Another year gone!

Isn't it odd that the older you get, the faster time seems to go by? My theory is that we had a lot less to do when we were kids, so time dragged (or at least seemed to). Now, our agendas are full of work commitments and family commitments and everything else under the sun. There are not enough hours in the day to fit in everything!

Just think - this picture is the ball dropping on December 31, 1988! Twenty years ago tonight! Does it seem like it has been 20 years since 1989?

I've done a much better job of blogging this year - 310 entries. If it happened, I most likely wrote about it.

It's been a busy year but nothing was thrown at us that we couldn't get through.

I traveled a lot this year. I started out in January in Miami.

I went all over for work- Tampa, Orlando, Kansas City, Memphis (for only one day due to my wife's appendectomy), Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dallas, Bloomington (Indiana).

I saw a lot of cool stuff and met a lot of people along the way. I also got the chance to reconnect with quite a few people I had lost touch with.

We even took the kids on their first real vacation - Disney World! It's my #1 event of the year and we made a lot of good memories. Hopefully we will go back in a year or two.

Looking back on everything I did this year, my trip to Pensacola Beach ranks up there pretty high on a personal level. I am very fortunate to work with some very special people who helped make this one of my favorites. I spent just about every night walking up and down the beach just listening to the surf. I honestly think it was one of those life changing events at just the right time. I don't think anyone who experiences the calmness and beauty of the beach like we did returns as quite the same person they were before they left. Pensacola Beach will always hold a special place for me and I will return there some day soon.

I guess our biggest family event of the year was having both girls in elementary school together. Lindsay entered Kindergarten this year and time keeps moving so quickly.

All in all, we've had our ups and downs this year but I think we've handled them all in stride. If you look back over it all, the ups far outweigh the downs. I think we have been particularly blessed in '08. Here's to a great 2009!!


  1. The photo of the girls (especially where one is wearing the Viking hat, is priceless! The look on her it!

    I'm glad you really enjoyed your time in my little piece of paradise (Pensacola Beach)in 2008 and hope you and your family will be able to visit us again someday!

    BTW, I have to tell you that some of us actually refer to our island as a 'healing beach'. People who are hurting or in distress can find an inner peace here, just as you described because they can easily find a quiet place to let the sound of the surf and the warmth of the sun and the taste of salt repair all the hurt or lonliness. I refer many times to the quote below:

    "Do you know a cure for me?"

    "Why yes," he said, "I know a cure for everything. Salt water."

    "Salt water?" I asked him.

    "Yes," he said, "in one form or another, sweat, tears or the salt sea."

    ~~ Isak Dinesen

    Just don't tell a lot of people. :-)



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