It wasn't all that long ago that on New Year's Eve at about this time, I'd definitely be in an altered state of mind and celebrating amongst friends. I must admit though, relaxing in my pajamas at home with my family and Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve is definitely a more comfortable way to ring in 2016 (although it may be a direct result of having quadruplets and my level of sheer exhaustion that I'd rather put on my pajamas and blog so at 12:01, I can go to sleep).
I will be the first to say, 2015 has not been kind to us. We have faced challenge after challenge and we spent most of our year surviving on our faith in Christ alone. 2015 has tested us with an oilfield crash, job loss, untruthful employers, financial struggles, moving, stress on our marriage, illnesses, and more. And while Adam and I have spent a lot of time in the last couple months focusing on how hard this year has been, there's also a lot of good to reflect on. All four of our children learned to walk this year and have pretty much caught up with full-term babies their age. Overall, we are healthy, our marriage is still in tact in spite of being put in the blender on high and while we had to move out of our two-story home in a quiet, kid-friendly neighborhood, we did get to move to what we like to refer to as "vacation". We have amazing family (and friends we consider family) that have been there for us in REALLY big ways. We made lots of new friends and got connected to a small group in our church. And probably the most important lesson of all, came during this holiday season when we were remembered by so many people who love us and may not even realize just exactly how much they did for us.
As we turn our back on 2015 and look towards what 2016 will bring for us, we are full of hope. We are armed with the lessons we've learned in 2015 and look forward to a new year, a new beginning, and changes that go with it. (It doesn't hurt that I've made sure every member of our family will be eating some form of black eyed peas and cabbage tomorrow just for good measure.) Personally, my goal for 2016 is to focus more on forgiveness and connecting with friends and family I've lost touch with. I'd also like to focus more on the ones that I love, and less on technology. What about you? Do you think 2016 will be a great year? Are you planning to make any changes? Do you have any traditions/foods that you eat on January 1 to ensure a good year?