31 December 2012

Thoughts of 2012 by Terri

As I reflect on 2012 and what I learned this year, I start to tear up.  I tear up because in a way, it was the end of so many things... our life in Jefferson City andmy principalship in California, but I tear up also because it is proof that God has a plan for me, and even though it may be hard and not what I want to do, God's plan is the exact path I need to follow.

So then I feel so lucky...

Lucky that I landed in Wright City with fellow educators who are passionate about the children they serve.
Lucky that I married a man who understands my whims and fancies.
Lucky to have a daughter and son-in-law that accept my bluntness and actually cherish it.
Lucky to still have my mom and sister active in my life.

Lucky to be surrounded by family who cares deeply about me and thinks that "I am all that *snap*" and more!

Lucky that I have friends from all walks of life who love me the way I am, even when I forget to return calls, am late for dinner and who sends more belated cards that on-time ones!

Lucky that I landed in a neighborhood that I adore, making new friends and starting to feel like its home and not a visitor.

Lucky that I found a PEO and a DAR that fits. (now if I could find a BUNCO group, I will have it made!)

Lucky that I read lots of good books, had lots of wonderful food, made a bit of art, have people who like my Facebook page and blogs, and that I am missed when I don't post.

For all this, and much more, I am truly grateful.

2012 was full of life lessons for me.  Cherish my friends, face the future bravely, trust in God's plans and put family first.  Some of these lessons I had learned before, but the reminder was a gift from God and I happily accept it!  It is not all fun and games in my life, but I will always choose to focus on the positive.  I believe it has made a difference in the quality of life I live. 

Here's to a happy 2013.  Bring on the life lessons, reveal your plan, dear God, I am ready for it!

Enjoy this poster from Anders*Ruff.  It says exactly what I hope for all of you!

30 December 2012

Christmas in New Town

Our first Christmas in New Town was wonderful!  We had the opportunity to do a lot of fun holiday things together, I am pretty sure Bob did this to keep me from being too homesick and from missing the events that had defined my holidays for the past 20 years.  He did a good job, too!!

Our favorite events were probably those that took place in Old Town.  The characters and the parades, the lights and the shopping all made for such good fun.  We are definitely looking forward to repeating that experience again!

Our neighborhood didn't disappoint either!  People decorated well, formed spontaneous caroling groups and sponsored a homes tour.  I hosted a cookie exchange and hope to do it again next year!

We love that we live somewhere that people are like us, love to decorate, do stuff and be neighbors.  We were blessed to find this neighborhood!

04 December 2012

A Month in Review-November 2012

This month each picture represents something that I am very thankful for in my life.  I know I didn't cover everything I am truly thankful for... aunts, cousins, friends, etc., but this 30 days I focused on what came into my heart on that particular day.  God has blessed me and I am well aware of it. 

1.  My church
2. My husband of 35 years
3.  My daughter and her family
4. My mom
5.  Gary, Joy, Irene 
6.  Living in the USA
7.  My sister
8.  Having a place to call home
9.  Living close to nature
10.  Family traditions that bring us close as families
11. Ashley and Eric's love for each other
12. Veterans that served for us
13.  A job that I love!
14.  Another baby in the family!
15. Our wonderful dogsons
16.  Thinking positively, every day!
17.  Another birthday.  Praise God.
18.  Beautiful Hawaiian sunsets
19.  Time with my hubby!
20.  The chance to make memories with my family
21.  The many opportunities I have for music in my life
22. Having someone to share my life with
23.  Traveling safely across the ocean
24.  Beautiful Missouri!!
25.  Sunsets!
26.  Another baby to join us!
27.  Family dinners
28.  My beautiful new neighborhood
29.  Spending time with friends
30.  Me.