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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kicking 2010 to the Curb...

We had a pretty craptastic first half of 2010. If you have been following the blog for a while, you know the details. If not, here is a quick rundown (with the crappiness starting in late 2009):

Late 2009: A death in the family and a relative miscarried for the second time.
January 2010: My mother-in-law suddenly passed away and we had to travel to Nigeria unexpectedly for the funeral.
February 2010: A good friend from med school was killed in a car accident. A good friend from college's husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Snowmaggedon 2010.
April 2010: All of the money we had saved the previous year started hemorrhaging out of our account because of a tree falling on our old house in Pittsburgh.
May 2010: The Nashville Flood. My husband gets into a car accident. He was okay, the car was not.
June 2010: We bought a used car that was a complete lemon and hemorrhaged even more cash that we didn't have for months on end.

There was more, including divorces, separations, health issues, layoffs, work stress, etc.

But then I looked at what I had at the end of the year: 

A God who loves and provides and is always good, even when I don't understand His version of goodness.
Our health.
A roof over our heads.
Food in the fridge.
A bright little girl who is probably going to bankrupt me by going to Harvard.
Jobs that we love that continue to pay for housing in two different cities.
Family that love us.
An ever-expanding circle of friends who have become our surrogate family in Nashville.

Despite the incredible amount of heartache last year, it was also a year of abundance and joy and provision.

How did 2010 treat you? Are you bidding it a fond farewell or telling it "don't let door hit ya where the good Lord split ya"?

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