This year has been bumpy with family and friends taking ill or passing away. Our little family has certainly had its share of trials as we work out what it means to be married, to be parents, to live as a family.
I am grateful for how extensively we were able to travel-- Alan, Lucy and I have seen the majesty of the Pacific Ocean and the balmy beaches of the Florida Gulf, and family in New Jersey and Washington. We've had a parade of relatives come through our home in Kentucky as well.
And we've produced so much! Hundreds of meals, repairs to our car and appliances, socks and hats and mittens, school papers, soap, cheese. We were fortunate to participate in the growing of a garden and share child care with generous friends. We've studied out catechism, fleshed out our theology, taken the time to contemplate the mysteries of God.
Alan and I have had so much time together, to really have fun and grow closer together. I've never had a better friend than my husband, who is my closest companion and trusted confidant. To see him complete another two semesters of school and to raise our daughter together made this year one to cherish regardless of other circumstances.
Despite a world full of turmoil and the bad economy, for the most part its like we've been resting on a little island of peace. I think if nothing else I end this year knowing God still has me clutched tightly in the palm of His hand.
Happy New Year!
Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it were nine o'clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you'd only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!'