Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: A Year in Review

Here we are at yet another new years eve and I am naturally contemplating the happenings of the past and my hopes for the future. 2011 has been an eventful year:

February- Our apartment flooded
July- We moved into a sweet little house; I made life altering health choices
September- We celebrated our first anniversary

Well, that list is shorter than it feels like it should be, however, that's only when I consider the really big "noteworthy" happenings, and only those in which occurred within our little Price unit. We celebrated safe returns from deployments, new life, and beginnings of great new adventures along with our families, but for the events that took place among our two person, one dog family, the above four landmarks have changed us.

Back in February, the flood seemed to own my life. It was hard, to say the least. But it's true what they say- time heals all.
Lessons learned:
  • possessions are of this world, they come and go, so don't place too much weight in them.
  • Relationships are valuable; you'll find refuge in the most unexpected places when you value your friendships as they should be.
  • Patience- to be okay where and when we are presently.
  • Fortitude- there are going to be hard things, but if you keep your head down and tough through them, you'll find a reason in time
  • Contrary to popular belief, God does give us more than we can handle. But it's because we're supposed to give those burdens back to Him in trust.
  • God is sovereign and we need to be obedient.
The blessing in the form of a rental house has been indescribably instrumental to our recovery to normalcy from the chaos and uncertainty that followed the flood. The employees of the apartment complex, the neighbors, the feeling of complete vulnerability and insecurity was more than I could handle. Our sweet little house has made me feel safe again. I'm sure that's a huge relief to my amazing husband, because paranoia does not become me...

Those health choices- I have had some demons that I've been dancing with for a number of years now and I've finally taken real action to own my life over them. I have eliminated the sweets from my diet entirely and now eat on a regimented schedule. I know this sounds simple and silly to some of you, but I can hardly describe the havoc I was reeking on my body before I implemented those changes and the negativity that ate constantly at my mind because of it. I am 6 months "clean", if you will, and I have never felt better in my life. I've also started riding my bike and that has only helped.

And best of all this year, our anniversary! I know I can gush enough about Grady to write a whole volume of books, but let it be said that he is the most loyal, patient, loving, and kind man I have ever known and living a life with him daily delights me. With all of the struggles and hard times, he's been more supportive than I could have imagined. It is obvious to me the God created my husband with me in mind- Grady has been tailor made to my needs. I love him more everyday than I did the day before (a concept that never ceases to amaze me).

As for my 2011 resolutions, I am proud to report that I succeeded. Many of them in round about ways that were not my expectation or plan; nevertheless, God clearly wanted to reinforce my resolutions through everything we've experienced this year. I indeed find myself a different woman than I was a year ago and I think that's how it should be.

2012 Resolutions:
Continue to hold strong to the healthy choices.
Continue to hone joyful obedience within my heart
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Become more homemade and less store bought

1 comment:

rebecca said...

i think that is a lovely year in review and great lessons learned. remember that no great decision you make for yourself is silly. they may seem small to others but as long as you value them, then that's what matters. hope this new year presents you with less flooding and more grace. <3 you