Thursday, December 31, 2009
Nine Highlights of 2009
1. 2009 began with such hope and happiness. We got a new president! Remember his inauguration day? What a joy-filled and hopeful time! I was thrilled that Obama became our president. I still am. I am happy I voted for him and would do it again. Don’t forget where we came from… what Obama inherited was a big, stinking mess. I now look forward with hope (Obama’s influence) instead of with dread and shame (the Bush era)!
2. In 2009 I changed the focus of my blog. I used to concentrate on my quilting, so most of my readers were quilters. This year I began to expand my discussions into the daily goings-on of my life… sometimes quilting, sometimes everything else. I started talking more about my faith and my thoughts. I lost some readers because of the change from a quilty focus. But I gained other readers. I’m happy with the way my blog has evolved. To be honest, I’m shocked that I have so many readers! And I love that! It feels like a huge compliment that people come here to read my humble little blog.
3. I got a new camera in ’09, and I totally love it. I’m still learning its little tricks and magical qualities. I love taking photographs!
4. My friend M’s baby, Emmy, almost died in early 2009! She was very seriously ill. Now she is lively, robust, and full of life. What a joy!
5. Hubby and I decided to start the process to adopt a teenager. Then we changed our minds and decided not to do it. I still feel a little sad that we are not doing this, but it feels right for us and the stage of life we are in. I will try to help in other ways… am still pondering what this might mean.
6. One of the all-time happiest days of my life occurred in July, 2009. Our son got married! We love our daughter-in-law, and the wedding was fabulously happy, loving, and fun. It spoke beautifully to their values and life dreams. It warms a mommy’s heart to see her child find great happiness in life.
7. Both our adult children found new jobs this year (son graduated from college, a joy in itself, and then found a job, which is nearly a full-fledged miracle). Both are doing well and are appreciated and valued by their bosses. This warms a mommy’s heart, too!
8. Quilting - continued happily with this hobby. I made some awesome, quilted paraments for the pulpit and altar at church. Big job, but worth the effort. With friends, made a quilt for a girl who lost everything in a fire. Won third place in a quilt contest held in New England! And made my usual commitment to quilts for kids all over the world.
9. Travel: Participated on another mission team week with my church. These trips are always a good opportunity for gaining insight into oneself, teamwork, learning compassion, doing some helpful work to benefit others, and learning about another culture and even a different geographical region. I have never regretted attending these mission weeks. Went to the lake cabin with B. I love that place! Hubby and I had fun in Philadelphia when my conference there was done.
On to 2010 and a new decade! May we all enjoy good health, happiness, and find ways to help one another and make this world a better place!