Reflecting Back

I always love this time of year. It is such a neat mixture of reflecting back and remembering what was, while looking ahead to what may be. With the start of a new year, everything feels so fresh, the possibilities endless. This is the time of year when one can set out to accomplish anything. Why, I wonder, can we not keep this feeling with us all year? I suppose we could, it would just take some effort…

Since this is the last day of the year, reflecting back seems fitting. Perhaps tomorrow, looking ahead will be in order.

2015 was a good year for our family. It was the first year in some time that we spent the entire year in the same place. (Might I just add what a pleasant change year-round income was!) That in itself is pretty impressive for us.

Rob has found a job that he thoroughly enjoys, and that makes me so happy. I think it is important to enjoy what you do. I was able to get a summer job, which enabled us to finish paying off Waldo. (Whoop!) I also worked the sugar beet harvest this fall, which was quite interesting. It had been on my “bucket list” for jobs for a few years now, so it was neat to finally be able to do it. Mostly, though, I just really enjoyed the time I was able to stay home.

I did feel bad that the kids did not get much of a summer vacation with both of us working, but they did not seem to mind. They kept themselves busy and before they knew it, it was time to head back to school. They have all done really well this year, and I continue to be amazed by just how fast they are growing up. They are as different as any kids can be, and sometimes I find it hard to believe that they are actually related.

It may not feel like we did a lot in 2015, but it feels like we accomplished a lot. No matter where the road leads us in upcoming years, I will forever be grateful for our time spent here in North Dakota.

Overall, 2015 was a really good year for us. In a way, I am sad to see it go. But there are some big changes in store for us in 2016, and one cannot help but be excited. I hope 2015 has been good to you and yours, and that you have much to look forward to in 2016!

Happy New Year!!