Sunday, December 24, 2006

"maybe tonight, i've got a question for you"

this is the last Christmas i will be spending without Tim. we even put up a tiny "temporary" stocking for him to get used to having room for one more. so much has changed this past year, and i've loved most and hated some of it.

i always try to think about last year at this time, and the thought of "what if i had known how things would be at this time next year?" runs through my mind.

this time last year, i was sleeping (too much) on a cruise ship somewhere near Puerto Rico with my family and my grandparents. we spent our Christmas money on a cruise this year, and it was a blast.

tim and i had been dating for a little over a year. marriage was still a "touchy" subject.

my sister didn't have her license yet and the other one was halfway done with her senior year, still unsure of where to go for college.

this year:

we're at home, for the last time of it just being the 5 of us.

tim and i are getting married in 6 months.

sarah has had her license long enough to "wear in" the car.

ashley has finished her first semester at JBC, and loves it.

my parents have conquered great obstacles in both of their lives, while others in my church family have just started discovering new ones.

i can't wait to see what next year will be like.

these times, they are a-changin'.
Merry Christmas.