I have to confess I love December as it rushes towards New Year’s Eve. The radio plays a countdown of the top songs of the year, the news programs cover the year’s memorable events, and it is a chance for me to reflect on the outgoing year as I make plans for the one to come.
2013 was a challenging year filled with both positive and negative events. February was a particularly difficult month. My son was poked in the eye at a basketball game. He ended up with a blood clot in his eye and had to end the basketball season prematurely as he was put on complete bed rest, getting up only for visits to the doctor where the pressure in his eye was monitored regularly. He has permanent damage to his eye, but we are so grateful for the many skilled doctors that gave him timely care. One week after Jeremy’s injury, a blizzard hit our region, and thousands of people lost power. When our power was restored within 24 hours, my sister and her family came to stay with us. They lost power for almost a week, and our children missed several days of school. Next, my grandmother broke her hip and had an extended hospital stay. She lives in Arkansas so we missed her and made regular phone calls to check her health. Fortunately, she made a rapid recovery and I heard she was dancing at a family wedding in October!
In April I had the opportunity to chaperone a school trip to Dublin, Wales, London, and Paris. I took hundreds of pictures and enjoyed seeing international landmarks, including Shakespeare’s birth place, St. Patrick’s church, and The Eiffel Tower. We were in Wales when the Boston Marathon occurred; as I live just south of Boston the news hit home for many of us on our trip. I was on the steps of St. Paul’s cathedral in London just hours after Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. I was so grateful my husband was willing to spend his vacation time taking care of the home front while I was away. I hope to go on another trip soon!
The summer was welcome after a long cold winter, and it was a productive season for the family. Our daughter completed eighth grade and had many memorable activities, including field day, a promotion dance, and graduation ceremonies. In July and August she participated in a residential summer program held at a local college. She made new friends and took part in two performances. Meanwhile, my son took his driving lessons, and I completed my Master’s Degree in teaching at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. In July I had the chance to attend She Speaks, a Proverbs 31 conference for female writers and speakers. I made some new friends, and heard two of my favorite authors Holley Gerth and Emily Freeman speak. In 2013 I had about 6 articles published.
Returning to school in the fall is always a defining moment in the family, and this year my husband returned to school full time to study computer technology. This has been a passion of his for some time, so he is thrilled to have a new career. This comes with some challenges as we don’t have his income and we have additional bills to pay for his tuition. God has been faithful to provide for our needs and has blessed us with many opportunities. Our daughter Summer started high school and played volleyball, and both children are great students and beginning to define their future.
As always, I am so grateful to God for answered prayer this year. My guiding verse was Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” He led me every step of this year’s exciting journey; I look forward to what next year will bring!