This will be the 7th year we have spent New Years Eve up here at the farm. Actually, we missed one year when we were in Paris, but other than that, this is where we see the year out and see the new one in. I’m always nostalgic at this time, the remembering of what has been in the year past and thinking about all that will come in the new – the unknown and the planned. I just had a read through my very last post last year and was interested to see that all the things I hoped and planned for were just as good as I thought they would be, and I even managed to achieve a few too. Winning! I can’t believe that I actually am healthier and I actually can run some distance (never mind the wetting of the pants or the tomato red complexion that comes with that). I feel like I have made some great friends this year and like I have a proper female friendship that is real and funny and everything I hoped for a year ago (thank you Lee).
Without any of you having to tell me I know my life is blessed. Don’t worry, I know. I am lucky enough to have my health, a supportive and loyal (and not to mention sex-ay) husband, two great kids who sure, don’t sleep, but fill my heart to the brim with joy and happiness and wonder. I am lucky enough not to have to work, to have friends who live around us who love us and get us and hold our hands as we still find our feet in our new community. I am lucky enough to have travelled to some amazing places this year, to celebrate some special occasions at home and away with our friends and family and to be happy pretty much each day.
As sure as it will be a new year on Sunday morning, I know that things will not always be as bright as they are for us all right now. I know for sure that things happen, people get sick, people die, friendships fade and times get tough. I know that this year ahead will bring new challenges for our family – Daisy starting school, Rob starting a whole new phase of his career, Harper maybe joining a Preschool and for me, well who knows really? Perhaps some work. Perhaps not. Perhaps a new baby. Probably not. I do know that I will keep coming on here on most days, telling a little tale from my day, sharing a picture from my garden or table or some frivolous purchase that I have made (sorry Sally). You see, I feel like my life, right now, is like some amazing precious gift that I have been given. It’s beyond amazing on most days – with travel, a beautiful home and garden filled with good food and wine, celebrations and ridiculously special things that I feel like I just have to share. Some bloggers tell their stories to make people laugh, to share their frustrations, to keepsake this time for their kids in the future or just to tell their tale, because it’s one hell of a tale to tell. This blog is a little of all that for me – but mostly just to bring a little of the sparkle and goodness that I am lucky enough to have into your lives too. It’s not much, it’s certainly not changing the world, but I do know it brings me so much joy, and from all your comments and emails, it perhaps brings a little joy to your world too. So that’s something. Silly and as small as it is, it’s something.
So to you 2011, thank you for all of the wonderful things you brought to us. From where I am sitting, you looked pretty good to me.
And to 2012, I can’t wait to see what you have planned for us all.
And to all of you, out there, Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see each and every one of you when I open my laptop each day. I hope the new year is filled with happiness, patience, sleep, joy, frivolous purchases just because, French champagne, fulfilling careers, acceptance, delicious meals, forgiveness, a flowering garden, non judgement, love, lots of love and a whole lot of fun in between.
See you on the flip side.