Monday, December 29, 2008


It's the end of another year. I didn't have any personal goals written down anywhere that I can look back at so I'm thinking about the blessings that came our way.

  • We all celebrated another birthday. My mother celebrated her 87th birthday and one of my sisters celebrated 50.

  • My oldest receive nearly a full scholarship to attend a private prep school in the area. He's completed his first semester, with nearly all A's, including ones in high school Latin and Algebra.

  • My oldest is playing JV basketball, one of only two 8th graders to ever do so at his school. (The other is his best friend. They made history together.)

  • My middle son graduated from pre-kindergarten and began kindergarten. He is learning to read.

  • My youngest was given a three-year reprieve by his cardiologist at his last checkup. (He had surgery in 2006.)

  • We traveled to Atlanta to visit the in-laws. My oldest stayed for a month and attended a basketball camp.

  • I traveled to Destin, FL for the Faith & Fiction retreat, where I put faces to some names, met some of my favorite authors, made a few friends, and had a great time.

  • I never gave up on losing weight, even if I didn't accomplish much by way of the scale. But I learned just how hard I'm going to have to work to make any real dent in my weight loss goal. Knowledge is power.

  • I learned that I was severely anemic and vitamin B-12 deficient. I now take supplements for both and have lights years more energy than I used to. Again, nothing like a little knowledge.

  • My middle and youngest sons got involved in competitive sports, playing two seasons of Pony baseball.

  • We went to the beach.

  • We visited Christmas Lane, a holiday light and decorations extravaganza in our area done out of the goodness of a homeowner's heart.

  • We survived another hurricane season with very little rain in these parts.

  • My brother had two car accidents. He survived both.

  • We struggled financially but praised God as He made way after way, which He did EVERY time.

  • We linked up with a new church organization from which we are learning some organizational and operational things that will be implemented when we resume our own services.

  • I started this blog and continued my writing blog.

  • I began writing a novel that feels like it's all over the place right now and won't turn me loose until I finish it. Things to do in 2009...

  • I placed among the 12 finalists for a writing mentorship sponsored by a literary agency.

  • I volunteered for the Obama campaign and knocked on hundreds of doors, something I never thought I would do. (He won.)

  • I became an elected official myself when I ran unopposed for precinct committeeperson. (Whatever it took to help Obama. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm supposed to do.)

  • My husband had a short-lived but well-received Christian radio program locally. Listen for more from him in the year to come.
There's so much more I could say but this sums it up, I think. What do you have to be thankful for in 2008?

Peace & Blessings,


Chicki said...

That sounds like a good year to me. You have a lot to be thankful for!

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Patricia W. said...

I do, Chicki. We all do.

Hi, Thankful Paul. Thanks for stopping by.