Friday, December 31, 2010

Thanks 2010

I guess it's time to officially say goodbye to 2010, no?  It's been a crazy year.  Very crazy.  I think it's probably been one of the roughest years I've had in a while.  But at the same time, I've also learned more in this year than I can remember learning in a long time too.  I think for as much as we lost in 2010, we've gained a lot too.  And while it's hard to be thankful in the midst of some of the awful things that came our way this year, I think those things have brought me close to people in ways that I am more thankful than ever for.  I think T's grandma really put it best in her letter this Christmas ....  the lord gave, and the lord has taken away.  So, it true type-A fashion, here's a farewell 2010 list.

Dear 2010 thank you for.....

  • Bringing our family together in the midst of a tragedy
  • showing us that life is short, and we should make the most of it
  • helping us find ways to honor lives lost too early
  • bringing us fabulous new extended family with Marissa & her girls.
  • allowing us to help them through their loss as well
  • all of the beautiful butterflies
  • Ethan August, the newest addition to our family
  • Taygen Timothy, the newest addition to Marissa's family  
As a random side note - our families had such similar losses and gains this year.  Also, Taygen carries his Grandpa's name.  Ethan's middle name is also a Hoefs family name.
  • fantastic co-workers who are more like family than anything
  • the best job on the planet
  • the sweetest dog ever
  • the opportunity to get home to VA
  • my patience to lose the weight and the persistence to do so
  • learning (and believing!) that yes, I can
  • for the ability to have run the 1/2 marathon with T
  • for Tristan and his willingness to put up with me!
  • for a fantastic summer of bootcamp, sunshine, and time off from work!
  • for a christmas so full of family we could barely all fit in the living room
  • for a mantel so full of stockings that you can't read names anymore
  • for friends, both near and far
  • for moments and memories that we'll hold on to forever.
I can't say I'm not ready for 2010 to be over, b/c I am.  But, looking back, I truly am thankful for all that this past year taught me.  I'm such a different person than I was a year ago - and without everything that happened this year, that wouldn't be the case.  I truly hope that 2011 brings all of us joy beyond measure.

Happy New Year!


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