Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wow! Here I am on the first day of 2009 and I can't help but reminisce about some of the events of the past year:

-got engaged
-got married to my best friend
-got a passport for the first time
-traveled internationally (Grand Cayman)
-took up residence with a man for the first time
-put our house on the market
-took our house off the market
-inherited 1 dog (american bulldog) and adopted 2 more (catahoula bulldog and english mastiff)
-evacuated our home for an entire months after it was struck by lightning
-totally restored and repaired our home
-got rid of my beloved Volvo
-purchased 2 cars in one month (VW Passat and Tahoe)
-became the proud of aunt of a new niece
-vacationed in Destin, Florida with my hubby
-vacationed in Oklahoma with my family
-diagnosed with grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer)
-went under the knife for a bilateral mastectomy
-had 4 "pump ups" for my breast reconstruction
-took 3 rounds of chemo
-took 6 herceptin treatments
-shaved my head
-learned bald is beautiful
-learned to praise God in the storm
-learned that my husband loves me unconditionally
-learned that I love him just as unconditionally as he loves me
-prayed more than I've ever prayed
-been the recipient of the power of prayer and the outpouring of love from literally thousands of people (this still brings tears to my eyes)
-wrote approximately 300 thank you notes to these wonderful people

2008 was a huge year at my house. I had mountaintop experiences where it seemed that life couldn't get any better and that I couldn't possibly want for anything more. Alas, there were valley times, too, when life seemed impossible and the days ahead insurmountable. But, regardless of where I've been, I know that God was there. He was real. He was present. And He was glorified. I can only praise him.

Happy New Year!

9 comments:

Crystal said...

Wow. What a year. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us on this blog. May God bless you beyond measure in 2009, Happy New Year!

erinkern said...

It is amazing and overwhelming how much a year can hold. I am glad you sharing your journey with us--happy new year to you! :)

Amy said...

Happy New Year!:)

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

what an incredible year you've had my dear dear friend! Praise God for blessings and trials He brings us through! I love you!

Cari said...

Wow! You sure did have an eventful year in 2008! I'll add one more thing to your list - encouraging readers of your blog. There isn't a time I come to your blog that I haven't been encouraged in some way or another. Happy new year!

Cari said...

Wow! You sure did have an eventful year in 2008! I'll add one more thing to your list - encouraging readers of your blog. There isn't a time I come to your blog that I haven't been encouraged in some way or another. Happy new year!

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Hey Happy Be-lated New Year! Hope you have a healthy and good 2009!

Angie
"Nana's Box"

Mrs. Cup said...

What a great post! 2009 will be a year of complete healing, resoration and JOY! :)

RandomWonders said...

WOW! May 2009 be simply amazing for you!