happy first day of winter!

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First day of winter! And first day of winter break for the kids. Who-hoo!

So, 2013. 10 more days left until 2014 and honestly, I’m ready for those 10 days to pass and this year to be kicked to the curb. There have been some really good parts to this year and some really, really crappy parts too – and the crappy parts are why I haven’t been blogging, because honestly? I’ve just been trying to survive, and a lot of this hasn’t been blog appropriate anyway.

I mean, we’ve been dealing with things like – my husband went through massive upheaval at work that led to him having to step down a position, which really sucked. We strongly suspect Sydney has some learning disorders, and we’re having to fight the school system for testing and accommodations. We’re tired. We’re a lot poorer. It’s been a rough year.

BUT. We also are really enjoying our house here in Atlanta and this area is starting to feel like home. We love being across the street from relatives. My kids love their elementary school. We’re making friends. We’ve found a church that is both liberal enough for us and friendly, to boot. We got to take a fun vacation to Disney World. There’s a Christmas tree in the corner of my living room – and one across the street – both with presents for us and our kids, because there are a lot of people out there who love us. And that love, those relationships? That’s worth a hell of a lot more than money.

I made a list in early 2013 of all my goals. That feels so far away at this point and I’m not going to bother finding the list and linking to it. I know I didn’t accomplish most of it and I’m fine with that.

Instead, I’m going to set a goal for 2014. Breathe and live. I want to step back, take a deep breath, and focus on just living for a year. I think I owe that to myself. And I think it’s going to be good.

Here’s to 2014!

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