As 2011 winds down, I can't say I'm sad to see it go. This has been a very difficult year for so many people who are so important to me, and I'm ready for them to have some happiness and joy.
This year has had some extremely wonderful moments. We were blessed with a new grandson. Layton is such a joy, and I thank God each and every day for bringing him to our family. Our good friends Amy and Stephen were also blessed with a sweet son. Preston is a doll, and I know they have enjoyed each and every minute of his life. Three of my co-workers welcomed new babies. So yeah, 2011 has been good, but the tears outweighed the smiles.
Our school family was hit especially hard. My precious friend Karen lost her mother, her cousin's husband (Amanda has always been like a sister to Karen, so Randy was like a brother-in-law), and her best friend, Mary...who was one of our much-loved science teachers and a dear friend of mine as well. Another dear friend, Don, lost four relatives and his girlfriend. And he had a guy break into his house and commit suicide, AND Don went in for surgery to have a cyst removed from his kidney but ended up losing the entire kidney. We lost another precious member of our school staff when our registrar, Patti, died. We had a student who was severely injured in a bizarre accident with her horse (but thankfully she survived. She has struggles, but let me tell you...she is a true inspiration!!) Another student drowned not long after school was out for summer. A former student was killed in a car accident. Several other faculty and staff members lost loved ones. It has been a year we're all happy to see in the rear view mirror.
So, as the new year approaches, my wish is for nothing but smiles and laughter, happiness and joy for my family and friends. May God bless you and your families.