Although 2010 was a trying year I am still a little sad to see it go. Our children are a year older and have gone through so many wonderful changes. We will miss the little baby in Ryan as she continues to grow but will remember this past year as the year she turned 1, took her first steps and said her first words. AJ continued to grow into his own person in the past year and went from a toddler of 4 words sentences to a preschooler asking complex questions, understanding the answers and learning to reason. Kirby was finally diagnosed with a low thyroid after many months of worrying and being told everything was fine. Jasey and I entered into our 5th year of marriage and will be celebrating in just a few short weeks. We also both lived this year as the first in our 30's, a notable milestone, though not one that seemed to bother either one of us. Jasey completed the bulk of his schooling and began preparing for his next big endeavor, a stressful time for all of us. I chugged along, though admittedly, it was sometimes with a heavy heart from all the stressful change. We definitely had some tough times but we made it out happy and healthy and ready to take on all of the changes we know are ahead.
I've always loved the idea of a new year, I've never been one to make resolutions (or maybe I just never keep them) but the thought of a whole new chance to start over is refreshing. There are so many new opportunities at our fingertips that it's hard not to be excited about what might happen. We know the kids will keep growing and changing, we know Jasey will be graduating in a few months, we know I will keep us all from self destructing. We also know that we will be together where ever we go and whatever we do. We know we can make it through situations that we never thought we would encounter in our lives. We know that everything that we are experiencing now is for our future and it can only get better from here. What we don't know is...everything else. It is a bit unnerving to be in limbo about everything but I suppose that is part of the wonder.
So, we begin 2011 with excitement and smiles and the unknown wonderment of what lies ahead. We look forward to new words, first days, caps and gowns and new adventures. I hope that everyone else has such an exciting year ahead of them with just as many possibilities and joys. Happy New Year!