The last year was interesting to say the least. Nationally we watched the economy dip and turn on it's own roller coaster ride. We paid $4 or more a gallon for gas at times (I can still remember my parents complaining for paying nearly $.75 a gallon in the late 80's, early 90's). We saw turmoil in Europe and the Middle East. We dug deeper into our pocket books to pay for groceries and healthcare premiums. We suffered through a crazy election cycle and we are, if we're smart, bracing ourselves for dramatically increasing costs in every area from healthcare to groceries to buying a car. We also cheered for our athletes in the 2012 Olympics, lost our beloved Twinkies, and saw communities pull together in the aftermath of a hurricane.
Here at home we suffered through droughts and storms. Some harvests were bumper crops, others offered almost no yields at all. We made a major move. We spent warm days outside on the porch swing. We received help from family and friends and we gave help to family and friends. We started to new construction, we welcomed new life, we hunkered down and we held our heads up. It's crazy how much can happen in one year. As far as quality goes, 2012 wasn't a terrible year. I've seen much worse but I've also seen much better. My New's Year's resolution this year are to do everything I can personally to make sure 2013 is spectacular. I hope to head to church more, spend less, work even harder to show my family how much they mean to me and spend more time on things I really like to do.
God Bless, everyone. Have a wonderful New Year!