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Archive for December 29, 2008


It’s the end of the year and a time where one evaluates the past year and looks forward o the next.  This past year has been one of momentous change.  We sold the farm, moved to Nashville, I quit working, Mycah is staying home with me, Grey is in a new school, Henry is in his last year of grad school and I had a sobering realization that my MS is not just a dim worry in the back of my mind, but a visitor who can definitely impact our lives. 

I’ve spent the year just trying to find my way through this mess.  I say mess…but most of it was good….just tempered.  Many of the good things that we now have in place were a direct result of the one big issue we have.  You all know what it is .  I will say that MS has made me start learning to say no and has helped me to quit accepting guilt and worry over things that I have no control over.  I am not to the place I would like to be yet, but I am getting there. 

I have to say I have very selfish goals for the next year.  I am not going to say that they are resolutions, because that is just setting myself up for failure.  These are goals on my way to a better life.  They are in no particular order.

1. Get to the gym three times per week. 

2. Do yoga at home.

3. Reduce my and my family’s intake of meat by one to two meals per week and improve our consumption of whole grains and vegetables.

4. Truly manage our household finances.

5. Learn to sew.

6.  Learn to spin…..well.

7. Get through the Knitters Almanac.

8. Work on Christmas presents through the year. (could include the use of some of goal number 7)

9. Work with Mycah in preparation for Kindergarten.  Continue working with Grey to get her to grade level in reading.  (We are close!)

10. Figure out what I am going to do with my life.

11. Enjoy my girls and my husband.

12. Find a church to call home.

13. Give a more holistic approach to managing my health a fair try.

14. Go to France to see my sis and her family.

I am going to print this out and put it on the fridge.  My intention is to break these big goals down into little steps that will help me actually achieve them. I think it is a pretty ambitious set of goals, but good one that will really make a difference in my life…..and in turn a difference in my family’s happiness.  Wish me luck and say a prayer for me.  My prayer for all of you is that you reach your goals this year and find peace and happiness.