Looking back and looking forward

I just realized that I haven’t written a blog post in over 2 months!  With all the holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years – we have all been very busy.

As 2016 came to a close and 2017 started new, we sat as a family and thought back to all that has happened over the year.  It was overwhelming to go through all of the changes – new jobs, new house, new school – that have impacted our family.  We’ve grown, tried new sports, needed to be sewn back together, explored many new places, lost a first tooth, both started new jobs, lost a family member, watched the Cubs finally win the World Series, started elementary school, made new friends, spent time with old friends, cried, laughed, learned how to read, learned how to swim, and moved to a new town.  It’s truly amazing all that was accomplished!

As we look forward, we already know that we will have many more new experiences.  Some of them we already know about – fun family vacations and summer baseball league.  Some will be exciting surprises.  Some will be unplanned challenges.  I look towards 2017 with optimism, hoping to be pleasantly surprised, and ready to smile.  I hope that this year is a year full of togetherness, happiness, and laughter.