A Year to Remember

It's hard to believe that 2011 is almost over...I am still eating Christmas cookies...but 2012 is just a few days away!  I can't wait to celebrate and look back at all of the blessings we have received in 2011!  

November is usually the time that we spend reflecting on our blessings....but I LOVE New Years!  It is the perfect time to look back to the year that has passed and look forward to receiving even more in the year to come.

In 2011 we were blessed with the birth of three beautiful grandsons, Mikey, Nick and Robbie.  I can't imagine not having them...and to think last year at this time we didn't know them!!!  They have made this year sooooo fun!

 Michael Robert

 Nicholas Tiangtum

Robert Wesley

As well as being blessed with three sweet grandsons we had our son Micheal leave on a mission to Seoul, Korea in February!  I never realized how many sweet experiences came to the families of missionaries....but I can truly say that having him gone doing something he loves...makes this one of my greatest blessings of the year.

Elder Michael Dorrough

Our baby girl Tina graduated from high school in May (which seems like yesterday...seriously)!  
Tina's Graduation Day

We moved our daughter Camilla and her family t0 Utah from Washington...moved our daughter Sam to Iowa and our daughter Brandy to Texas!  Our son Neal, moved back home from Arizona....I quit my full-time job to spend time with my boys and grandchildren this summer....

....and then was rehired part -time (which is heaven)!  oh...and I became the momma of a brood of chickies!  

With all of the notable events of this year it would be easy to see why we feel blessed.  Everyone is healthy and happy.  However, the greatest blessings from 2011 are the small and simple ones that often go unmentioned.  2011 was a year for which I am very grateful for and I can't wait to see what come in 2012!!!

I am going to take a little time this weekend before the rush of work and school returns to write down some goals for 2012.  I found my journal-goals for 2011 which I wrote while on a trip to Vegas on New Years last year....and funny how they all happened without me even looking at them through the year.

I read a quote a couple of days ago that said the things that matter you get done...the things that don't matter you make excuses for.  It is sooo true!  So, the key is to find what matters the most and "put a pin" in the things that don't really matter.  Sometimes it's a challenge to say "no" to things you feel you "must" do....but when you make your day and what matters the most to you a priority you will feel the joy come back into your days!

I hope you find some time to reflect on 2011 and the blessings that have come into your life this year.  I know that no matter how difficult or challenging it may have been there are always blessings to be grateful for...even if they are the small and simple things that are often overlooked!  

I wish you the happiest of New Years!

All Joy,


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