Sunday, January 1, 2012


I am so ready for a new year, a clean slate.    2011 was a year I am ready to put behind me. 

I did not do 2011 very well.  Anxiety from Jacks health in late 2010 really hit me this year and it  was just one of the places I failed. 

I was not a great mom, friend, or anything else for that matter.  There were more “What If’s” , “How will we?”, and “Help” than in any year I can remember.

I hung on to some things too tight and let go of some important things too easily.  To be honest I probably should have seen a counselor.  Oops, did I say that?

I had no patience, little grace, no discipline (especially in the exercise area), almost no motivation to do anything.  I may have even had a touch of post traumatic stress (stroke) syndrome, though that even sounds a little dramatic. 

Whatever it was, I want a different 2012.
I want to love more, cover people in buckets of grace (especially my kids), worry less, control less, seize the moment, trust more, walk more, eat less and better, lunch more, give more, want less, and most of all be MORE GREATFUL for EVERY MOMENT and live in it.  Will I do all that perfect? no

They are just goals and now they are on paper.

If you don’t like pictures, stop Here…..But here’s to Counting my Blessings and being Grateful on this first day of January. 

gray and pop

New YEars

new years 5

New Years 2

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Greg and his boys

Grasyon halloween  2011

Grammy and Parker

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parker and hois mom

I am so thankful for all my blog buddies.  You make my life richer. Happy New Year!

(part of my problem is I have gone an  entire year without seeing THE MOUSE!)


Love Being A Nonny said...

here's to a great, go see MICKEY! :)

Jenn... Dan and the Clan said...

Cheers to a wonderful 2012!!!

Shana said...

Your family is so beautiful.
Here's to 2012!!!!!

Marydon said...

We are always hardest on ourselves in hind sight. Your family is just beautiful! What gems to enjoy in your kid-lings.

May your New Year be filled with many blessings & Joys.

Chris H said...

I hope 2012 is a better year for you... {{{HUGS}}}

Sue said...

Here's to a wonderful 2012! And I agree with Angela ~ go see the Mouse! We had so much fun with our grands last January at WDW that we leave again for a shorter trip in less than 2 weeks. We plan to tell the grands the night before and I am EXCITED!
You have a beautiful family ~
Happy 2012!

Buttercup said...

Wishes for all happiness and good health in 2012!

Justabeachkat said...

Happy New Year sweet friend!

You're wonderful just the way you are!


Terra said...

Your goals are super and would suit me very well too. I am sure you have been a love filled family center and strength giver this past year. Take the time to fill yourself back up in 2012. I love your blog and you too!

Mellodee said...

Try not to be so hard on yourself! You had a major upset in your life with enormous possible implications. That kind of unexpected, potentially tragic, event would affect anyone in a multitude of ways. You could not possibly have gone through it without some residual effects! I hope that 2012 brings you peace and absolutely no more of those kinds of worries.

When I say have a Happy New Year it is so much more than a catch phrase!


I wish you a wonderful 2012! Surrounded by all those gorgeous faces, how could you not? I adore your blog and always enjoy reading it, you make so many people happy! Health and happiness to you and your loved ones. xxAnnemariexx

Theresa said...

Couldn't have said it better myself:) I may print this out as inspiration for my New Year! I hope that 2012 will be the Happiest and Healthiest for all of us! HUGS!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are beautiful goals for 2012.
I pray you can reach them and be blessed in wonderful ways that you are not even aware of yet.
Happy New Year!

Justabeachkat said...

Wishing a very special 2012 for you and your sweet family.

BTW...just like my blog post tonight expresses - YOU are important to me. Thanks for your friendship.


Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I have a feeling that this is going to be a blessed year for you. When you have those "doozy" years, it only means that a great year lies ahead! Plus, a little Mickey therapy also helps but not as much as those cute littles and the big ones too!! Happy New Year, My friend!

DeanO said...

I'm sorry 2010 was such a stinker - but, such a beautiful family and wonderful goals. Happy 2012

Nezzy said...

Oh my sweet friend, please don't beat yourself up. You have lived through one very tough year and have done it with love and grace.

I faithfully read your blog...I know from where I speak!

May you be blessed with a marvelous 2012!!! :o)

Beth E. said...

I do understand...I truly do. Your post could have been written by me.

May 2012 be filled with love, joy, peace, prosperity, and good health for you and your family.

Love the pics...they all are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Very nice to meet you and I wish you many blessings in the new year. I enjoyed seeing pics of your lovely family.

Connie said...

Happy New Year!! Keep looking up to Jesus and he will restore your soul and keep ya going! I understand completely your feelings and I've been there the last couple years....hang in there and enjoy what's important and that's what all your photos were about!!

Praying for a blessed 2012~~

Lilly, Reid, Matt, and Sara said...

Hope you have a great 2012. And that you get to see the mouse. (:

Just a little something from Judy said...

Here's to 2012! I cherish new starts. I never tire of your pictures by the way. I appreciate your blog.

His Doorkeeper said...

Some years remain in our minds as worse than others but if you begin to count your you will see how much we take for granted! May the new year be a blessing! LOVE that first picture of Jack...he looks great! said...

Happy 2012 and I pray it will be a great year for you! If you get a chance get the book Choosing Gratitude (did it in a bible study this past fall and it got me through a tough time).