2008 was filled with many highs and lows--from politics to the ecomomy, and from a historic year for the Church to the Presidential elections, I believe it was definately a year for the record books. As we reflect on the last year, there have been a lot of changes in our lives... a move to a state we never thought in our wildest dreams we'd live in, Shane's new job that he loves doing every day, having a third child turning one, building our 'dream' home, and more. Words cannot express are gratitude for all of these blessings.
So far...we have tried to stay on track with everything by doing the simple yet important things like daily family prayer & scripture study. This is the glue that holds us together. Yet we feel that there is more to be done in 2009. So we each made resolutions for the year ahead. To help us not forget our new commitements, we did some fun activities New Year's Eve. Shane wrote his goals down in his planner(and a few times on paper), I beaded a bracelet with a charm, and the boys each made a fun and simple scrapbook page to remember.
The kids outside enjoying our (nearly) 70 degree weather!
Finding joy in the journey
Though we have been blessed inmeasurably this year, I know that life is a series of ups and downs and there are difficult times ahead. I don't know what they are or when they will come. I don't look forward to them. But I do know that they eventually come when we least expect it. How we respond can have a huge impact on our lives. I know that through our trials we can gain wisdom and faith if we turn to the Lord. So this year one of our goals as a family is to become better prepared both spiritually and temporaly.
Braden and Kyle's goals for the year
Our neighbors across the street have nine children! They invited us over for more goodies and fireworks to end the night. The kids had a ball. They could not keep their eyes open past 11pm, so we put them to bed and brought in the new year alone together. xoxoxo! I love you honey, go get em' this year!