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2010: A Look Back

The day has come. It’s time to say farewell to 2010. In many ways it’s been a good year. In other ways it’s been a bad year. Regardless of whether it’s been good or bad, it’s been a very busy year!

The Highlights

As part of the Walmart Moms program, I was able to go to New York City…twice! The first time was briefly for a Walmart Moms relaunch/kickoff/debriefing event. I was sad that I didn’t get to see much of the city, but I more than made up for it when I returned for BlogHer in August. I’d never want to live in New York City, but I really enjoyed the sightseeing!

We began our second year of homeschooling. Though it’s not gone completely as planned, I finally found a curriculum that works well for us in Tapestry of Grace. I can’t wait to start school again on Monday!

Stargirl has flourished in music, and Bug has excelled in sports. Stargirl took up a new instrument in the guitar, and Bug took up karate. Both are doing well in their new endeavors.

I feel like we’ve finally settled into our new community after two and a half years of living here. We’ve plugged into church and our homeschool group. Life is just swimming along.

The Lowlights

Despite having a relatively good year, there were some low points. We had to say goodbye to my mother-in-law. She was a wonderful woman and we miss her dearly. Even though we know we’ll see her again someday, her absence here on earth leaves a hole.

Bug made his first trip to the emergency room this year, when he cut his lip on the bathroom counter. I’m still not sure how that happened. He received his first stitches and came through like a trooper. Hopefully we won’t repeat that experience again this year.

The only other lowlight is that I feel like I completely lost control of my schedule. Between working part time from home, homeschooling, and keeping up our family’s social schedule, I found I was neglecting me. I’m not a huge proponent of “me time,” but I was getting pretty grouchy by the end of the year. Looking back, I realize I completely neglected things that matter to me, such as reading. I’m going to work on fixing that in the New Year.

An Unexpected Twist

I’ve not written much about this because, well, I just can’t. But for reasons I cannot discuss, the last half of the year was spent scrambling to get our foster care license. We’re not quite licensed yet, but we’re close. 30 hours of foster parent training in the middle of football and soccer season made things interesting for a while (I think that’s when I officially lost control of the schedule), but it was all worthwhile. The question for next year is…will we use our foster care license (once we get it)? Only time will tell.

I hope to write more about the process of getting certified for foster care, as I had a lot of questions that I couldn’t find answers for on the internet. But I can’t and won’t write about any specific children we may take into care.

I’m looking forward to 2011. My hope is to find a balance between meeting the needs of my family, while taking care of myself. I plan to spend less time online, though I don’t think most of you will notice. I’ll still be blogging, Facebooking, and emailing, but I plan on being more focused and efficient with my use of internet time. It’s so easy to get sucked in online and realize an hour later that you’ve accomplished nothing. Not that I’d know anything about that. Winking smile 

2011 promises to be a year of big change for our family. I can’t wait to see how the year unfolds!

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