Whew. It's over. 2011, that is.
I'm emotionally drained. But, I am slowly recovering and hope to be in ship-shape in not too long!
In all the sadness, in and amongst all the stress, there were two miracles. Two little baby boys were added to our family. Caleb Journey was born to Josh and Serena on July 27 (remember I was in Colorado in July?)
and River Arvin was born to Gana and Daja on October 3.
Oh, we do love babies around here! Those two brand new ones redeemed 2011 for me. Without them, I'd be hard-pressed to find the good.
Well, the "big" good, anyway. God is always good and gives us so many every day wonders, that there is always good. Always a gift from Him. Always a smile to find.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:22-24
And now it's 2012.
New Years Day landed on a Sunday this year. What a wonderfully clean slate it represented. A new day, a new week, a new month, and a new year!
Today my husband and I sat down to map out our goals and dreams for 2012. No resolutions, just regrouping. We'll do it again at the beginning of February. Either to pat ourselves on the back or to kick ourselves back into action!
For the past few years, I've been choosing a word for the year. Naming it, if you will. I named 2011 FREEDOM. 2010 was the year of YES. Do I sometimes forget what year it is as the months roll by? Well, yeah. But, it usually doesn't take too long before the year's name comes calling me back.
2012 is being named "RELEASE". Not the most common of names, but a very personal one. This is our year to release pain and illness, to release negative financial concerns, and to release excess possessions. We are also opening our hearts, hands, and bodies to receive freedom and health.
Hey, 2012 is looking pretty good sitting there all clean and new!