Time continues to march onward, ever pushing us forward as we have once again passed from one year and entered into a new year. 2011 has officially entered the history books as we move into 2012. This will be a year of some big milestones in my household, as well as numerous new opportunities, new challenges, and yes, even new dreams. I'm looking forward to them all, as I was very much looking forward to shutting the book in 2011. It was a difficult year for us in many different ways. While I won't say it was a banner year, nor will I say it was my favorite, I don't believe it was a terrible year either. There were many good things that happened for both my family and for me personally in 2011, those great things just got a little overshadowed by the not-so-great things. So I am true, looking forward to this new year. So far the new year is still very much like the American Girl doll my daughter received for Christmas...all soft and pretty, but bound to change as she continues to cuddle it, love on it, and play with it.
Personally, I'm excited about several opportunities for the new year. My eldest son is getting closer to completing his quest for the rank of Eagle Scout, and this will be the year he achieves it. His project was approved in December, so now he begins the fund-raising process as well as securing workers to help him complete it. The project itself will be done in the springtime. All of the other requirements for Eagle are complete (except for the all-important Board of Review which is the last step anyway), so once the project is completed, he's nearly there. We're hoping to celebrate his achievement with an Eagle Court of Honor in the summertime this year. Additionally, my middle son will be moving from Star Scout to Life Scout next week, and he will then begin his own Eagle quest. He has merit badges and other stuff to do, but once he becomes Life, he too can begin planning his own project. Unlike his older brother, he says he wants to get the project done first and then worry about the required Merit Badges... so who knows, we could have two different projects going this year!
Both boys are going on mission trips with church this year, and I am hoping to be able to go on one myself. I really want to make the trip to Kenya this fall. I wasn't able to the last two times, but I'm praying that this is my year.
Like her brothers, my daughter is growing so fast - and it's a treat to watch. She's becoming a beautiful little lady. She'll be starting gymnastics next week and is so very pumped about it. She was such a timid little thing for so long, but she is making some good strides forward to be a bit more boldly, less trepidatiously. She too will be experiencing something new this summer as she'll have her first experience with church camp. She's nervous, yet excited as well since several of her friends will be there with her.
Professionally I'm excited about all of the different things that I've been doing with this whole Cruise Plannersthing. There have been lots of mundane, legal aspects to work through; but there have been lots of fun aspects as well. Meeting with various vendors. Networking and getting to know people within my community. On-site training and ship inspections. Lots of learning and exploring has happened and is yet to happen. I'm looking forward to a FAM, or "familiarization" trip to Hawaii later this month, as well as determining when the next cruise will be. This whole venture began as a dream, evolved into an opportunity, becoming a challenge, but remains a big dream of mine. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out, grows, and transforms throughout the new year.
Dreams for the new year continue to grow, and as they work their way from dreams to reality, I'll share. Until then, know that I'm not sitting on my laurels, but rather am working to turn those dreams into some sort of reality, whether here in 2012, or a little beyond. I hope you are doing so with your own dreams as well.
I wish you all well throughout this great new year ahead of us.