A Happy New Year to everyone out there! I hope everybody had a great holiday season spent with family, food, friends, and most of all, love. My Christmas was excellent – I was blessed to be able to spend Christmas with both my in-laws and my immediate family – in the same house! My New Years was a bit quieter. My sister and brother in-law came down on New Years Eve and we went to dinner together (and met an amazing waitress with an even more amazing story – Hi, Kimberly!) and came home and were all asleep before 2300. Fireworks in our neighborhood at midnight woke me up long enough to roll over and mumble a sleepy “Happy New Year” to the Husband, after which I promptly went back to sleep and didn’t move again until a lovely and decadent 0800. It was bliss.
Now it is January 2, which I qualify as the first “real” day of the new year. Yes I know, the first day of the year is obviously January 1, but I find most people (myself included) don’t really count it when they are planning their resolutions or diets or what have you. You’ve stayed out too late the night before, you might have imbibed in one too many glasses of champagne at midnight, and hey – it’s pork and sauerkraut to ring in the new year!
Which brings me to today. I don’t do resolutions – they are basically a list of things I won’t accomplish – but this year I’ve made one decision for 2014. I will wake up every morning thanking God for the day. Not asking for anything, not grumbling, not wishing I could go back to bed. Each day is a gift, and in the midst of everything else going on in my life right now, I need to remember that. I have a family who loves me, a wonderful Husband, the cutest stepson on the planet Earth…I have two eyes to see what I’m typing, two hands to type these words, the knowledge to read and write and comprehend. I have a Savior who died for my sins and gave me the gift of eternal life. What more could I possibly ask for?
Happy New Year, friends! Here’s to a great 2014!