Happy New Year, Friends!
As I write this, the Christmas tree is still fully decorated, and glowing brightly in the next room. I’m not quite ready to pack it all away just yet. The snow is falling quickly outside, making me feel cozy and content on my brown couch. These quiet moments make me feel as though I can slow down time, just a bit, before plunging ahead into a new year. I love the time between New Year’s and the start of school…a few days to savor the quiet and shift into forward motion.
It’s also the time of year when WordPress sends me a lovely, animated email to summarize my blogging statistics from the past year. It’s quite helpful, as it tells me which subjects that appeal to you, my dear readers, and how you find your way to my cozy little cyber-space. Finally, it allows me to celebrate the posts that resonated most, and consider topics for the coming year. Lots of bloggers like to share these kinds of stats as they transition to the year ahead.
I’m going to share statistics with you…but not those. Below are the 2013 statistics that matter most…to me…
23 Years of Marriage to my very best friend, (and the most handsome, wise and kind gentleman I know!)
19 Years with Annie, our college sophomore whose wisdom and intuition inspire me. She is going to be a great teacher.
17 years with Bill, our high school junior, who has displayed sound judgment and strong leadership (and has entertained us greatly, on stage and off…)
4 Days in New York City during the summer…making great memories, seeing two shows, touring museums, and eating HUGE portions of chocolate cake.
5 States visited to teach church leaders about how to reach families affected by disabilities. (Furthest: NEBRASKA!!) As always, l learned more than I taught, and I met the most wonderful, funny, talented people…and laughed until my sides hurt.
1 publishing contract…which means 1 step closer to accomplishing a lifelong goal of writing a book. (Special thanks to my mom, who always believed I could do it, and to Mrs. Manley, my fourth grade teacher who gave me extra time for creative writing.)
3 generations in my living room during Thanksgiving break.
1 Completely Awesome Day when THIS happened…
12 years with Mitzie. Seriously. The best dog in the universe.
1 Great God…from whom all blessings flow.
Wishing you JOY, my friends, and a new year FILLED with statistics worth remembering.