Tomorrow will be 2009. It's hard to believe the year has come to an end. 2008 has been a good year for us.
We prepared to transfer from Maryland to the South..no more snowy winters! As anxious as we were to embark on a new journey, we were very very sad to say goodbye to so many friends and family.
My husband was commissioned a Chief Warrant Officer in the US Navy. He went to Rhode Island for training and we went to stay with my mom in the Northeast. The first few weeks we spent in the rain. It rained for a three days straight and then the temperature dropped to 6 below. Ccccccold!
We began our drive down south. We started out on a chilly day of just barely above freezing and began to remove layers as the temperature slowly rose to 81 degrees! We were sweating and happy! Our move was a bit stressful as we had no idea if we would be able to get into post housing and the only arrangements for living was a hotel that we could only reserve for 3 days before we would have to find somewhere else to stay. Because God is so good, just one hour from our destination we got a call from the housing office that a house was waiting for us. When we saw it we praised God even more. It is a beautiful home and big enough for all of us. We were off to a good start.
We traveled back to Maryland for my oldest's Confirmation. He wanted to make his Confirmation with his friends and classmates. He took the name of St. Luke and it was awesome to watch the Bishop impart the Holy Spirit to him. It was a wonderful trip and we were able to see our friends and stay with a one of the best families I know.
We spent the next six months acclimating to the sun and fun of the southeast. My littlest learned to dive off the diving board! To watch your 7 year old, who weighs all of about 5 cents, jump off a 10 foot high dive is heart stopping to say the least.
We started school again in September and were blessed to find a great home school group and the kids have made many friends. We are finally starting to get, what I call, settled. We have met so many beautiful, warm and friendly people here. I have much to thank God for this year. Just as the kids educational life is being nurtured here, I am confident that our spiritual life will be nurtured as well.
It is always exciting to begin a new year. Our family resolution is to pray together more. We have begun working in an hour of family time after dinner. No t.v., no technology..just us..reading or praying together. My prayer for the New Year..help us keep this going Lord! During this time I have an opportunity to observe my children in a different way. I love it when they plan out the Rosary on their own. Who will say what decade and such. It is a beautiful thing. Happy New Year and God Bless all of you!
Leave your resolutions in the comments if you'd like. I'd love to hear them and include your prayers in our family prayer time.