Good-bye 2012 …..Hello 2013
When I look back at this year, I am so glad that I am looking at it from our new home and from the perspective of the dear one having a new position. If we were still living in Kenora under the circumstances that we had been living in I am sure that I wouldn’t have had much to say that was good about 2012.
2012 was a hard year that I am really happy to see the back of as it drifts off into the sunset. As the dear one said the other day if we had known two years ago that it was going to take so long for him to find a new position we might have just curled up and given up. Thankfully we did neither.
Instead of dwelling on what was not great this past year, here is a brief synopsis of what was lovely, beautiful, blessed and gracious in our lives:
- Eldest daughter got married to wonderful son in law – so much celebrating was done that week!
- Next daughter made a decision about her future and found her passion – going into international development – the next part of her journey begins soon.
- Son and youngest decided to go to university and has been at the University of Manitoba since September.
- The dear one and I got lots and lots of skills built up in doing home renovation work and design – I am ready to do some more painting of rooms when we get a new home.
- We had a lovely last summer in Kenora with both of our younger children home with us – probably the last time ever.
- A bishop reached out to the dear one and he now has a parish and we have a new community to live in and we have moved.
- I learned who our good friends are and who will always be our friends. I am so grateful to all of them.
- I started this blog and have found a way to keep on writing, reflecting and reaching out that is just for me and no one else.
- I chose three words for this year – voice, joy and courage – kept them in front of me and used them regularly. I remembered what it meant to have a voice, hence this blog. I looked for joy and discovered it all over the place. I found courage to hold onto my faith when it seemed like I was going to lose it.
Here is what I am looking forward to this next year:
- Choosing three new words to guide me through this next year.
- Selling our home in Kenora and buying a new one here in Wetaskiwin.
- Getting to know more people in the parish and figuring out, with God’s help, what I am supposed to be doing here.
- Finding a job that is fulfilling and flexible – a big order I know, but it can happen.
- Joining a community choir – to be able to sing and meet new friends.
- Taking more time to get in the pool and get regular exercise.
- Having time with the dear one making a new home and learning how to be a couple with adult kids.
- Planting a new garden while at the same time learning what is in the one we will inherit from whomever we buy our new home.
- Getting to know more about this part of Alberta and doing some fun exploring with the dear one.