Year end is always a time for reflection. A time to take stock of who we are, where we are, and how far we’ve come. For me 2016 has been mostly glorious. As some of you may know, Adam and I had been trying to get pregnant for about a year when our wish came true and we learned we were expecting. On September 5, 2016 we welcomed the arrival of our precious daughter Ezra Elizabeth Sylvia Thurlow. We have spent the last four months in awe and amazement watching Ezra grow and develop. We are constantly astounded by how quickly she learns new skills. Her smiles make my heart happy and I can’t stop kissing her little face. I can’t wait to watch her grow throughout 2017 as she says her first words, learns to sit by herself, crawl, and walk. We’re eagerly looking forward to her first time fishing and camping this summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing this winter. So many wonderful memories to be made.
However, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge that this year has been a rough one globally. The world has lost a long list of notable people. Among them, a few hit me harder than others: Alan Rickman, Anton Yelchin, and Carrie Fisher. Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter played a huge part in my childhood and I will be forever grateful for the contributions each actor has made.
And then there’s the political mess. Nova Scotia is at odds with its educators and health care system, the United States is at odds with itself, and England is at odds with the rest of Europe. How we’re going to dig ourselves out of this I don’t know. But to say I’m worried is an understatement. My fingers and toes are crossed for smooth sailing.
As far as my resolutions from last year go, I feel good about what I was able to accomplish. My biggest goal was Ezra and she’s perfect, check! Adam and I also made a concerted effort (mostly because our budget was drastically altered once I was on maternity leave) to reduce our spending, to eat at home more often, and to spend more time with family and friends. I even found time to learn how to sew. Not well, but I can operate my machine at least.
And so, as we embark onto 2017, I am grateful for the lessons of 2016 and looking forward to the lessons of 2017. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful family and friends and, with the addition of Ezra, 2017 promises to be even better.
Happy New Year and love to you all!