I've had a couple conversations about my "6 months ago" post with some family members and as I've thought more about all the hard things that have happened this past year, I think I would feel ungrateful if I didn't talk about the good things that happened this year, too. There have been so many blessings. And so to end 2010, I want to write My Top 10 Blessings from this year. So here we go...
10. In January, after being uninsured for only 2 1/2 weeks, we found out Jake and I qualified for an individual health insurance family plan and the kids qualified for CHIP. Both insurances have been huge blessings to us this year.
9. Along the lines of 'health' the kids remained very healthy. We had a few ear infections at the beginning of the year and a cold here and there, but they really didn't have anything major.
8. The only car repair we had to do in 2010 were Jake's brakes. No major house repair. (Hopefully that luck continues. Knock on wood!)
7. Jake and I have both been able to work at jobs that we enjoy.
6. I've managed to continue to stay active and exercise regularly, which you could say I'm fairly passionate about. ;)
5. My cancer. It sucked, I'm not going to lie. But the fact it was caught when it was, it was operable, and my recovery was pretty quick. All blessings.
4. When we found out about the tumor, we had family, friends, and even strangers come out of the woodwork to help our family. We had many thoughts, prayers, meals, letters, e-mails, money, babysitting, phone calls, and so much more sent our way and it was very humbling. Many from our neighborhood put together a yard sale over the summer and the proceeds went to my hospital bills. Those bills could have pulled us under financially, but thankfully, that extra money kept us floating. And again we were humbled by loved ones who showered us with too many presents and food for Christmas. We felt VERY spoiled. There are good people in this world, and it seems many of them live within a 5 mile radius of us!
3. I have my girlfriends. SO important. They keep me laughing. They keep me sane. We are all there for each other and ready to drop everything when help is needed. It's pretty rare to have such good friends and I know I'm lucky to have them in my life.
2. We have a beautiful home, great neighborhood, wonderful friends, cars that work, clothes to wear, and food to eat. It's humbling to think that there are people out there who don't have these basic necessities.
1. We have each other. As I look at this picture of our family in front of the Portland temple taken this morning, I'm reminded of where our family began, and of what our future could be. This year has had its ups and downs. We've struggled quite a bit. But I've been reminded that in the end, what matters most is family. My Family. And the fact that we survived 2010 and came out nearly unscathed and stronger because of it, lets me know that we can handle hard things.
Here are some pictures from the past two months that I'm just now getting around to posting: