Well Christmas has officially come and gone in a flash. We had a beautiful Christmas Eve gathering at our apartment I will post pics as soon as I find the darn cord to my camera
Christmas day came and I got some lovely gifts, my favorite by far was an i-Home i-pod alarm clock. I love waking up to my favorite songs instead of some incessant beeping. Other gifts I got include season 1 DVD of "Pushing Daisies" I am absolutely crazy about this show, some new tall black boots, a pretty necklace with a green flower on it, some smell goody stuff from Mary Kay, and a cake decorating tool set. Jeremy got some new pj's and some lounge pants, noise cancelling head phones, a new electric razor, a new overcoat, and a new hat.
We got my mother a brand new Daily Devotional and journal by Beth Moore who's her favorite Christian writer, we got my sister a new lap top bag that I hope she likes, we got my in laws a digital picture frame. But the most special gifts we gave were to my neices we gave them their very first Bibles engraved with their names I hope they liked them.
Christmas day we spent with our extended Oklahoma family Jeremy played Dominoes with the boys, and I played Mad Gab, and Trivial Pursuit pop culture with the girls.
Saturday Jeremy and I went to see "Marley & Me" dog lovers beware you will cry! But it was so good!
Now that 2008 is slowly slipping away I find myself reflecting on my first full year as Mrs. A.
If I had to go back and change anything I'd change the moments of self doubt, and turn them into prayer time, and I'd go back and take away anything hurtful I've ever said to/or about anyone and turn it into uplifting thoughts. Now that I know what it's like to find out someone is saying awful things about you I only want to lift others up not tear them down seriously if you know me in real life and hear me say something negative about anyone slap me!
I feel that I have learned a lot about who I am and who I want to become this year.
I've learned I'm not perfect by any means, but I'm also not nearly as bad as I sometimes believe. Sure there are things in life I'd change if given the chance but there are others I wouldn't change for anything in the world. I thank God every day that He changed my life for the better in October when He took me away from a job that was becoming detrimental to my health I feel as though my job doesn't rule my life anymore. I am thankful for my husband finally in September of this year being offered a full time position with a great company and thus having his prayers answered. 2008 other than a few set backs has actually been a terrific year for Jeremy and I we both gained jobs we enjoy, we learned about each other,and we paid off a lot of debt, we still have a ways to go but the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight! I made a fantastic new friend at my job and I am so thankful for her she has no idea how much she means to me. She called on Christmas day just to wish me a merry Christmas and to see if I had a good day she has no idea how much this meant to me in year that has been virtually friendless I finally found a kindred soul someone who wants to live life the best way possible this is such a blessing to me.
2009 is forecasted to be an exciting year for Jeremy and I we will be debt free or nearly so by the end of the year, we are starting a home downpayment fund slowly but surely and we are paying off some debts that are holding me back from completing my degree.
I learned so much about who I want to become in life this year and I plan on becoming that woman this year. Here's just a few of the qualities that woman posesses.
She is never mean or hateful to others and nothing negative is said by her about any other person
she is confident in herself and stands up for herself when necessary
she lives her life for God and hungers for daily interaction with Him
she doesn't worry about what everyone thinks of her as long as she is right with her Savior all is well
She is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed
These are just a few of the qualities the woman I want to become posesses so I know what my task is with the help of my God is to do my best to live these standards.
No these are not New Year's resolutions but rather year's end realizations.
I have a whole other post dedicated to New Year's resolutions!