I accomplished--and learned--a lot in 2011. In the last 12 months, I:
--fulfilled a life dream and met Mary Poppins.
--sought and found help at M.D. Anderson.
--finished a year's worth of chemotherapy and Avastin treatments.
--moved into my perfect house. How I love it here!
--mourned the loss of two precious unborn babies.
--went to about a thousand little boy birthday parties.
--sweltered through the hottest summer EVER.
--continued to study, learn, and grow with my Tuesday Sisters.
--grew my hair back!
--made some new friends in our neighborhood and through the boys' school.
--realized that mothering is not for the faint of heart when Goliath went to camp for a week and later competed in a martial arts tournament.
--went hunting with my man. After 13 years of marriage, it's about time.
--tolerated and even learned to love Gus the Terrible.
--found my inner crafter and spent a lot of time and money at Hobby Lobby.
--buried a deceased bunny rabbit and welcomed our guinea pigs' love child into our menagerie.
--went to Disney World, the circus, and a snake farm.
"To be alive, to be able to see, to walk...it's all a miracle. I have adopted the technique of living life from miracle to miracle." --Arthur Rubinstein
New Year's Eve is not really a big deal to us. We used to try to stay up late to watch the ball drop; now we're too old and have too many kids to care. When I wake up in the morning, 2012 will have begun. I won't eat black-eyed peas, I won't hum "Auld Lang Syne", and I won't make resolutions. Instead, I will begin tomorrow like I begin every morning: choosing to LIVE my life. Not too many people get the opportunity that I have had to examine life and re-discover what is truly important. Every single day that I wake up is a miracle. Every experience, every encounter, every minute...miracles. Instead of making temporary resolutions, I want to make one permanent promise to myself: I will recognize my life's miracles and soak them up. I will make the most of what I've been given to be the best me that I can be.
Here's to a 2012 full of grace and love...Happy New Year!