Can I just say that I am ready for 2013 to end?
I was looking through some posts from the year last night and wowza, what a year for us.
This year was one of those hard years where the phrase " can't catch a break" gets used multiple times. Jeff was in school and away. I was working and stressed. The kids were dealing with their neurological issues and a mom who was just barely making it to bedtime. Oh me oh my!
As tough as this year was, I am glad we had this year. My pride doesn't prevent me from covering up the struggles we've had. Some have been announced here on the bliggety-blog, others are a little more personal and don't need to be shared. The majority of events that have occurred in our lives, I have shared with you--my outlet. I write to sort out my thoughts and calm my spirit. My pride wants me to share our struggles, our laughs, our goofs to show you that I'm human. No one is perfect. I make mistakes. I laugh at myself. I cry over life events. I celebrate by typing in ALL CAPITALS. Life isn't about what you're wearing, what you're eating, or the latest product that you like.
I am proud to have made it through this year above all other years that have been lived so far.
This year tested my patience, my pride, my wallet, my heart, my faith, my mental capacity...2013 made me see how truly strong I am. And not just physically strong. I mean, I know I'm strong, but most moms are. Only a mom can balance a squirming one-year-old on her hips while stirring dinner on the stove, talking on the phone, and directing a crazy 4-year-old (who is wearing a cape) to stop jumping off the couch.
But I feel like this year, I've come into my own. Sure, I've had my ups and downs, but today I can take a step back and feel very good about the person I've become. This year helped mold me into that, more than any other years.
So get out of here 2013! Good riddance! I will not have fond memories of you, but I will have memories of pride for when I cleared that next obstacle, when my children did something amazing, or when we laughed until our faces hurt.
With the start of my Christmas break on Friday (I love working in academics), I will probably be a little scarce around the ole bliggety-blog. But I wanted to shout it from the rooftops (blogtops?) that I wish all of our family, friends and readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2014.
Twenty Fourteen! 2014 is going to be another big year you guys! I already know it will be and you all will just have to keep reading to find out why :)
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