Thoughts on a New Year

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!


Grammy Blick said...

And, there's a Master planner, too. Isn't that a wonderful plan for the coming year!

Tabitha Blue said...

Congrats on your coming baby!!! Happy New Year! And I completely agree with Grammy Blick...



tara @ kidz said...

Best wishes for 09. Hope all goes well with your family's health!

G said...

I couldn't agree more (what else is new, right???). We have a lot in common, as I've told you before, and 2009 is OUR YEAR!!!! I believe it - I hope you do...your baby is coming and things can only get better. Sorry to hear about your little dog, I hope the meds work.


Maki said...

Aw this is a great post!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting my big day (wednesday)- and sorry, it's taken me a while to get here.. I've been tryin to visit everyone who left me nice comments, but I'm not even half way through...

You comment mean a lot to me - and hope to stay in touch!

Good luck and may your 2009 be filled with love, health and happiness!!!

Grammy Blick said...

You've been missed.