It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. Charles Dickens
I love this quote. I have mentioned it a few times on this blog and every time I think back on a year it springs to mind. Some years are better than others in general but at times, it does feel like it was the best year and the worst year at the same time. We make smart choices and we make stupid choices. Isn’t it how life is? Sometimes really good, we feel in control and then it’s not so good and we loose control.
If I look back over 2013, it was a good year. It was the year I married the only man I have ever really and truly loved and it was a magical day. Definitely one of the best days of my life.
It was also the year we took a huge stride forward with Kiara. We aren’t out of the woods just yet but it has gotten so much easier and she is in a much happier place now.
Those two things are probably the highlights of the year. Both had a significantly positive impact on our lives.
There were a collection of smaller moments that together contributed to it being a good year.
- Jack started school.
- Cameron had another great academic year at school.
- I had a great blogging year.
- I visited my parents twice.
- David and I had a great honeymoon in Zanzibar.
- I met some bloggers I have been friends with for ages for the first time.
- We bought a new car.
- I had a great health and fitness year.
But with the good there are always challenges – David’s overseas travel increased, which is great for his career but does add strain, not only to the family as a whole but also to our relationship (one of my main love languages is quality time), money issues, work issues for David, a few family issues.
There were times it felt like for every step we took forward, something happened and we fell 2 steps back. In the relatively short time David and I have been together we have had some really tough times, not really in our relationship but more in dealing with life. We both keep waiting for it to get easier. Hopefully that’s what 2014 is going to be about.
After all is said and done though it was a awesome year. I have an amazing family who, once again, showed their support and love for us. I have an incredible husband who makes me so incredibly happy. I have 3 perfect children who make everyday an adventure. I have a small group of wonderful friends.
I am blessed.
Even when the days are long and the times are tough – I am blessed. I have love. I have support. I have happiness.
I had an excellent year.
So here’s to a great 2013 and an even better 2014.