Happy New Year

… And a bright and shiny new year full of promise and possibility awakens, (complete with the first proper big fluffy flakes winter wonderland snowfall of the season). Seems like every year we seem all too glad to kick the old year out the door and welcome the new one. I don’t think it was really 2014′s fault it was a bit of a dud…. I think maybe we just wore it out, and by Dec 31st it’s looking tired and shabby and 2015 feels much brighter.

It’s true – 2014 was NOT the bright year we’d hoped for back on Jan 1st. If 2013 had been tough, 2014 was a slow descent from ‘this doesn’t look good, into some kind of scary places’. That said I can’t completely knock ’14, we have a roof over our heads – which while it is kinda scary the maintenance it needs that it isn’t getting, it isn’t falling in on our heads yet, and while tight finances and stress as a whole take their toll, we still have our health for the most part, and we have each other, and while we may have been a bit distant at times lost in our individual thoughts and worries, we’ve never wavered in our love and faith in each other.

We hit our deepest low in November when we were turned down for social assistance. However, The Feychild’s application was approved (hers being separate as she’s an adult now, and technically qualifies for Room and Board), and then shortly thereafter I found part time work. The business at the Market wasn’t quite as grand for the holiday season as we’d hoped, but it was steady and it was growing, even if not in leaps and bounds, and there are still a few pieces on the table for January so we’re hoping it continues to progress. All that and another helping hand from the parents (hopefully for the last time) and we had a more comfortable holiday than we thought we would, and we start 2015 feeling a bit like we’ve turned a corner and it may just get better from here.

Cautiously optimistic.

A friend recently said, her only New Year’s Resolution in 2014 was to finish the year healthier than when it started, and would be putting the same Resolution forward for 2015. That seems right to me … that all I really want out of 2015 is to end it in a better place then we’re starting it.

Ain’t no miracle bein’ born
People doin’ it everyday
Ain’t no miracle growin’ old
People just roll that way

So it goes like it goes and the river flows
And time it rolls right on
And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better
And maybe what’s bad gets gone

Bless the child of the workin’ man
She knows too soon who she is
And bless the hands of a workin’ man
He knows his soul is his

So it goes like it goes and the river flows
And time it rolls right on
And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better
And maybe what’s bad gets gone

Yeh it goes like it goes like the river flows
And time keeps rollin’ on
And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better
And maybe what’s bad gets gone

David L. Shire / Norman Gimbel

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