2022 sounds like a nice, even-tempered, rational number. Here’s hoping for a good year!
Before we start looking forward , I want to celebrate the good things I remember from 2021.
December 30, 2021, yesterday, three things happened.
- The shower enclosure was installed and the pipes were repaired in my sons’ bathroom!
- I locked my keys in my car at Walmart along with my purse and phone, which made me feel extremely vulnerable, but my husband rescued me by bringing me a spare key that I didn’t know we had.
- My 26 and 18 year old sons returned safely from an impromptu and first time-ever, long and cold motorcycle journey to Colorado.
December 29, 2021. After not racing since February 2020, I ran a half marathon as part of the Snowdrop 55 hour timed race . This was after very limited training and mileage due to Covid recovery, so my finish time was pretty slow, 3:00 , but I had so much fun and I am very encouraged about making a comeback this year! It was so great to run with friends again.
November, ummm . Trying to recall. Lots of driving my youngest son to work and picking him up at night. That’s a good thing because it’s his first job and he’s doing well and learning a lot. This whole year was full of growth and changes for ALL of my sons. I’m so proud of them! Thanksgiving was also nice.
October. My birthday month is usually pretty fun, but this year I was not myself. My trip to Utah was definitely the highlight. That trip was only possible because my husband was recovered enough to be left alone. Had to deal with some post-Covid PTSD, but I did it. God continued to carry me.
August and September were extremely tough months , due to being hit hard with COVID, but I learned so much and grew in my faith . I especially discovered how much I love my husband and children when I thought I might lose them to COVID. Friends and family proved their faithfulness and love for us once again . God never failed to comfort and support us. Blogging and social media friends prayed and encouraged us and we appreciate you all so much!
Summer ? Did we have a summer ? The highlight was really my son’s highlight. His friend came to visit from Wisconsin. We went to the beach . I got sick from a virus or something after that beach trip and things went downhill from there for me as far as health. But we did enjoy celebrating a couple of summer birthdays . Oh and we learned the joys of raised bed gardening and pickling our garden harvest!
Spring was nice. We remodeled our living and dining room, celebrated the end of Bible Study with a fun party, and said goodbye to the not-very-productive school year. The wildflowers were a sign of hope that life goes on despite the election results. Easter reminded us of our living Lord who will return for us in due time. We had a great time on our anniversary trip to San Antonio.
January and February. The beginning of the year is remembered for the unusual winter storm that froze Texas and resulted in many power outages. We were cold, but we had lots of fun playing in the most snow we’ve ever seen in Texas. I almost forgot that I started my podcast in March of this year! Figuring out podcasting has been a fun learning experience.
This was a year of both tests and trials. There were many things that brought stress, but faith often grows through trials, and love is tested in challenging times. Although I feel like I’ve been through the wringer, I trust that God has a plan and a purpose for all of the suffering and pain and struggles. And I can truly say that God has provided in every situation.
In 2022, let us unite in our purpose to live in peace, serve the Lord and spread the gospel as we continue to resist tyranny and unconstitutional actions. Truth and justice must prevail. Love God, love your neighbor. Take time to smell the roses and drink the coffee. Kiss a baby.
How was your year? Would you call it a net positive? What are you looking forward to in 2022?