Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

Happy New Year!

As I look back on 2013, there are many things I would do differently and others I wouldn’t change at all.  (As if I have a choice!) In the end, I am grateful for all of the year’s experiences, good and bad. Each was part of my journey; I learned from both.

Our family, complete with Mormor.

Our family, complete with Mormor, in November 2013.

More than anything, 2013 led me to a deeper faith in — and stronger relationship with — Jesus Christ, along with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my family, those here in Huntsville, across the country and in Norway. It’s so easy to get stuck in ruts and take for granted those whom you love most.

Speaking of love, 2013 marked the first full year in which my mom, the girls’ beloved Mormor, lived with us. David and I are now a part of the sandwich generation, those caring for aging parents while raising their own children. Sure, we may be helping Mom, but she has no idea how much she is helping us and enriching our lives.

Mom is the only one left who can give our children one of life’s greatest gifts: the love of a grandparent.

Thanks to all who were part of my year, at Church, at work, at home, in life and in the wild world of social media. I appreciate each of you and wish you much happiness, prosperity, love and peace in the year ahead.

Here’s to 2014. Let’s make it amazing!

About minndixiemom

I'm a Minnesota native with an Alabama heart, reflecting on the past while looking toward the future. My husband, David, and I landed in Huntsville in the late 90s through my former career in TV news. We have two amazing girls, Serina and Sophia, whom we are raising with God's guidance and grace. Besides faith and family, my passions include writing, walking, mental health, and recovery. By day, I'm the Director of Development for WellStone (another passion), North Alabama's largest and most comprehensive mental healthcare provider.
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2 Responses to Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

  1. Ann Marie Lang says:

    Thanks to you Karen! Gene and I love you lots and are appreciative of your family too! Onto 2014…..

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