(my husband Doug took these pictures of the kids and I this afternoon)
What a year it has been.
Back on January 1, 2011, at the prompting of my sweet friend Susan of 5 Minutes for Mom, I chose 3 words that I hoped would encapsulate my year.
Those 3 words were Hope, Joy and Thankfulness.
I must admit that 2011 has been a hard year and honestly those weren't the first words that sprang to mind when I was thinking about writing this post.
But despite the difficulties I think 2011 really has been filled with hope, joy and much thankfulness and I think that is pretty amazing.
In the past year we've dealt with a lot of craptacular things... my husband was laid off and 6 months later is still unemployed, our landlord sold the house we were living in and we had to move and couldn't find a place to live and spent a month semi-homeless, Aiden has had significant struggles with anger, Autism and school and life in general, Owen has had some pretty major struggles, my migraines have reached an all time high... and the list could go on and on... but in the midst of all that unpleasantness there has been much GOOD.
We have never gone without food. We have always had a roof over our heads. We've always had clothes to wear and a vehicle to get around in and people who love us and support us. When we weren't sure how we were going to cover the bills money would come from unexpected places. When our van door kept falling off and the heater started to die friends offered to give us their van (true story!) !! We have been incredibly blessed and God has certainly been taking care of us during this ridiculously uncertain time.
This year my friend Susan is encouraging us to chose a One Word Goal for 2012 .
The word I have chosen for 2012 is Peace.
Peace amidst the storm.
To feel peaceful in the good times and in the bad and to not let anxiety and fear take over is my goal.
A worthy goal for 2012 I think!
I will also keep my 3 words from 2011 because in my opinion you can never have enough hope, joy and thankfulness :) .
What is your One Word Goal for 2012?
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