Of course, this year we did it on the super-duper cheap (and it's already a really cheap trip - keeping with the theme of "white trash" and all that). But, with all the stress, we really needed some time to let our worries fall away, even if just for an hour at a time during the long weekend. You know, beer pong and flip cup have a way of making you forget serious things and focus on the lame fun you can have with good friends and some red solo cups filled with beer. Silly, I know.
Next year, I'll have three children all going to the same school at the same time for the one and only time in their entire lives. I'm going to love it! This has never happened and will never happen again, unless we go to private school which seems highly unlikely.
Evie celebrated her Firs Communion during all of this too. We were so lucky to have all the family come into town for the celebration. I took a ton of pictures of everyone, but this will have to suffice for now. Can't believe how old my kids are!
While all this is going on, my practice is getting busier - which is always a good thing, right? My goal is to requier an office - an actual office not in my home - by the end of the year. I'm getting close! New clients are great, and old clients are fantastic. I'm loving what I am doing, and I hope I'll get to continue running my own practice, but it may mean returning to a smaller firm where there are more resources. I guess we'll have to wait and see. In the mean time, I'm embracing the wonderful flexibility of my career.
Now, I thought it was also time to update you on my New Year's Resolutions. Remember those? Yeah, so I'm doing well with two of the three. The first one is to run a marathon. I'm working on it. I'm not feeling too good about it, but at least I'm moving forward. I'm in the Chicago marathon which takes place on October 12th. I've officially started marathon training with Luke's Locker here in Fort Worth, and let me tell you, I've rarely felt as inadequate as I do running with all those people. Nonetheless, this goal is about plodding across the finishline - not about setting some fancy running record.
Second, I've totally been awesome about praying with the kids on the way to school every morning. We've gotten a bit lax about prayers at night, mostly because they are going to bed at different times now and they've started putting themselves to bed without us holding their hands every step of the way. We've also been fantastic about getting to church this year - mostly because I taught Evie's Sunday School class, so we were committed.
But the last resolution has been shit, and I know it. I planned to post on the blog more. I know. I have to tell you that facing difficult times makes me less inclined to share or post. It's sometimes so difficult to shed the frustrations and find time to post about the everyday blessings - but they are there - just like the sun that keeps shining behind the rain clouds. We may not see the sun while it is raining, but that doesn't mean it isn't there. I mean, just look at these blessings!
So, I thank each of you for your prayers during our difficult times. I know we are going to get through this, but the support from our family and friends has been humbling and overwhelming. This is what life is all about.
This is my joy.