Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The New Year's Recap Post



So here we are, settled into January. The urge to sum up is irresistable, and appropriately so I think, as it's good to think deliberately about the past as much as the present or future. I will save most of it for my dear diary, but in short it was a happily hold steady year. One full year of nothing big, just many wonderful smalls. When life so often brings extremes analogous to shipwrecks this past little while has felt like a sunny lake canoe ride, a chance for the boy and me to get a feel for our own pleasant 'normal.' We have been so lucky in love and our together life. Experience teaches though, that this calm might not hold, so I'm wanting to mark it down to look back on, to be grateful for.
Here, then, is my summation of the last year. Sisters got married and I cried almost as much as at my own wedding. My boy became a Master. I got some direction in life (and got published along the way!). A grandfather passed on. Good friends moved away and we met some new ones. I learned to play poker. Several babies were born that mean a lot to us. Between the two of us we held down three jobs that only moderately irritate us. We had a one year anniversary.
I am grateful to a God who seems to be smiling good things on me these days. I'm grateful to a husband who is home to me, and who makes me laugh by the minute. For family who continues to be the safe harbor in the storm. I'm grateful for friends, old and new, whose presence in my life continues to enrich it. I pray the next year is marked by graciousness on my part in the face of whatever comes our way, and I dare to ask for that consistent calm inside that I've learned to regard as the true mark of happiness.


5 comments:

Trespasser said...

Moderate irritation in the workplace kills 73 people a year. You should look into it. I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more of this last year with you both, but grateful for the short span we did enjoy. This year's goal - Publish a short story (preferably Sci-fi.) I don't know if this is your goal or mine. jectrato

Dad said...

What a wonderful recap of the last year...both joyous and realistic. I'm delighted that life is so pleasant for you and wish that for you always. But even when it isn't, you got a great personal and relational foundation to weather it. Love you!

Melanie said...

Someone asked us to recap our year, and this is about how it came out (that is, nothing big). I think our first year of marriage might have been easier in some ways, but I think we love each other more now.

deanna said...

Very nice. And sometimes very nice is just the thing. (I like that you got published last year, too, though I haven't got the journal yet to see the finished form! Hope to soon.)

lyssa said...

Hey, I didn't even know you were a blogger! I was sorting through old comments on mine and there was a link to yours. It's fabulous; hope you don't mind if I follow it! And what's this about sisters getting married?! That can't be right! Valerie and KT? They're like 8 and 10...aren't they? You never sent me any photos of all of you grown Wierengas! Don't make me come over there.