Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 in a nutshell

Wow...I cannot believe that 2009 is coming to a close. The most exciting thing? On Friday I can say "I am getting married THIS YEAR". Although for teachers we usually think of years in August to June type situations, there ARE times when we use the calendar year.

I thought I would recap the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2009. Well...mostly the good and the bad. And although there was definitely bad (especially when it comes to my checkbook) the main thing that I want to remember is that it could have been worse. For the most part, my family and friends are happy, safe, and healthy and that is the most important thing to me.

That doesn't, however, mean that I didn't get frustrated by "the bad".

So here it is:

The Bad
February-My furnace broke and I had to buy a new one. $$$

July-My hot water heater broke and I had to buy a new one. $$

September-I got in a car accident in my 3 week old car and had to pay the deductible*. $

September-I had a sewer leak in my garage and it destroyed my garage and ruined all my stuff in the garage and I had to pay a deductible*. $$

December-I had a pipe burst in my garage and it ruined my garage and my entire kitchen and I had to pay another deductible*. $$

*Although I did have to pay 3 deductibles (which is a lot for me), I do have to remember that it would have been much worse if it wasn't for insurance (like over $20,000 worse!)

The Good*
March-I got to visit sister-Erin in Morocco!

May-Adam and I got engaged and started planning a wedding (although this is also crazy expensive it is a good thing!).

April-Bridget got married to Tony and they are very happy.

November-Zander was born and Mom and baby are healthy

All year! We started working on Adam's house and progress is made all the time (even though it is crazy the end we will have a beautiful house to begin our life together).

*Of course there was lots of other "good", but those were the big things!

Prayers as we begin a new year.
-I pray that my mom is able to find an answer to her pain and she can go back to living the life she wants to lead.
-I pray for Erin and Ted to stay strong through their battle with infertility and God gives them a baby to love and raise in a happy home.
-I pray for Aunt Judy to heal and for their family to stay strong through all of the hits they have taken.
-I pray for my sister to stay safe as she finishes her tenure as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and for her to make smart decisions and come home safe to us.

I pray that my family and friends stay safe, happy, and healthy in the new year. And I especially thank God for everything He has given me, especially family and friends. I can handle what He gives me because I know He is always there.