We were asked that question, and although I said nothing, I was thinking, "I have no idea!"
Are you ready for 2016? What about 2015? Were you ready for that?
Our 2015 was a happy year, and rather status quo. It turns out, I was ready for 2015, but I didn't know it at the time. When I look back at most years, though, it seems I was not "ready" for what they would hold.
In 2014, we took our adventure around the U.S. I most certainly wasn't ready for it. I had no idea what we were doing! It may go down as my favorite year of life, but I wasn't ready for it.
In 2013, E was diagnosed with diabetes. One day, life was normal, and the next, life seemed turned upside down with all the changes that diagnosis brought. I wasn't ready for 2013, either.
2009. We found out we were expecting our 4th child. The oldest was only five years old when the youngest was born in 2010. I wasn't really ready for that year, either. But, my daughter is one of the greatest parts of my life. What a blessing! :)
I have no idea if I'm ready for 2016, and we'll see what God brings to the year. I usually feel a little sentimental and a little nervous, leaving one year and moving on to the next, without knowing what the year will bring. But, I want to rest in whatever God has in store and live as fully as I can.
Enough speculation about 2016! Here's what the conclusion of 2015 has looked like in photos:
Our older kids learned to collect leaves on the tractor this fall
Y has grown old enough to be mildly obsessed with reading, just like his older brothers and parents
I got to practice American money with our ESL students
Char has a great office in a sunbeam with a fire. And, I get the benefit of him working from home, tending the fire, and chopping lots of firewood. :)
We spent a lot of this fall on the trails in the woods.
and spent time creating new trails and finding new grapevines for swinging
Somehow in 2015, this child grew to look a lot more like a young man. How a year changes things!
I hope you and your family are enjoying the end of 2015, and that you have a fantastic 2016! Love from the Utter family!