Happy New Year!
All around the world people are ringing in the New Year and saying goodbye to 2017. I know some people had a rough 2017 and can’t wait to see it go, while others had a great year and are excited to see what happens next. For our family, 2018 was a pretty epic year. I wanted to hit the highlights, for posterity’s sake:
- We celebrated one year in our new house
- Penelope and Isaiah were freed for adoption
- We traveled to Assateaque Island and Ocean City MD
- Lots of trips to Sesame Place, Crayola Experience, the zoo and the aquarium
- We traveled to Nashville TN and Staunton VA
- We adopted 4 chinchillas
- We adopted 2 kittens
- We finalized Isaiah and Penelope’s adoption
I don’t mean that everything went smoothly this year. We had our share of struggles, especially with trying to finalize the kids adoption. We dealt with sickness, the loss of loved ones, car issues, homeschool stuff – you know – life stuff. But in the midst of the messy that we had, we were so blessed that at times we didn’t even see until we were beyond the moment and could look back.
That’s what New Year’s Eve is for, right? To look back and reflect on the year and everything that happened – and then we have New Year’s day to look forward to what the new year can (or will) bring. This year, to be honest, I have no idea what we are in store for. Another placement? Possibly. More drama as the kids grow? For sure. Vacations? Yep. Stress? Guaranteed.
So this New Year, I say BRING IT ON.
Bring on the surprises, both good and bad.
Bring on the snow – it will melt. Eventually.
Bring on our 15th anniversary. We’ve got a lot more to celebrate.
Bring on the laundry and dishes and diapers. It means we have a full house.
Bring on the homeschool stress. I get to watch my kids learn – and learn along with them.
Bring on the foster care drama. We have room for one more itty bitty if we are called.
Being on the hugs and the kisses. It’s my daily reward for being a momma.
Just Bring it. Because honestly? No matter what life throws at us, we’ve decided that it’s going to be a GOOD year. No matter what.