Happy New Year and welcome to 2010!
2009 seemed to flash before my eyes. I’m sad to see it leave, yet I look forward in anticipation to the new year.
In reflecting on this past year, I feel I’ve grown in areas of my life that I needed to, yet I regressed in others. I took a long look today at my life in 2009. I also took some time today to remember the events of my family’s life in 2009.
January was filled with volleyball for Ali and indoor soccer for Zach. It was a good month for my business, like most Januarys are.
February was filled with more volleyball and indoor soccer. Ali got her driver’s permit. Our friend Jill Gibson passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm…my life changed the morning I found her on her floor, passed out and in much pain. I am thankful God used me that day. I began helping at Mission of Hope one day a week.
In March, Zach turned 12. My aunt Wendy held my grandmother’s estate sale…it is such a blessing to me to have a few things of my grandmother’s. Ali, Zach and I traveled to Missouri to visit Aunt Wendy, Uncle Dirk and Grandma Edna and also sister-in-law Teresa and her family over spring break. I attended a Mary Kay conference in Minneapolis.
April began outdoor soccer practices for Zach and golf for Ali.
In May, Ali turned 15. She began driver’s education. She also had her first golf outing as a freshman. Grandma Edna turned 90. Ali tried out and made the show choir team for next school year!
In June Ali passed driver’s eduation. School got our a week later than normal, due to all the snow days we had during the school year. Ali took a gym class during summer school. We celebrated Bill’s birthday…29 again. 🙂
July was filled with a few small trips…traveling to Missouri again to see family over the weekend of the 4th with my brother Pat and his family, spending a long weekend in Chicago the middle of the month, and attending a Rascal Flatts concert there.
In August we attended the Lefebure Reunion weekend. Bill and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. School started back up…Ali as a Sophomore and Zach as a 7th grader. We went to the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa. Fall soccer started for Zach and school volleyball started for Ali. Our friend Steve Power passed away from brain cancer…he touched our lives in many ways!
September was Mission of Hope’s Hopefest and more soccer and volleyball. I began working at Mission of Hope two days a week, and agreed to being a BSF leader for this year.
October was filled with more soccer and volleyball. I was diagnosed with a neuroma in my foot, and with tendonitis in my arch. I began physical therapy to treat these areas. Had many medical tests done, including an extra mammogram for precaution.
We had a little more “down time” in November. Sports ended early in the month. We traveled to St. Louis with my brother Pat and his family over Thanksgiving break, and visited again my aunt, uncle, grandma, and sister-in-law and her family on the way home. Bill’s hours increased greatly at work during November.
December began club volleyball for Ali, and indoor soccer for Zach again. Bill worked lots of hours again, and much overtime. We had a wonderful Christmas and I celebrated another birthday.
All in all, it was a good year. I saw God’s blessings in many ways! I am thankful today that we are all healthy, and that I have more good days with my foot now than bad days. I am thankful for my wonderful family…immediate and extended. I am thankful for my many wonderful friends. I am thankful for Mission of Hope. I am thankful for Bible Study Fellowship. I am thankful for God’s grace, His unconditional love and His faithfulness.
Happy 2010! May you see the hand of God in your life in many ways this year!