Reflections and Hopes

As 2007 comes to an end I have been reflecting a bit. I have found myself smiling, shaking my head, laughing, feeling sad, feeling relieved, smiling some more, and giving thanks. Here are just a few things 2007 brought for our family:

1. Two days into 07 we had three offers on our house in Florida. By mid-February we had closed on the house and successfully moved our family of five to SC to begin the ups and downs of planting a church.

2. Wil got rotovirus five consecutive times - each lasting 10-14 days w/ a 2 week break between each round. We were beginning to think he was allergic to SC. Thanks to a new vitamin and probiotics he does not get it with near the intensity.

3. We went through approximately 1750 diapers (please forgive us earth) and that doesn't consider the increase in diaper use during a bout of rotovirus. ay yi yi!

4. Luke discovered his love of art. He can be found drawing buildings, dogs, giraffes (my personal favorite), people of all shapes and sizes, and all sorts of outdoors scenes. I think I will commission him to do something to fill up the blank wall space in our living room.

5. Timothy maintained his "mama's boy" status. Must be a third child thing. He is going to be my loyal son.

6. Wil began standing independently and has taken occasional steps.

7. James worked harder than I have ever seen him work as he dug into ministry here in SC. After months of developing relationships, meeting with people, working out logistics, and so much more in between, our church launched weekly services in the Fall of 2007.

8. Wil got glasses. Now he sees. :)

9. Timothy can walk, we just know it. But he won't do it. He really loves his brother so crawling remains his preferred method of getting from point A to point B.

10. My migraines reached epic proportion and intensity which led me to a good doctor who is trying hard to help me out. In the process he has discovered that I am "severely" B12 deficient. Come to find out this is most common in old women and vegetarians. I feel like the former and will never be the latter. I am now getting shots for B12 and am feeling more youthful once again.

11. James has taken up cycling in addition to his distance running. I see triathlons on the horizon.

12. We moved just 10 minutes from my parents. They have been a real blessing to us.

13. Luke survived his first big injury. An accident that required three staples in his head - he was a trooper!

14. We have had many bumps in our transition to SC this year but we have also seen God's fingerprint's all over it. And so we have confidence that we are right where He wants us.

I am not one to make resolutions. I don't ever keep them but I do have some hopes for 2008 as we look forward to a few things for our family.

1. Wil transitions out of the early intervention program and into the school system when he turns three at the end of March. I hope I handle this okay, I'm not ready for him to go to school.

2. Luke will be going to kindergarten next year. He has been asking to go to kindergarten since he was three so this will be a big ole' year for him and I do hope it is all he hopes it will be.

3. I look forward to seeing Timothy gain a bit more independence and I look forward to having some one on one time with him while Luke is in preschool and Wil is in his new class come April.

4. I hope to see our church grow - not just in numbers but in depth - as we continue to reach out to the community around us.

5. I hope to regain a few brain cells as the boys get a little older.

6. I hope to start cooking again. (is someone snickering over my shoulder?)

7. I hope to use the gym membership that we are paying for now that my two month long hacking cough has subsided. Okay, so this is starting to sound a little resolution-y.

8. I look forward to watching the boys grow in their relationships with each other. We have really enjoyed this over the last few months and I can't wait to see what they get into together this year.

9. And I hope for fewer accidents and hospital stays along the way!
10. Lastly, I look forward to another year with my fabulous, patient, and longsuffering husband. He's pretty great.

Happy 2008 from the Walden's, who also hope they have it together next year so they can send out proper Holiday cards - and who are also incapable of taking a picture with everyone happy and looking at the camera. :)


dlyn said...

Hi - followed your comment link from PW. You have a lovely family and a very nice blog. I will be praying that your church planting is successful and I will be back to read youyr blog some more!

waldenhouse said...

Thanks dlyn, Isn't PW fun? Kind of you to find us. As soon as I get my troublesome three down for naps I will pop in on your site.

Spitmonkey said...

What a beautiful picture, Stacy! I hope all your hopes for 2008 come true! :)

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