2010 was a good year, but I’d be lying if I said I was super saddened to see it go.
It’s not that I’m a negative person–quite the opposite actually. However 2010 brought some challenges our way that took us by surprise, jolted us out of our comfort zone (figuratively and literally) and faced us with some harsh realities.
On the flip side, the year brought some great memories our way. Some things that will milestone 2010 forever for us.
We bought our first home
Celebrated our first anniversary
Lew started his journey back to school and finished his CNA
And those challenging things? Well, in retrospect, they’ve done nothing but grow us more than anything and sometimes (well, most of the time) there are growing pains associated with that.
Mom’s diagnosis of Rheumatoid Vasculitis in May with a multitude of other ailments since--we’ve learned the value of family and time spent with one another regardless of circumstances.
Moving into our house while I was with mom in Virginia in one of her hospital stays–flexibility–something I need more of in my life was definitely learned here. Also the value of true friends and trust–so thankful for the friends who stepped in and literally finished packing up our apartment, loaded the U-Haul and texted me pictures to let me know all was being taken care of.
Enduring one of the coldest earliest winters in the bluegrass in our home before heat was installed. –This has resulted in an appreciation for the simple things in life. We moved into our house without hot water for about a week, but endured having no heat for much longer. We are SO thankful and blessed that we have the ability to get in our car, drive to the local big-box and purchase space heaters–a luxury many cannot afford. Was it cold? YES! Was it miserable? Only a few times was I ever miserable. (And I will not confirm or deny there was one time I looked up the AAA rates to our local Best Western here in Paris). And now having heat–ahhhh, it is marvelous!
So we bought a house, celebrated year one, Lew goes back to school, we learned the value of family, learned to be more flexible, were reminded of what amazing friends we have, and have a greater appreciation for the simple things in life.
2010, you weren’t so bad after all. (PS-stay tuned for the annual goal-posting later today!)
Bring it 2011.