We celebrated new year's eve quietly around our casa. Jordan had an all important "lock-in" with her church youth group so that left us with only William and Grace for dinner. After convincing the two littles that they lacked one more year before they were qualified to do midnight duty on new year's eve (horrible, aren't we?!?) we cozied up to watch a recorded episode of "Heroes" and then later kissed hello to 2009 at our bedtime. I know you are astounded by our domestication. Ah, it was nice to have a quiet night with no plans. What used to be a tragedy is now our idea of paradise. ;-)
Dave took doughnuts to the church building this morning for the crowd and then collected a tired Jordan who had stayed up until 5:30 am. Apparently she was on of the first to go to sleep this morning. Needless to say, our youth minister will need a nap. My husband so thoughtfully got silver dollars for each child's shoe and so they were introduced to a little tradition he grew up with in his household. We then rolled everyone out for a midday movie. We saw Bedtime Stories and loved it. Now it's on to a holiday feast of Fajitas, Guacamole, and Black-eyed peas.
I stopped doing resolutions a long time ago. For me they were fruitless. This past year has been a milestone one for me. 2008 was the year I finally began to figure out how to recover from the last birth. In all ways - mentally, physically, and spiritually. I feel so much more hopeful this January than last. A lot of it has to do with the diagnosis of identifiable things I could do to get my body's organs back to some kind of normal. Honestly last January I felt hopeless. I was hanging on by a spiritual thread and that was it. So this year I am just going to keep doing the things that are working...only do them better. I'm just going to keep hoping that our family grows in love and take action to make that happen. I'm just going to keep sharing what I've learned along the way with those who feel hopeless. And I'm going to open myself up to the situations that God places in my life.
I wish the same for you. Happy 2009!