But there have been many, many blessings as well. My middle son completed a very successful freshman year at college and had a great summer as a camp counselor. It was wonderful to see him so happy. After some coaching from my husband and me, my oldest negotiated more hours and a raise at his job. He also found a cheaper apartment so some of his financial troubles are reduced. My daughter and I had a great time visiting college campuses and I think she made good choices about where to apply. My husband and I are in great health and our daily walks during the summer and fall were wonderful for reconnecting at the end of the work day. (He is still walking outside every day. I'm a wimp and use the treadmill when the temperature dips below 40). Our house is in great shape and my husband isn't thinking about another remodeling project. I'm thankful that my 91 year old aunt is still cognitively intact and I enjoy my weekly conversations with her. We attended four weddings, and no funerals. I've built up a great stash of quilt fabrics and have more than enough projects lined up to get through the next year.
By the end of 2010, we'll be empty nesters. I'm sure there will be some surprises along the way. Here's to a happy new year to all of you, too!