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Farewell 2009

It appears another year has come and gone.  2009 has been interesting, but I suppose looking back on an entire year, there are worse adjectives that could be used.  Things could be worse.

For me personally, I have found myself looking deeper and struggling harder for that optimism.  I do like to consider myself a generally happy and forward looking person, but for whatever reason(s), this year has been a test.  It's been more difficult to keep it going every day from morning until night.  I've had some material (meaning very expensive) problems this year, such as replacing a toilet, surviving without my under-warranty van for almost 2 months, and expensive repairs for a relatively new TV and refrigerator.  Combine that with some personal things going on and yeah, it's been a struggle for me to keep up the happy facade.

That happiness is crucial when you are raising 4 kids with 2 working parents.  When my happy juice starts to get sour, I take notice.

I know this year has been a struggle for many I know and love.  Here's to hoping 2010 is filled with a lot of those good things that help to keep that happy stuff going strong for all of us.  Bad things will always happen, but when you have enough of the sweet in the mental bank, it's a lot easier to swallow.

Happy New Year!

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