Today is New Years Eve and we have officially been living in Hawaii for a year.
It's hard to forget the anticipation of last year as we set out into the Pacific hoping for something better. Can I honestly say we found it?
I'm still struggling to solve the problem of being close to my family without living near each other. It's constantly weighing on my mind how I wish we were together and sharing these experiences. How will Ikaika ever feel close to my parents and sisters if we continue to live so far away? Will Skype be able to single handedly resolve these issues?
But Hawaii is always finding ways to remind me that it's a good place for us: weekday afternoons spent relaxing at the beach, walks to the post office where we run into friends around town, and carefree community potlucks after high school football games. I like small town living. My idea of paradise includes no traffic and good food. My idea of a dream vacation is watching a snowfall or a baseball game with brats in Wisconsin.
2009 was one of the most challenging years of my life. Everything was uncertain. But, we stayed positive and flexible, and tried to manage it the best we could. Looking back, I think we did a good job. Despite the insanity and disappointments, I feel so blessed and thankful for what we have accomplished as a family this past year. I'm looking forward to an even better year to come!
If 2009 was the year of new beginnings, 2010 will be the year of rebuilding.