In some ways it is good to see this year gone. Just like five years ago when we lost my DMIL, this year was long and hard. This year we lost my dad. While I know he is not hurting and is resting until Christ returns the second time, I still miss him lots and lots. During the month of December that missing has been even more so, even though we lost him in February. Hopefully with the new year, all of us will be able to move forward, no matter how slowly.
In other ways, this has been a very good year. As a family, we made changes and commitments more fully to Pathfinders–one of our church’s youth group ministries. This has meant not always being able to attend services at our home church, however we have been able to witness kids being baptized into the church and learning to love God! For that alone, it is well worth the effort.
The other commitment we made one year ago was to move back to a more traditional method of homeschooling for DS. He was struggling in the program that he was in and starting to exhibit poor choices and behaviors. With prayer and lots of help from God, we have made it through this year and he is well on his way to finishing a successful Junior year of high school. While the normal teenage acting out happens from time to time, we have our son “back” and I am so thankful.
DD has grown in so many ways this year! She is still small and slender, but emotionally she has made great strides in growing up. It is truly good to see this growth.
We have wishes for the new year and hope that while no firm resolutions will be made that all in all, we will improve our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with! I hope that we can reach more of those we come in contact with, both kids and adults, and show them there is more to life than the surface living that so many of us do just to get through a day. We hope that we will hold true to God and introduce others to Him so that one day soon we will all meet in heaven with Him!
May your new year be blessed and all that you wish it to be!