Merry Christmas dear friends! As I reflect on this past year and the upcoming year, I am blown away by the many blessings I have been given. It it one of my favorite things to do with my parents at this time of year: sit down and think about everything that has happened in the past 365 days: The births, the weddings, the engagements, the deaths-things bought, things sold, people moved, houses sold, houses bought, hospital visits, movies that came out, elections that were lost/won etc. And then make predictions about the next year! That’s my favorite! I am anticipating many weddings and engagements for the next year and BABIES too!

Who knows what the future holds! What opportunities are ahead! The future is bright! 2010 is done. 2011 is here!

I was reading back over some journals from when I was 12 years old and couldn’t help but cringe. What selfishness and foolishness was bound up in my little child heart! (One line I read, which isn’t a point of regret at all but I wrote, “I spent the night at Melissa’s with a bunch of friends. They made me take a shower because I smelled bad” HA! Can’t say I remember that sleep-over! How embarrassing!)

But regret means I have learned something. Regret means my eyes have been opened to my weakness. Thank God for regret for it shows that I have mended my ways (hopefully) or at least understand the wrongs I have committed! Regret means there is hope for me because I can identify my shortcomings! Regret means I am not deceived any longer or at least in part…I regret my wasted years of only thinking about myself and hope each day brings me a little closer to showering those closest to me with love and joy.

How much more lovely life would be if only I could forget about myself! I truly am the center of my universe but the older I get, the more I am able to see others and try to love them more than the day before.

So, here’s to you 2011! The year of turning 30! My best days are yet ahead and yours are too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!