As I sit here this morning sipping coffee and mentally preparing for the day that lies ahead, I am trying to accept the fact that I am now forty-one years old! I don’t have a problem with the number (well, not so much)…I just can’t believe that another year has already passed. The last year has been perhaps one of the most amazing years in my life. No, everything wasn’t perfect and easy all the time. In fact, in addition to being one of the most amazing years, it has been perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging. But all of the difficulties and challenges have spurred growth and wisdom. I have accomplished things in the past year that I hadn’t even dreamed I would ever attempt. I have formed many new beautiful relationships, and have gotten closure on others. I have watched my children grow and mature and make me so proud over the last year. But the most precious thing about the last year is that I believe that I have finally found the plan that God has for me in this life…and I have learned to listen to Him as He guides me on this path. As I start this next year in my life, I pray that I will continue on the path He has laid out for me, that I will keep growing and learning and understanding His will, and that I will do something each day to be a blessing to someone else.