The cynic in me wrote yesterday’s Christmas Letter, thus a revision is necessary.
Dear Friends and Family,
2011 has been a trying year, but I am grateful for it. There are some things I learned and some people I am eternally grateful to have in my life all because of 2011.
I am stronger than I think I am. There, I said it. You never know what you can face until you face it and progress in life.
I can survive a week with no money. Ask me how…I share trade secrets.
I have it so much better than so many other people…in the grand scheme of things as bad as my year was it could have been worse. It actually was worse for plenty of people in the world. For plenty of people that I know.
I think it is important to accept your circumstance whatever it is. I figured out how to do that this year. I think it has to happen as we grow as people because if you can’t accept yourself who else should?
January taught me that I can drive in a blizzard.
February taught me how to put faith in other people.
March taught me not to trust all landlords at their word.
April taught me to take it one day at a time.
May taught me that settling isn’t always the best road to take.
June taught me that I can do anything I have to do whether I want to or not.
July taught me that I really should have spent a little more time in the sun, day-glow legs…wow.
August taught me that I know absolutely nothing about the public school system, but that’s okay.
September taught me how to have respect for myself. I am not the same person I used to be.
October taught me how broken feels…I don’t have a good lesson from October.
November taught me that I can express compassion to someone I loath simply because I should.
December…December has taught me about the strength of friends. When you have people by your side you can feel 10 feet tall and bulletproof.
On the whole there are a few people who I need to recognize for making this year better, because really without them I would be so lost…and these are in no particular order.
Simmoni – You guys may have read about Sim in my periodic series Phenomenal Female Friday. She really is the most amazing friend and has helped me keep perspective over the last year.
My Mom – She was the first in the PFF series, and she has helped me in many, many ways. I hope as the years pass our relationship continues to grow.
My Sisters – They are also my friends. They keep me entertained, watch my kids, and Malorie feeds me and saves me when I need it. I have AAA now, but there have been some days when I didn’t. 🙂
Dana – She has let me sleep on her couch, use her house as my house, store my belongings in various rooms and driven me around to simply pass the time. She is a sister, even if I have divorced her brother. I am blessed to have you.
My family – As a whole and on their own my entire family has been a blessing to me this year. I have gotten to catch up with most and can’t wait to see how we all grow in the next year.
My Church – Without my church I know that I wouldn’t have made it through this year. They have provided food when I had none, money when I needed gas, and support when I felt hopeless. They have even provided me with my own Christmas miracle, because of them I get to actually give my boys a few gifts. Fewer after the car debacle, but they get gifts none the less!
My Friends – All you guys are amazing. You are encouraging. You are helpful. You are the ones that see me cry and give me hugs. Thank you.
My Scary Mommies – If you don’t know what those are it is okay. We know who we are. We know the power of the Scary Mommy Army. Because of these women and our network I have seen amazing things happen in the lives of women and children across the nation. Over Thanksgiving you guys may have seen the piece ABC ran on Jill Smokler, Scary Mommy #1. Because of Jill and SM’s across the nation we fed 14,000 families Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendships and your support, Meg.
Mike – You know who you are. You know how you helped. Thank you. You’re an incredible human being and I pray for much success for you.
Tricia and Tori – You ladies have supported the bloggy journey I have been on this year and are always encouraging and commenting. Thank you!
One I’d like to name, but ever (eye roll) vigilant of your privacy I won’t. 😛 I miss talking to you, but such is life, one of us hurt the other and I am still not sure who.
I know I am leaving people out. It is not that I don’t remember your kindness. I am grateful to you. I appreciate you and I’m glad you’re in my life.
To surmise 2011, I have to say it’s been crazy, but I have felt blessed the whole time. I have felt prayers and God’s hand in every thing. I know that some how life will be amazing in the days and years to come.
Much love and many blessings to you all this Christmas season.