Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy new year

It's 6:48 a.m. on New Year's Day, and I'm sure only the parents of small children are awake right now.

I've been thinking a lot about this new year. I often feel overwhelmed about what I have to accomplish, let alone the unknown of what might come up. A new baby in March, numerous work challenges as we close out a fundraising campaign, renovations to our condo, Jeremy finding his best footing in his new job, we securing a good preschool for Jack, and finding time not only for our little family but for our wider family and friends.

Yesterday, a profoundly sad moment happened - the good friends of my sister and brother-in-law lost their unborn baby, after they took every step they could - including in utero surgery. They are really good people, and I can't help but ask God, why them? The only comfort is knowing that everything happens for a reason, and I pray that these friends, through their faith, will find peace. Unfortunately, it takes critical moments like these to make me stop for a second and remind me of the blessings I have in life, like these two:

A toast to the new year at Chalkboard, December 31, 2010

Everyone has their challenges for 2011 - may you have a strong foundation and many blessings to take you through this year. Celebrate the joys of everyday life and enjoy some good food along the way. That's my wish for you and me on this early dawn of a new year.

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