Today is the last day of 2015. An odd year, if you look at odd and even numbers. It has been a busy year for Wally and I. I do not really do resolutions, but I do like fresh starts, new beginnings, and hopefulness. I am lucky to be near my children, enjoying life with my husband, and enjoying good health. I take none of these things for granted.
I look around me and see others less fortunate than I right now. A few friends and family members have lost their dear husbands and others are fighting devastating cancers. Last year, these people were looking toward a fresh, new, and exciting year, and this year they are looking back and wishing they could press rewind and enjoy that dear husband with more zeal then they did, or face life without the big C hanging over their head. I am listening to your trials my dear friends and I feel your loss, pain, and heartache. I am praying for you all. You know who you are. I try to remember your path as I look at my life and I remember to appreciate where I am at this moment in time. My turn could be around the next corner, not that I dwell there. I don't. Let me reach out my hand to you now, and later I will be reaching out for yours...we are all in this together.
As I look forward to 2016, I trust there will be some exciting changes on the job front. Dell is experiencing a huge merger and contracts are ending. They either will hire me in some full-time permanent capacity, or I move on. Wally also takes on a new role at Informatica.
My oldest and his wife are building an amazing new home. They are acting as contractors and paying meticulous attention to every detail. It has been fun to watch the house take shape and now they have the sheetrock up, the texture on the walls and the painting begins. It won't be long until they move in and enjoy this amazing new home. I am so happy for their success!
My middle son and daughter in law have had to watch her mother deal with a debilitating disease, which has kept her mother away from home for months. I can't even imagine how hard these last few months have been...our prayers are with you. I was happy to see you take the girls to Disneyland for a wonderful trip during this holiday time. No doubt it helped to get away, if only for a few days.
Jen has been working at a new job this year and has been taking programming classes at night. I think she should do very well with programming as she has an amazing mind.
We have a lot to be thankful for. My parents are alive and strong and still live unassisted even as they enter their mid to late 80s. I am so blessed to have them in my life. My word for this new year is gratefulness. I am grateful to have the blessings I have in my life. I wish you all a life full of blessings. What are you grateful for at the beginning of this new year?