I have been woefully neglectful of the blog for a long while now. My inattentiveness has been so great that I've considered discontinuing it. The decision made to call it quits, I would inevitably have a new flow of thoughts and ideas arrive shortly thereafter, only to have that new found enthusiasm ebb away with the tide of life. You could say that the last year has been much like the tide - incredible, amazing highs and nerve wracking, maddening, saddening lows. I don't want to get too much into the details. Suffice it to say that there have been huge life changes for me and mine - both good and bad. There have been illnesses and accidents and natural disasters and employment worries and deployment worries and family woes and disappointments and heartbreak in my extended little clan, but there have also been weddings and new babies and new career paths and exciting moves to new places. Endings and beginnings and the limbo in between.
Through it all, The Boy and I have remained as hopeful as possible. We are lucky. It's been mostly beginnings for us personally. It's difficult, though, being so far away from home when it feels as though so many people could use us around. So as our motto for 2009 we've adopted the very British "Keep Calm and Carry On". Because that's all we can really do, isn't it? Hope for the best, plan for the worst, help however you can and just keep calm and carry on.