I'm not sure I've ever looked forward to January 1st quite so much as I have this time around. However, Tom and I started a tradition of adding the good things that happen to us throughout the year in our "Belle Jar," then reading them as a family on New Year's Eve.
As we went through all the beautiful things that happened to us in 2016, both big and small, I was humbled out of my indignation and began to appreciate the year I had wished never was. Here are some of the highlights:
-Tom won 20 free meals at the U
-We both got raises
-We were able to sell our condo after showing it for less than two days for a 66% profit
- I was shown overwhelming kindness and empathy by a few wonderful women, whose examples of compassion I'll always cherish and I'll never forget
-We took an amazing 5-year anniversary trip to Bali and Sydney
-The old family piano made its way back into my life and my home
-We got new flooring in our new home for a good price
-We had an amazing trip to Nashville and The Grand Ole Opry
-We were able to spend much more time with my family than we had in the past
-We won a $100 Amazon gift card from my work party
-Then, even in a year of painful goodbyes, we learned we were about to say hello to another baby girl in spring of 2017
Here's to a new year with new adventures and a brand new life about to begin!