Sally posted at RevGalBlogPals:
This Celtic Mandala represents life, noting how days and years turn
from one to another. As we have stepped from 2008 into 2009 some of us
look back with joy and others with sadness; probably most of us with a
mixture of the two.
As we look back we may come to understand
how God has worked in and through us in joy and sadness. how we have
grown against what may seem impossible odds. As we look forward we may
do so with expectation, and we may do so with fear and trembling. As we
look back and forward in New Years liminality I offer you this simple
yet I hope profound Friday Fivein two parts:
First list five things that you remember/ treasure from 2008:
I'm not going for the sad things here, which probably bears some consideration, but I hope these will be the things I continue to remember and treasure. (Click on the pictures for a larger view.)
1. The RevGals Big Event–Sunshine and blue water and a great program and friends, what more could you want?
2. #1 Son's graduation from Hiptastic University–such a special day, only made a tad more exciting by the speaker, Barack Obama.
4. Parents' Weekend at Land o'Lakes Arts Academy–I loved having time with Snowman, hearing him play, meeting his friends.
5. My recent return visit to St. Casserole, which my family now considers "annual." It was encouraging to see how much better things look in her area, three years after Katrina.
Then list five things that you are looking forward to in 2009:
1. We have another graduation to anticipate, Snowman's. And by then we will know where he will go to continue his music studies.
2. #1 Son and his theatre group hope to have their production up sometime this summer in New York, and I am definitely excited about that!
3. I will go to Big Event 2.0 in April.
4. Professionally, sometime this spring I will go on to another call, when my current interim ends, though where and when remain unknown. I'm looking at both settled and interim possibilities this time. Last year I felt hideously anxious about my oncoming transition, but this time I'm more calm about the process. I also look forward to seeing where my writing will take me this year. I've been waking up in the night thinking about a book, but it hasn't been the same book twice, yet.
5. In September, Light Princess will start high school. Are we ready for it?