I can't believe this year is almost over. It seemed like it went so fast. It definetly was a great year though. I don't think there is any part of the year that I would change.
It started out with us getting settled in our new house. Having a house is a lot of work. I had no idea how much work went into fixing up a house. It's been exciting though. The biggest thing we did this year on the house was new windows. We saved up the money and got bids from different companies and with the help of some great friends and my dad, Steve put in the new windows. I love them. The house seems much brighter with the new windows and our electric bill is definitely happier.We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary this year in May. We also made the final payments on our vehicles this Spring. It feels so good knowing the cars are paid for. It's just one less debt to worry about. The next task is to tackle the student loans. Besides the house, the student loans are all we have left.
This summer, my High School class celebrated our 10 Year Reunion. Liz traveled up from Tulsa to spend the week with us, so I was happy about that. It was good to see some friends I hadn't seen in awhile and catch up with others I see all the time.
This summer, Steve, our friend Damian, and I took a road trip to Philadephia to visit Steve's cousin, Meredith. We spent a day walking around Philly, then we went to the a Phillies baseball game. We also visited Delaware and spent a day in New York City. I think in total we visited 5 different states. The trip was pretty fun. I rode on a train and a city bus for the first time. I love history, so walking around all the sites in Philly was really exciting.
God blessed us at every turn this year. It seemed like everytime we felt discouraged or stressed, He had something for us right around the corner.
We are back working a second part time job at Sears for Christmas. We are both hoping they keep us after the season is over.
We ended the year with a trip to Chicago with some amazing friends. It was a bit on the chilly side, but great fun anyway. These two have been two of my best friends for almost 20 years. I would not trade them for the world. Our husbands all get along too, so that's great.
I made a New Years Goal last year of reading one non-fiction book a month, for a total of 12. As of today, I'm working on number 11. I didn't reach my goal, but I figure 11 books is more than I read last year.
I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in the next year. Bring it on.