2008-2009 was an interesting year. As I ponder about how to summarize, I find myself a little stuck.
Much of the year was spent embarking on new beginnings—a new family, a new apartment, and a new name.
|First Christmas in our apartment|
With joy we also embraced the uncharted waters of being “aunt and uncle” not once, but three times. It didn’t take long to see that Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Bernie was an incredible job–you get your baby fix in and then at the end of the night, you go home and sleep in peace.
In January, an incredible job filled with many once-in-a-lifetime experiences came to a close. Though I was tired and exhausted as I neared the end, I struggled to let go of something I invested my heart into for two and half years. I reluctantly walked away and said, “Okay God, what’s next?”
A few months later, I watched as a long-term career aspiration was suddenly no longer a possibility. I mourned the loss of an unfulfilled dream and struggled to make sense of the hows and whys.
Yet in the midst of it, God was faithful to provide several different vehicles that catered to my talents and desires. Additionally, I saw God awaken new career dreams in my heart that I never knew I had, but now I can’t imagine my life without them.
I relied heavily on the verse in Proverbs 16:9 that says,
but the Lord determines his steps.”
I also adjusted to a severe pay cut and quickly embraced the motto that frugal is fabulous. Plus, in the midst of a tremendous economic downturn, savvy savings had never been so chic! I became an avid coupon cutter and squealed with delight when I managed to save around 55% off our original grocery bill. What was fascinating to me was that even though I had to put a moratorium on shopping and by the world’s standard was living with less, I watched as in big ways and small ways, God faithfully provided for us time and time again.