Well here it is the last few hours of 2010 and I was thinking what would be the things that I would remember from this year. Or maybe the things that have shaped me this year and propelled me into the future year.
Well first off it was the year of the wedding. The big news is that we attended two weddings on opposite coasts of the country. First was Anny's in Portland and second was Jaime's in Washington DC. The first one we flew out there with Mom and attended and met Anny's family from Russia and her husbands large family and had a very enjoyable time. Jaime's was here and was great withLesli & Kim and our family going there and having a great family home evening the night before that will be memorable due to blessings, lindt truffles and squirt guns. We met Mike's family and went to the reception in MN.
It was also the year of Megan's return from her mission. We missed her terribly but were pleased to have her home in time for Jaime's wedding and then also to have her home for a couple months before she goes back to BYU.
It was also the year of the release. I was released as the Bishop in our ward and in a moments time things changed drastically for us. I was pleased to serve and pleased to be released. Now I am doing a variety of things like writing this blog to keep me busy and productive.
It was the year of Dad's fall. A very scary fall that has left him in a coma for weeks and been punctuated to date with improvement and reversals but most recently improvement. We look forward to seeing additional progress next year.
It was the year of the family reunion being the first of three times that at least part of our family went to Minnesota this year. We love Minnesota and it was cool in the summertime after having a very hot summer here in VA. We enjoyed the family while at the same time missing Megan who was still on her mission at that time.
This was the second year in a row that Lisa and I went to Nag's head in October, this time to celebrate our 27th anniversary, which we enjoyed a lot. It was a real rest and relaxation to go there with few demands and lots of time to think and enjoy the salt air and quiet fall beaches.
This was also the year of friends visiting. We met Peter, Gloria and Mat; friends of Megan's who came to visit. Jeremy visited for the first time since his return from India.
While we struggled through some parts and were filled with pleasure and joy through other parts of the year the most joy came from being with our family as usual. Great friends and associates (including those in the church setting as well as those at work and others) have also made it a good year.
I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunites that came both as ease and pleasure as well as those that came as work and stress to help stretch me and remind me of my maker. I hope we can all appreciate our opportunities even if they came as challenges and catastrophies. It is hard some times to be grateful for those things that are not resolved and carry us along in a stream or river with an unknown end. I hope I can hang on and be thrilled with the ride as I battle the fear of the unknown.