As most people likely do at this time of year, my wife and I have been reflecting on the past year and what has transpired in our lives. 2009 was a particularly exhausting year for me, and as I look back over the year I begin to see why…
My “day job” took me to Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and western Maryland.
We started the year driving to Indiana for a gathering of friends whom I’ve gotten to know over the past couple years through an online chat group. I was supposed to take my daughter Rachel to Chicago in January, but her best friend’s father died suddenly so we had to change our plans.
Then Leah hurt her shoulder…
Rehab, phyiscal therapy, and finally rotator cuff surgery ensued for her. She is getting better, but still has several months of PT ahead of her.
In April we celebrated Sarah’s 18th birthday and fulfilled her wish to have a moon bounce at her birthday party. Everyone enjoyed the moon bounce – we highly recommend it for all ages!
Both Rachel and Sarah had their wisdom teeth out. Sarah had surgery on her foot to repair a damaged tendon. Leah contracted MRSA while at the hospital for Sarah’s surgery, and she ended up in the hospital herself for five days – including surgery on her face to deal with the abscess that grew on her face. (That’s a total of five surgeries in the household – in a three month span).
Oxycodone has been flowing in my house for about 11 months now…
Our daughter Megan decided to become a day care provider, so we had to put the house in order which included building a fenced-in play area in the backyard. A retaining wall, several tons of fill dirt, and one picket fence later – we have “Hannah’s Playground.”
Megan had to go to court a couple times in Annapolis to secure sole custody of Hannah which was awarded in the summer.
Rachel and I did make it to Chicago finally – we hung out at JPUSA and got to see an exclusive Harry Potter exhibit at the museum.
We vacationed in Williambsburg twice (March and November)…
…and went to Ocean City twice (Labor Day Weekend and for the Alive 2009 Conference).
Over the summer we got to meet several of our blogging friends – and even had them over for a picnic lunch over the 4th of July!
In April, I helped the girls participate in “The Rescue” to raise awareness of the plight of child soldier’s in Uganda. The Rescue was coordinated by the group “Invisible Children” and we got to meet and hang out with Bobby (one of the founders).
My uncle died early in the year and was buried in the frigid cold at Arlington National Cemetery. My stepfather died unexpectedly in August, and my family mourned the loss of Grandpa George.
We finished out the year with everyone either healthy or on the mend. Throughout the year, our precious little granddaughter has been living with us. Hannah wakes Grandpa every morning and helps him to make the coffee. Her presence in our lives has truly been a blessing.
But wait! Before the year ended we got slammed by the 5th worst snowstorm on record for this area – not to mention the biggest snowfall ever recorded in December! The whole family (except for Rachel who was sick) got to enjoy some time in the snow – and we ended up having a white Christmas!
As we look forward to the new year we are praying and hopeful for an UNEVENTFUL year. Leah and I will soon make the trek to our winter gathering of friends in Indiana again, and we look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary in July.