Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year

I can hardly believe it'll be 2006 in just minutes. What's even stranger to me is that my family is just starting their day! Ahhh... the joys of adjustments. I often find myself hanging up the phone realizing that my family probably wouldn't appreciate a call at 2am their time. We continue to make strides in our adjustments but at times like these it is difficult to be so far away.

This is the first New Year's Eve (since marrying) that Mike and I will celebrate alone. We always were with our 'kids' for a lock-in and it seems strange sitting here together waiting for the clock to run down. Unfortunately we waited too long to prepare and struggled to find the snacks we wanted for the festivities. Again... the joys of living in another culture. You never know what you'll find in the grocery store. NYE is not celebrated here like in the states so no big parties or ball droppings which again seemed very weird to me.

I love NYE and today I realized why. My first NYE with Mike was our first kiss and since then... it's always been special to me. I was so grateful to actually be able to kiss my hubby when the clock struck midnight.

I spent a lot of time today reflecting on this past year and all that has taken place. I'm so grateful for many things but was also saddened by how much I have yet to learn. My spiritual walk was tested many times and I look back and realize how many times I didn't trust God and it broke my heart. He has done so much for me and has never let me down but yet I still doubted His plans, His timing. I pray this next year finds me drawing closer to Him and growing in my faith and trust. I also realized how often I didn't see God in all the good things that happened and tended to take the glory myself. I have reminded myself so much these past few weeks that it's only with God that 'All things are possible' and I will continue to do that this year. That's again why I started this blog.... to notice how God works in every day.

So as I say each year... this past year was full of up's and down's but each one taught me a lot about myself and as I look back on everything, I'm very grateful for how I've grown.

PS. This photo is a tribute to the best thing that happened this past year.

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