Happy (almost) New Year!

Well, it’s not all balloons, confetti, and roses at our house this New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, the little man is not the only sick person in the house. Now, all three of us have the COD (cold of death). Fortunately, the Sudafed is actually working and I don’t feel like passing out from lack of oxygen anymore. The hubby is feeling the ick coming on. What a way to celebrate. At least we have one special item in the house – an entire bottle of champagne that Nate and I will be consuming all by ourselves tonight. I’m going to try to convince him to get a second bottle while he’s at the store.

I have to admit, for our family, 2011 wasn’t too bad. The first half was pretty stressful. There was a lot of uncertainty about it. I didn’t love working with a weird schedule. Nate was stressed at work and traveling a lot. We were kind of flailing. There is a great C.S. Lewis quote that describes my life at any given moment. “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” I believe that I fall into the second category most of the time. Usually I do it my way until I’ve become completely lost in the brambles or I’ve completely messed up everything. Then, I pray for God to intervene. I’ve been very blessed in my life that there have been very few times when He has not intervened for me. Fortunately, we were blessed again and God intervened for us and put our life back on track or, at least, offered a little boost and some clarity.

I’m definitely one of those people who look at the New Year like a new start. Not necessarily a “do-over” but a chance to reset my mental clock. From fixing what I’m eating, to starting yoga again (yep, I did sign up for a class that starts in mid-January), to setting some goals for myself, I feel ready to explore all of the possibilities. I’m taking this opportunity, this “break” from the world of work, to figure out (amidst the work of a stay-at-home mom) to figure out what the heck I want to do with this life I have. What’s next? I’m not really sure. We’ll see what 2012 holds.

Here’s to a happy, productive, and fulfilling New Year. “May you live all the days of your life.” Jonathan Swift.