Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Ok, so I've got to say that I'm not really very upset about seeing 2008 in the rear-view mirror! The year started off great as we went on a cruise to celebrate our son's upcoming May graduation from high school. We had a fantastic time and made some fun memories! I'm very grateful for that time together.

Seth had a great spring baseball season and had several colleges interested in him playing for them. After months of agonizing, he really felt the Lord leading him to go to The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Seth returned to Mongolia this summer on the same mission trip that Sarah, Seth, and I participated in the previous summer. He has had a great fall at UMHB and is looking forward to baseball season in just a few short weeks.

Sarah is finishing up her senior year in college and will graduate in May. She spent the summer in NYC doing her internship with an event planning company called Paint the Town Red. She had a fabulous time and gained a lot of valuable experience. Tara, one of her best friends, sorority sisters, and roommates, also had an internship in NYC, so they roomed together at NYU. Sarah's boyfriend and two of their good friends came up for a long weekend visit. We were so happy for her to have had this opportunity. We are excited to see what lies ahead after her May graduation.

Ok, so in retrospect, maybe 2008 has been a pretty good year. Financially, it has not been too great, as my DH has his own business and the struggling economy hit his business long before it hit Wall Street. It has been interesting to say the least, BUT having taken a few minutes to reflect on the highlights, I am reminded how good God is and know that He has been faithful to bring us through another year inspite of tough economic times.

We have been blessed with sweet family times, lots of fun memories, and the blessings that come with being surrounded by people who love each other and enjoy spending time together! Ok, 2009, bring it on! I am confident that God will continue to be faithful, and even though we live in uncertain times, I'm going to hold on to Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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