Well it’s difficult to sum up a whole year in 1 post don’t you think? I am bound to forget some really great things that happened this year.
~But in the spring we paid off all of our debt except our house.
~We had a son graduate from high school & move out. He hasn’t made good choices since then.
~I had a life changing surgery, ran my first race, and lost a significant amount of weight
~Clarissa entered Junior high, has become emotional, and she’s figuring out who she is.
~Preston passed Driver’s ed, decided not to play a winter sport, and he’s looking for his first car.
~Cole got a permanent job (instead of seasonal) < he also had a car accident, had some life obstacles that are shaping him, Started college
~Carl is still in college, had to forfeit a summer job for college classes, he has gone on a couple of dates and stretching his social skills
~Our oldest daughter has come back and I think she actually enjoys spending time with us ( We shall see)
~Rob made it through a year without an actual surgery…..but did have plenty of medical issues. He also got a new car which has been a long time coming.
Here is one of our family pictures. We have more to come. These were taken at the beginning of October…so I had only lost about 60 pounds at that time…It’s amazing how forty some pounds more has made a big impact on my looks.
We got a new kitchen, new appliances and we finished a few household things. It’s always a work in progress isn’t it?
It’s difficult to sum up what I have learned in a year. I make monthly updates on my personal journey and weight loss journey…..so that is updated regularly.
I have to say that raising these kids is very difficult. I don’t even know how to sum that up. I feel like we do our best and I am a pretty conservative parent….but I feel like it’s a crap-shoot as to how they will turn out. How do you show your kids one way of life and yet they choose a different path, when they get out on their own? I don’t get it. I keep praying and hoping it’s a phase and that they will come around…hopefully it’s just a matter of spreading their wings and realizing things weren’t that bad…..but I can’t own their choices when they are adults. I have shown them a good way of life….and I refuse to apologize for that. I protected them and guided them. I also refuse to enable them. So it’s painful at times to be the “hard” or “tough love” parent. But I know it’s what’s best. I don’t live in fear of rejection or that I will never see them again. I know that I have been a solid parent and they will come back. The proof is there already.
We have had many ups& downs this year….in our family there have been deaths, divorces, losses and victories. There have been celebrations and laughs.
Even with all of these things nothing stands out as far as HUGE lessons….I have to say I am thankful for that. I have had many lessons along the way …I am not saying that…but sometimes the pain surrounding things is so great that the lessons are so huge it consumes you….and I didn’t have any of those this year other than my personal weight loss journey. 1 things is enough. LOL
I am learning how to find happiness in my every day things.
I am learning to appreciate now instead of looking to the future all of the time. I am not going to stress myself out about money and working myself to the bone while letting life pass me by. I am taking days off and learning to appreciate the now.
I am learning to listen to my body and be aware.
I have a list of things I am going to set as far as goals for the new year and I think it will just help me expand on all of these things and seal it all in.
I don’t believe that you go through life blind and everything comes to you. I believe that you must set goals and work towards them. I do think when you apply yourself- you are lead to places you couldn’t dream of…..I believe things do come to you in the right time….but I do believe you have to be aware and open to accepting it.
I am opening myself to the possibilities of these lessons and life changes.
I think that will make 2016 so much better.