Wednesday, December 30, 2009


And I mean it!!!

This past year has not been one of the best in our family. We've certainly been tested with our share of life obstacles.

The heartbreaking loss of our beloved family dog, Coco, back in February to a heart condition just before her fifth birthday, set the tone for how the rest of our year would progress.

We had some pretty big medical scares that, thank God, turned out not so bad. And other medical issues that took months to find answers and treatment for, that still are not a hundred percent resolved.

Several HUGE unexpected expenses, on top of a pay cut (Going to vent loudly here! Our State's newly elected governor decided it was a good idea to help our states budget deficit by cutting salaries of all state employees. In other words, have the state employees suffer to help the financially ailing budget due to poor mismanagement of the prior administration - that included teachers and law enforcement, of which my Hubby is in the later group.) and loss of clients because of the economy.

The loss of my original diamond engagement ring.

Even among our extended family and friends, there were some hard times to face.
A major accident for a good friend still recovering 7 months later. Major health problems . . . loss of jobs . . . money troubles. It seemed like almost everyone we knew were suffering financial difficulties, health problems, or some other major issues.

I know by large comparison, our bad luck year has probably been nothing compared to a lot. And sometimes I feel bad about lamenting about it. But still, when someone's having "troubles" and feeling "buried", no matter how slight those problems are to others, they're still problems. Know what I mean? There were a few times this past year I had a hard time snapping out of the negativity. I guess in all the time me and Hubby have been together, we've never had to endure the number of obstacles as we have this past year.

Oh, don't get me wrong. Not all of it was bad. Me and Hubby celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise back in June.

We had a lot of graduations in our family . . . Son No. 2 from high school, and my niece and nephew from college. Also, we were blessed with a new "member" of the family - Son No. 2's girlfriend.

She's been a sweetheart. Staying by Son when he was having a rough time this past year.

Son No. 1 started his third year of school at UNCC and has been doing very well. And Son No. 3 is growing so fast and becoming a fine, independent young man.

Oh, and I started this blog and found some really nice and sweet new cyber friends :o)!

All in all, I'm glad to see 2009 go. I just hope 2010 is a better start to a new decade. At least I'm going to try and "will" it to be so!!!
So, good riddance 2009 . . .
not gonna miss ya.
Looking forward a new start in Twenty-Ten!

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I always hope the New Year will be like a clean slate. While we have some large expenditures to put out toward our house {driveway redo and a certain woodpecker's pecking damage}, those things will hopefully result in a sale when our house goes back on the market in the next couple of months. Here's hoping we all have some good times ahead of us!

Darlene said...

It does sound like you went through some rough times throughout the year. We will hope that 2010 brings a GREAT New Year!!!♥ I'm so glad I met you through blogging.

Hopemore Studio said...

Carla, Maybe you got all your bad mojo out in one year... so better times are just ahead. I can understand when it all those frustrating events come one after the other, then you live in a nervous state wondering what will happen next. A new year and a new mindset are only a couple days away.

I hope you keep sharing with us out here in blog land, I feel like I've made a new friend..kinda like having pen pals as a kid, except better because it comes with pictures!!


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