Thursday, November 29, 2007


It's hard to believe that the year is almost over. When I think about all that has happened during this trip around the sun I become overwhelmed with emotion.

Personally, this year has been a tremendous one for my family. John and I both have been very successful with our careers. We have a very happy marriage. Our daughter continues to be beautiful and AMAZING! AND, she learned the chicken dance at dance class, which is very exciting!! My family is healthy and happy.

One of the proudest moments of my life happened this year when I stood by my sister as she married the PERFECT man for her. I nailed my speech at her reception!! After her wedding, the next day in fact, John and I went on another cruise, just the 2 of us, for a little R & R. That cruise was definately needed!

So many good things I can write about. We are definately blessed.

But I think I will remember 2007 as a year of great loss. The bad started on Saturday, Feb 24 when I got a phone call at work, 6pm, and found out from my mom that Laura lost Tracy. I will never forget the shock and sadness that phone call brought. The week after that I cut ties with one of my very best friends because of the hateful words she uttered about Laura's loss.

Then Mr. Hubbard died. I still tear up about that one. I tear up even more when I remember that I couldn't go to his funeral because of a work trip. I should have gone, no matter what, and I will always beat myself up for not putting my foot down to the bosses. They would have let me reschedule if I had insisted.

Mr. Salter's death was another sad ordeal. He was such a great man. And, as bad as this makes me look, I will be honest and say I did not go to his funeral either because I was tied up on a conference call that ran WAY to long. I wasn't even expected to be at work that day, but I wanted to go in and take the call. Another mistake...

And then yesterday my dearest friend in the world--Mrs. Anderle--calls me crying to tell me that her Dad passed away yesterday morning. I was so sad to hear her crying...but yet I was in my office with someone playing 101 stupid questions for Beth...and she hurried to get off the phone.

2007 will go down in the books--my books that is--as a year in which the world lost 4 great men.

I guess I am happy to see the year end.