The wheel in the sky keeps on turnin’
I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow,
Oh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turning. . .
. . . for tomorrow. . .

Journey “Wheel In The Sky”

I have always found New Year’s Eve to be a strangely melancholy time.  I can’t help but remember so many of the New Year’s Eves gone past, and there is a part of me that eternally hopes that the next year will be better, somehow. And interestingly, the New Year’s Eves that I remember most were spent at New Year’s Eve Round Robins in Midland or Odessa, Texas, with my friends in PDAP.  Yeah, that was a really long time ago, but it was without question, a sweet time.  Not all of us are still around to tell the tale, but for those of us who are, wouldn’t it be fun to do it all again, just one more time?

There are always blessings to be found in abundance in any given year of my life, and I am deeply grateful to God for them. This year was no exception.  I have been blessed with good health, a wonderful loving family and amazing friends.  I have an incredible homeschool support group and a great church family.  I have a new kitten, who snuggles his little wet nose in my ear every night before he curls up between my feet.  Life is good!

But as I look into the dark glass of 2009, I feel so much more apprehensive than I have in many years.  I know so much of it has to do with the fact that we are moving back to Texas.  We have to sell our house in the worst economic conditions in 80 years.  Then we have to figure out how to move 6 cats and 4 dogs 1,171 miles across the country. We have to make new friends, (although I already have several really close friends in San Antonio and Austin), find a new church, a new homeschool group, a new life.  We have to leave Western North Carolina.  That thought alone is one I can only entertain for fleeting moments at a time.  I never wanted to leave these mountains. The economy is casting a long shadow over the hopes and dreams of most Americans.  And, as I suppose there must be at the beginning of any new administration, there are a lot of us who are  hoping for the best, but surely expecting the worst.  To me, this is a somber new year.

So, I am welcoming 2009 on a ‘one-day-at-a-time’ basis.  I guess that’s how all years should be handled, anyway.  It is my prayer that, in spite of appearances, it will be an amazing year full of joy and grace.  I pray that it will be a time of healing and personal growth for not just my immediate family, but for all of our extended family and friends.

And as a final nod to 2008, I am including a link to my favorite humorist’s “Year In Review”.  Dave Barry sums it up so much better than I ever could!   Click here: Dave Barry’s Year-In-Review

Happy New Year!

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