Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

I cannot believe it's already the new year. I say every year that I have no idea where the last 12 months have gone, but this year I know exactly where they went. This year has been so insane. The most insane so far, in fact. The most wonderfully, painfully insane. I wouldn't trade even a single minute of it. Even the difficult ones. It's those that teach you what you're really made of. This year, I learned I'm made a strong stuff. I'm proud of that.

Looking at my new year post from last year, I have to laugh a little bit. Last year, I wasn't sure what the year would bring or where we would be. I was planning to finish my novel, but could see nothing beyond that. I could never have known at that point that things would take the awesome turns they have. We have been so incredibly blessed this year. 

This year in review... 

In January, Matt came to Utah for work for two weeks amid the start of his last semester in graduate school. He came home and I went to CA to see family for a week. We didn't see much of one another as our year started, spending one week together in January. 

In March he came back to Utah for an interview for a promotion, which he obviously got. This is the point at which Madness ensues. Moving is insane, particularly because our move was difficult. 

In April we barely survived the worst storms I have ever seen. Not to say they're the worst storms anyone has seen, but they were bad enough that Texas declared a state of national emergency afterward. A double hail storm destroyed my car to the tune of $10,000 damage. We barely got it back in time to move. 

In May Matt graduated with his MS in Management and Leadership and we moved. What a freaking nightmare the process of moving turned out to be. We ended up having to get a Uhaul and storage unit at the last minute. Not fun, that. The day after we got our car back, the day before we moved, another hail storm dented the crap out of my car...again. 

In June and July, we looked for a house after the one we planned to buy fell through. We also settled in to our new state and tried to learn to get around in Logan. In July I got a job and we had our first Pioneer Day. 

In August we moved into our house!

In September, my folks, Aunt Pam, and Candi came out to visit us for a week. They got to see our new house and we got to see Logan Canyon, Bear Lake, and some of the local attractions... including a local candy shop that we didn't even know was here. 

In the last few months since then we've worked on working out our schedules and trying to get into a groove. I work an 8:30am - 5:00pm schedule, while Matt works 2:30pm - 11:30pm. We rarely see one another, but we're making it work the best we can. It's lonely sometimes and we miss one another, but we make the most of the time we do have. It's lovely when we're together. 

As the new year approaches, I hope that it's less eventful than this one has been. My biggest hope for the year to come is that we'll continue to settle in and enjoy our new home. That things won't move too quickly, that we'll recognize the blessings as they come, and that we'll not take for granted all we have.