>It’s New Year’s Eve!

>Wow…was 2006 a busy and wonderful year or what?

I had a great time…I think I’m happier this year than I’ve ever been in my life. I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful child, an obsession that I truly love–writing–and I am healthy! (my dog bugs the crap out of me, but I can live with that)…what else is there? Do I have minimal expectations, or am I truly the most blessed person??? That’s the question…but it doesn’t matter. I’m an optimist. It’s what it is…and that’s what it is. I am blessed, and I am happy.

This year for my Christmas card, I just sent out photos and a short note. Why? Because when I started to write the story of 2006 for my Christmas letter, it was so “happy sounding” that I decided I would be detested by every person who knows me. So, I ditched it. (Self-editing…a thing I’m learning.)

It is acceptable to be unhappy in this country, but happy people? They are just plain annoying… Nobody wants to hear that all is well and you’re happy–I mean, not perfect, by any means, but my God. Happy. What’s up with that?

People are satisfied if all is chaos; they are used to that..just like in novels–you’ve got the goal/conflict/disaster thing–note how it must end in disaster at the end of a scene…the more chaos the better…but if all is great, well…those people who rant on and on about how great it is are just plain a “pain in the buttocks.”

So, I copped out and didn’t tell everybody how great my life is. It seemed rude!

I love to write. I love my husband and my child to distraction. I’m learning to play the piano!!! I’m crazy about my parents and the fact that they live right next door!!! I love my life. My house is a mess, but I don’t care!!! There are ups and downs, but honestly, I am a fantastically blessed person. Don’t I make you want to barf???

Here’s the weird part…it’s even scary to write that. It’s like asking for trouble. Ever say, “I haven’t been sick in years…” and then almost immediately get sick?? I’m not sure what it means. But it happens.

But the heck with it! I’m happy! God, I hope you are, too. And here’s to 2007–more of the happy life. Is it wrong to hope for even more??? I don’t believe it is. Ever read the Prayer of Jabez?

“Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.” —1 Chronicles 4

What does it mean? It’s this verse in the Bible about this guy who…during a long list of name and dates in Chronicles, mentions that he wants more, and feels blessed, and wants to be more blessed…and what does God do? He blesses him more!!!

Hey, my daughter and husband got baptised on Christmas eve…I’m telling you…I am the happiest woman on the entire planet. I want to publish a novel this year. If it happens, well, I’ll be even more annoying. If not, well, there’s always 2008, if, God willing, I live that long.

I am happy, and I wish you so much happiness, too! Have a Wonderful New Year’s!!! And be safe!!!

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