razzle dazzle- holidazed.....

It seems like we were just gearing up for Christmas and now its suddenly come and gone and now the new year is lurking just around the corner.
That is always a drag about this time of year
The let down.
The post Christmas/ new years holiday after math of nothingness.
no sparkle
no shimmer
no carols or cheer.
no crafts or decor to spruce up the house.....
The end of the year is near and I along with everyone else am scrambling to wrap things up nice and tidily.
Preferably with a bow on top.
Honestly speaking......I am ready for this year to be over.
Although I have no plans to take down my holiday decor until the first of the year........
But I am  grateful for all the things that were revealed this past year. 
It has been a trying time.
A year of struggles, triumphs, trials and tribulations.
( "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith..." James 1:2-3, 5-6a)

The most amazing things happened and the most tragic ( in my world).
It was definitely a year of growth and I am excited to see what God has in store for us in 2011.
I was looking back on this post and found that my word for the year FAITH was quite apropos.
Who knew?
My faith was tested in many ways this year and Babe and I had to rely on our faith as a family to get us through many a hard day/night/week/month.
We also had to rely on our faith in each other..........what a life lesson!
I have lost family members, and friends in the last 12 months.
In both the physical and emotional sense.
Some left the earth while others merely left my life.
Each of them have left some kind of indelible mark on my heart and in my life and I am forever changed because of my experiences with them.
My resolve has been tested and ideals/ thoughts were challenged and changed for the better.
And although there were times I didn't think I would make it through......
It has been an amazing year.
I am ready to take on 2011 with a renewed spirit, stronger sense of self and an undying FAITH that things will all work out and go according to plan.
Forgive me for waxing nostalgic but it's the last week of the year!
I mean, do you blame me?
How can we not reflect on all that has transpired and marvel at the amount of growth that has occurred - how fast time has gone since the beginning of the year......... 
I'm excited....... are you?


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