Friday, January 1, 2010

Ringing in the New Year

We had such a good time last night with friends and family, we literally didn't even notice as midnight came and went.  2009 was such a great year for us.  Here are some of the highlights:
  • Getting married...this one was a no-brainer!  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and loving husband who just plain gets me.  I love him more every day and it makes it even more sweet that he has gotten closer to my family and friends lately.  I love this life we have together!
  • Moving in together.  I know it's a stretch, a lot of people do this before they get married (and trust me I'm not against it, it just wasn't for each their own :)  It's pretty fun learning new things about each other.  Being married definitely requires a team effort...and I think we make a good team
  • Getting our puppy!  Champ has been awesome and is always a ball full of energy.  Seriously, this dog is crazy.  Crazy and smart, which is cool with me.
  • Our first married Thanksgiving and Christmas with family.  It was really special for us, and I am so thankful to have family on both sides that are flexible.  They make it so easy for us. 
  • God blessing me with a new job.  This has taken a load off our shoulders because I don't have to drive as far and I love what I am teaching now.  Let's just cross our fingers that the economy will hold out and I'll be stuck there next year too :)
  • Having such great friends!  Our friends are the best.  Hands down!  We have friends that travel the freakin country to see us and friends that would drive 1 block to see us.  We don't deserve all that we have, and we know it.  To have such great friends that are always there is such a blessing and I am so thankful for that.  I love the time we have spent with friends lately.  Even something as simple as playing board games with other couples has come to be one of my new favorite things. 
Sometimes I find myself having a pity party (we all do it!...nobody can judge.)  It's times like these where I get a chance to sit and reflect on all that God has given us.  As I sit here in my warm house (when it is 2 degrees outside) watching my tv, while my husband sleeps peacefully, I know that today is a gift.  In the spirit of are mine:
  1. Stop biting these darn fingernails!  2010 is the year!!
  2. Spend more down time with Timothy and friends
  3. Make it to Oklahoma...finally :)
  4. Go to church more
  5. Let the people in my life know that I love them and appreciate them...often.
  6. Keep a positive attitude, even when it is hard.
  7. Accept the things I cannot change.  There are some things in life that happen because of other's choices...these are things that I definitely do not need to worry about...and I feel like I wasted too much of 2009 worrying.
  8. And the healthy.  This is unlike last year in which I had the wedding as motivation and a goal to work towards.  This year I am not concerned with weight.  I am more concerned with being healthier and feeling better about myself.  Time to break out that giant water bottle again. 
  9. See my family more often...they only live 25 miles away for cryin' out loud!  My mom will appreciate this for sure...
  10. Save more $, give more love...We are saving to build a new house, and we are finally in a position where we can save save save...and I'm excited about that.  We might not have a ton of money to give, but I do have time and energy that I could be putting to better use.  And I am going to work hard in 2010 to make sure that people know we love them!! 
Here's to a great 2009 and an even better 2010.  We love you all and are so blessed. 


  1. Love this recap on your life and 2009, and your focus and determination in the new year.

    Happy 2010. I hope you accomplish all your goals!