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Friday, December 31, 2010

Moving into the next Decade

The past ten years for me have had some major speed bumps along the way. Unemployment, relationships, and money issues.
Most of my major appliances have gone on the fritz, my yard has flooded, and my car has been nearly re-built.

What has happened- is LIFE.

But on the other side of that, are all the good times the past decade has brought with it.
Ten years ago, my kids were eleven, nine and eight. I had been divorced for three years and was dating a man who I was sure I would marry.
What a difference a decade can make.
I hate the word resolution, I do however, love goals. The two-thousand and teen decade will bring a lot of changes in my life I am sure of it.

My son, has just six months left on his contract in the armed forces. He is still unsure whether he will sign on for a new contract. While serving, he has completed some courses in CSI and is continuing with it now. There are so many directions his life can take in the next ten years. In ten years, he will be thirty-one!

My oldest daughter received a promise ring for Christmas. It is a promise of his commitment to her but they are taking things slowly and not speaking of marriage just yet. She is soon signing up for a phlebotomy course which will help us get some funding to get her into her college courses, and guide her into the medical profession of her choosing. In ten years, she will be twenty-nine.

My youngest is graduating from high school this May and already applied for college. What will happen in her life over the next ten years? In ten years, she will be twenty-eight.

In my own life, I may find love, I may get into a job I really love and feel as though I can make a difference in. I may attend my children's weddings, see the birth of my grandchildren, and my hope is that I attend very few funerals.

I have good feelings about the new year. And even better feelings about the next decade. One of my favorite quotes 'My cup runneth over' (Hebrew bible psalms 23:5) describes my life completely.

The love of my parents, my children, my extended family and close friends. The comfort of home and a warm place to lay my head at night. Enough food to nourish my children and cause the scales to tip a little too far from my own gain.

I had a fabulous two week long holiday celebration with all three of my kids and one friend of my sons (who is becoming like my own child). Spending quality time laughing, joking and enjoying each others company. And I am truly excited about the coming year. I see big changes for the better.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! 

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


  1. very nice post!! Very encouraging!! I am also looking forward to what the new year shall bring...

  2. Next decade next year, I love the anticipation of changing calendar. In reality it is just a minute later but for us it is a new page, a new begining and even a new decade.

  3. wishing all good things for you in the new year. (You are so brave to imagine your kids 10 years from now! And grandchildren! I can't go there... :) ) But I will be thrilled when my high school senior has a college acceptance letter in hand, preferably with me holding a scholarship acceptance to match!

    Cheers to you and yours for a wonderful year - and decade - to come.


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