Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 - In Review

So, I haven't told you about our Christmas celebration, but I'll post about that later. I have a doozie of a story for you from our trip. But, since it's the last day of the year, I thought I'd do an end of year post.

2008 has flown by. So much has changed, so much has happened. We have experienced times of absolute joy and awe and other times of terrible sadness and loss. There was a 12 month period in 1997 and 1998 that reminds me a lot of this last year. Kinda weird that it was 10 years ago.

I felt God's presence through so much of what happened this year, and the times that I didn't feel Him? Well, I know that He was there - prodding us along, carrying us through hard times, and making sure that we didn't have more than we could handle (although it didn't seem that way at the time).

We started off the year with anticipation for the birth of Lil Major and a quiet celebration at home. Little did we know what the year would hold for us. Before January ended, I made an impromptu trip to California for my step-grandfather's funeral. The sad time turned into a very enjoyable family get together as I saw family members I hadn't seen in years.

I was able to take a quick trip back to CA in March to visit friends and family before the arrival of Lil Major. It was so much fun to hang out with everyone, including my sister and nephew, and it was the last visit before my parents moved to Kansas.

April was a crazy, exciting, beautiful, happy, scary month. We weren't expecting Lil Major to arrive until the end of the month, but my body had other plans. Just 16 hours after my parents arrived in Wichita, I was sent to the hospital, and I didn't come home until I was holding a precious baby boy 5 days later.

Just a few weeks after Lil Major arrived, tragedy found our family. We lost The Colonel's brother and his wife in a tornado west of Wichita. We spent most of the summer in shock as we grieved the loss of two special people. We learned a lot through our experiences, and The Colonel and I drew closer to each other and our new little family.

When it was time to return to work after maternity leave, I chose to quit my job (that I hated anyway) and accept an offer for part time work with a local aircraft company. The best of both worlds! I got to spend 4 days a week with my son, and still make a decent living working 3 days a week.

It was hard to get "back to normal," if that's possible, but that's what I tried to do in August as I traveled back to CA again for a family wedding a longer visit with friends. The time went by quickly, but I had so much fun. And Lil Major turned into quite the traveler!

After thinking that I would be working 3 days a week for the long haul, the economy took a dive, and I found myself without a job. The sudden change caused me some anxiety, but I'm so thankful to be able to stay home with the boy. And I'm on the lookout for some work-from-home stuff that I can do.

Before we knew it, the holidays were here...and now they've almost passed us by. The year flew by! And I know that time is not going to slow down. Lil Major is growing so fast, and we are enjoying him so much.

Some things that happened in 2008 make me want to say that I can't wait to start over in 2009. But, I will never wish 2008 away -- it's the year that made me a mom, that brought my husband and I closer together, that saw my parents move closer to all 3 of us kids, that we lost loved ones - who we will see again one day. Who knows what 2009 holds for us...I guess we'll have to see where we are in 366 days.

The year is ending in just a few hours (at least in our neck of the woods), so I'm off to enjoy the final moments with my husband...if we can make it til midnight, that is! Happy New Year!


Eliza said...

Wow! You have had a tumultuous year! I hope this one is quieter and more restful.

Carolyn said...

What a year you have had -- from the depths of grief to the highs of being a new parent. I started reading your blog a few weeks ago ... I am a Kansas gal as well, although a bit older than you. Just wanted to stop by say Hi, and wish you are wonderful and memorable New Year.

Sara said...

What an eventful year! Sadness but great joy too. Great recap!

abbagirl74 said...

Happy New Year!

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Terri said...

Happy 2009 Sally, Lil Major and Colonel! Wishing you the best.

Jenni said...

Life is such a crazy patchwork of joy and sorrow and everything in between. God is there for us through it all, though. I am glad you know that and look to Him in times of happiness or trouble.

If you are interested in a temporary part time job with flexible hours, you may want to check into a census job. They are looking for people to work the census in all parts of the country right now. I am going to take the test and apply in Wichita at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. I can't find the paper with the local office number on it, but you can find more info and a number to call here if interested:

Here's to a great year in 2009!

Rach said...

Wow. What a year. Even if it wasn't the way/timing you expected, I bet the best part of 2008 was Lil Major's arrival. He's such a cutie. I hope 2009 is a little less chaotic for you.

Jenn said...

What a year you guys had. I'm so glad that we experienced becoming mommies at almost the exact same time. Julianne thinks that 2009 will be the year she'll meet lil major. Hopefully, we can make it happen. Miss you!