Happy New Year

Let's see, it's been a while since I've last posted. I went back to school, which has been a challenge. We had a very fun Halloween. I turned 28 on November 19. We had Thanksgiving at my mother in law's house. We have visited Montpelier, Fredericksburg and Tappahannock Virginia as well as Baltimore, Maryland in the past three weeks. Christmas was wonderful. The girls got a bunch of stuff that they wanted from Santa. Christmas Break from school has been fantastic. I've gotten a lot done but I have a lot more to do. I just wish that I didn't have to go back to school until I am completely finished all that needs to be done.

This has been a very challenging year for me. I had a new baby and that in itself is a challenge. I had to figure out how to balance having 3 children, my husband and my job responsibilities. I had to figure out and am still figuring out how to be department chair. My husband and I have been trying to get our spirtual house in order by attending and joining a new church. We got our financial house in order by refinancing our mortgage and consolidating our debts. Now we have to get our physical house in order which is well on its way (I just hope that the trend continues). I have a lot that I want to work on personally this upcoming year. However, I feel that God has been testing us this past year, preparing us for next year. 2007 will be a very good year. Here are my New Year's Resolutions:

1. Get to know God better.
2. Read the Bible and Pray daily.
3. Spend more quality time with my husband, children, parents, brother, sister in law and niece.
4. Be a better Christian, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter and parent.
5. Get more involved with Church.
6. Get to know more people, especially the people at Church better.
7. Break out of my shell and be more outgoing.
8. Get the entire house, inside and outside as clean and organized as it can possibly be.
9. Get into good habits.
10. Walk the dogs everyday.
11. Play with my pets more.
12. Run at least 5 times a week.
13. Be a better teacher and collegue.
14. Relax more.
15. Not waste so much time.
16. Get in shape.
17. Lose 15 pounds.
18. Eat better.
19. Sleep better.
20. Pursue my dreams and hobbies more.

Another year behind, a new year ahead. New Year's Day, January 1, is a day like any other. It has 24 hours. People need to work. People need to eat. People do things that they do every day. So waht is so special about a new year. Well, every new year results in new ideas, new resolutions and new ways of doing things. It is a period of renewal. I want to encourage anyone who reads this not only to create their new years resolutions but also a new life resolution. Take the chance of becoming a new person. However, do not let your resolutions fall by the wayside. If you fall back on your resolutions do not lose heart, just use the next day to renew your resolution. You don't need to wait for the next new year to begin anew. You can begin the next day, hour, minute or second. Proverbs chapter 3, verses5-6, "trust in the Lord and He will make your paths straight"


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