Hello Friends and followers,
Are any of you still with me? Sometimes, I’m not even sure I am still with me! Life has been kind of like that lately. Running out of control. To where? I have no idea.
The holidays have been unusual for my family and me. Thanksgiving started the holiday season with my Daddy in the hospital. His health issues have been a discouraging series of unanswered questions for all of us. We celebrated Thanksgiving as a family, without Daddy. The morning started off with me running the Jeep off the road on a patch of ice. I never did make it down to see him in the hospital that day.
The next few weeks saw Daddy in and out of the hospital, seeing doctor after doctor. It is exhausting.
Christmas approached with all of us not being sure if Daddy would be in the hospital or with us at Christmas. Then, just 3 days before Christmas, we received the devastating news that our cousin, Vashti, passed away in South Africa. What a sudden and shocking death. She was only 29 years old. Of course, with it being Christmas week, tickets to South Africa were just too ridiculously expensive. Sigh.
We are so sad for our family in South Africa having to wade through these waters of deep grief and sorrow. I cannot imagine South Africa without Vashti.
Christmas was a lovely day spent with my family. As a family, we opened gifts at our home with Clint and the girls. Then, in the afternoon, we went to my Seester’s home and had Christmas with Seester and her family and Mom and Daddy. It was a very nice day, especially so since Daddy was with us. I hope you all had a blessed day as well.
I finished my second year of college, working on my teaching degree. I should be graduating from Ivy Tech, but as it turned out, I was ill-advised last Spring about my course selection, so I am short one course. So, I am taking that last course next semester and will graduate with my Associate’s degree in May. My plan had been to start at Ball State University for my Bachelor’s degree in January. However, because of my needing one more course at Ivy Tech, we decided that I will just take the one course next semester and have a bit of a break before I start at Ball State in August. So, this pushes my final graduation back a semester, but Clint and I decided this is better for me (mentally) and for our family.
I made a goal at the beginning of 2014 to do 12 5K races this year. The plan was to do one a month this year. Well, then Snowmageddon hit and I did not start the 5K’s until April. Well, guess what? I have fallen in love with doing these 5k’s. I did a total of 6, which was only half of my goal. But it is 6 more than I ever did before! At one of the races, I saw a t-shirt that someone was wearing and it has inspired me so much! It said, “If you’re moving, you’re improving”. So much truth in that! So, even though I didn’t hit my goal of 12 races, I was moving. And I was improving each time. And I lost 15 pounds. It was a win.
So as the new year approaches, I am feeling overwhelmed. Life has overwhelmed me this year. In good ways and in bad ways. We bought our first house this year. I started a new journey of 5K races. I have a new job in a middle school that I absolutely and completely love. I have friends who love me even when I’m stupid. I have a great family. I am blessed. So, yes, I am overwhelmed, in good ways. And sometimes in dumb ways. But I am excited as I look forward to 2015.
Who knows what could happen?