2011 is over one second past 11:59:59 tonight.
I'm glad it's done, but I'm cautious about what
2012 will bring.
The Mayan calendar means nothing to me,
but I don't feel right about expecting 2012 to be glorious for any reason.
I do, however, hope -
I also, somehow, thank.
I'm thankful we moved to Chicagoland, as hard as it's been to be here,
and I hope we can continue to appreciate a place we know just isn't our home.
I'm thankful we made such good friends this year, and I hope
we can stay in contact with our many old, good friends and meet more new, good friends.
I'm thankful we got the chance to see family as much as we did this past year,
and I hope we can still seem them often next year.
I'm thankful I got to spend as much time with my Dad before he died, and
I'm hopeful (and SO thankful) that I'll get to see him in Heaven again.
I'm thankful for the new babies that came into the world for many of my friends this year
(I just met Cade - WHAT a cutie! but I have some catching up to do with Mollie, et. al. in the future),
and I'm hopeful that my many other friends will bring healthy babies into the world when
they have theirs this year.
I'm thankful for the friends of mine who brought babies home from other families
or countries via adoption,
and I'm hopeful that, in some way or another, God will bring us children sometime soon.
I'm thankful for the job I've had here at the school, and I'm
hopeful that God will continue to provide for us.
I'm thankful that God has been providing John the ability to join the U.S. Army,
and I'm hopeful that He will also provide me with the crazy amount of patience I'll need to deal with that fine, monstrously huge institution.
I'm thankful God has provided me with so much comfort, and
I hope He instills in me his perfect joy.
I'm thankful for all that was good in 2011,
and I'm hopeful for much good to happen in 2012.