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.