Wednesday, December 31, 2008

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye to 2008

The Von Trapp children, singing their cute little goodbye and goodnight song...

This has been a momentous year for me, including:

  • The death of a beloved uncle, Chuck
  • The beginning of my life as a blogger
  • My wonderful marriage to a wonderful man, Pete
  • A fabulous honeymoon in Hawaii
  • The struggles with my health (especially in the last few months)
  • The birth of a beautiful niece, Jane
  • The slow deterioration of my job

And many little good, everyday things have occurred, to be sure. Despite any negativity I've experienced this year, I still feel very, very blessed to be here, alive, loved, fairly healthy, learning, hopefully teaching and inspiring (and being taught and inspired as well), and exploring who I am, where I've been, and where I'd like to be. Yes, there have been economic hardships this year, but I still have a job, Pete still has a job, we have a roof over our heads, we can pay our bills, and I'm still able to splurge every now and then on shoes.

I'm thankful for all I have and all that I've experienced. I'm especially thankful for meeting all of my fellow bloggers and learning so much from you all. So here's to a happy, healthy, wealthy, and loving 2009!


Char said...

we all have our ups and downs - I'm sorry for your losses this year and your health issues. I pray that all becomes better in 2009 and that all of your dreams and hopes and wishes come true.

you are so right that we have to take the good and the bad and times in between that give us our riches.

Georgia B. said...

i've been honored to be right there with you for much of what you mentioned! our friendship has blossomed in 2008, and that i cherish!

We'll see what happens with the job, hah? Let's hope for the best!

Merry, blessed New Year to you and Pete and you aminals (spelled wrong on purpose) and your family!

Vana said...

Oh deary such a sweet post this was! I am so glad you are here, and that i have gotten to know you a bit...I am hopping we get to meet in person in 2009. Til than here is to you and a peaceful, healthy and joyous new year!

avant garde said...

goodbye to 2008 and anything negative, hello to another fresh year full of soooooooo many possibilities! think of it...a fresh canvas to start new ventures, friendships, continue positive experiences and love love love!!!! so glad we met even if it is only in blogland :) have fun tonight whatever you end up doing.

ELK said...

chris ~happy "sweeping" i am going to put you on my blog roll so i miss no more of your days in 2009 ....happy vibes across the miles

Claire said...

i raise a toast to newness just for you Chris...