New Years offers us the perfect opportunity to put a lid on the past year and begin the new year with a fresh start. 2008 has been a challenging year for me, and full of ups and downs. We finally, after 7 years, conceived a baby. We completed our new home. J & I have each other and our three precious dogs. Oh, and family and friends too! I spent many months thriving in my career. I have made new friends in a new area.
On the low side, my family has been plagued with health problems from my dad's stroke to my mom's lymphoedema to my grandmother's major descent into the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. Then of course, my job loss and the health of our little dog.
No matter what I have faced this past year, I know that there is a master plan in the works. I freely admit that I have been having trouble seeing it for the last month, and I have really struggled. The new year offers me the perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean again. We have the birth of our miracle little baby to look forward to, and that gives me the hope that I need to keep going - one foot in front of the other.
I do not believe in resolutions, because I do not really have the personal discipline for that. I do believe in hope for the future. I believe in this hope not just for me and my family, but for the entire world. The world stage has been set for 2009 to become a year of great change. I hope this change will bring about new beginnings for everyone and the problems that we face as individuals and as a community.
May you and your family have a wonderful 2009!