thank you 2008.
you gave me first steps and first words.
you gave me letters - for reading and writing.
and numbers for counting and adding (with fingers, of course).
you gave me a one year old and a four year old.
you gave me pigtails on my two girly-girls. (two sets of hair to do each morning.)
you gave me a quiet picture book looker.
you gave me a silent coloring queen. (that stays in the lines ... when she wants to.)
you gave me a crazy screamer ... that enjoys hearing her voice ... out LOUD.
you gave me more glimpses into my thinker ... that takes in and absorbs everything.
you gave me realization that minimalized camping trips are as wonderful as extensive vacations.
you gave me hope for my country.
you gave me far reaching friends.
you gave me my family ... and helped me to remember that i should never take them for granted.
you gave me the ability to reflect and write about my life.
you gave me more time with a best friend (and her new daughter and her husband) than i have had in years.
you gave me rememberance that i have a husband that loves me. completely.
you gave me so much. and so much more that i don't have time to describe here ... because i am still in the midst of soaking it all in.
thank you, 2008.
welcome 2009. we eagerly await what you have to offer.
happy new year to all of you out there.
i wish you loads of love. and laughter. and life.
and the ability to never take any of it for granted.one down ... three to go.
(i'm sure someday she will hate me for the fact that i take pictures of her when she's asleep. poor baby. but it's nice to catch her in a peaceful moment ... since most of my photos of her look like a streak of pink and purple.)
note to self ... continue to read about how to adjust settings on my new camera.