wishing all that you wish for yourself in the new year.

Brooke said...

Happy New Year, and Happy Anniversary too!

Eileen said...

You are so right about focusing on the things we don't have...I often think of the many things for which I am so grateful. Wishing you a wonderful and very happy New Year! It's funny how turning a page on the calendar (or rather, buying a new one) can bring so much hope. It does for me anyway. I hope 2009 is a great year for you and your hubby. Happy belated Anniversary!!

Nancy said...

It is so important to maintain a positive outlook and I'm really glad you're doing that. It's easy to forget all of the things that we are grateful for.

Christine said...

Happy New Year!

hope548 said...

I hope 2009 is filled with happiness!

alicia said...

happy new years! and happy anniversary! busy time for me too! heee hee

Bri said...

You know, I totally agree. It is so easy to look forward to something else and say, "thats when I will be happy!" It is funny that is it just so much more difficult to just be happy now! Because I think for most of us, we really ARE happy, just not quite COMPLETE!

Here is to a great 09 for all of us!

Duck Hunter said...

I'm a bit late, but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY