We had a great 2011, my little family.
Cole started high school, and played his first year of football. He's a lean, mean Falcon machine, and we're super proud of him. He's on the A honor roll, and he's a pretty nice kid. We have a lot of conversations now, but I'm convinced he never really listens to me talk. He just sits silent thinking of the next smartass thing he can say. He hangs around the kitchen and pesters me non-stop, unless he's pestering his brothers. Or playing XBox Live. (I adore this stage. I never want him to grow up and leave.)
Matthew learned to read this fall. That business makes me thrilled. And proud. And amazed. His whole world is opening up. He lives and breathes Pokemon. And video games. I am proud to say I know absolutely nothing about the PlayStation or the Xbox or the Wii. Or the DS. Or the computer. "Hey, Mom, can you get me to the next level?" Uh...nope. Sorry dude. There are lots of big boys in this family who have that covered (see photo above.)
Jack is doing great in his final year of preschool. (Remind me to schedule his kindergarten screening!). He's still my super hero. I'll be sad when he inevitably stops pronouncing his brothers name, "Maffew." And when he stops saying things from the bathroom like, "Hey, Mom! When I say "Praise the Lord!" come wipe me, okay?"
It's hard to see the taillights of my children. Because one day they're four year olds who need me to zip their jackets and the next day they're fourteen and I'm starting to look at driving schools.
The captain is still the world's hardest-working, most-adored man. He takes incredible care of all of us, and overlooks my many faults and fits. He loves his boys and shares so much of his valuable time with them. I'm thankful.
It was a good year. And next year is shaping up to be even better.
If you were a client this year, I am thankful for your business. If you referred a client to me, thank you for believing in me. If you were a friend...from the very bottom of my filled-up heart, I love you. My life is better for all these bits and pieces.
If you lost a loved one this year, my condolences. May the love of the Creator surround you and give you peace.
God bless you and your family this holiday season!
Joy to the World!