Like much of the rest of the country, we've been hit by winter in a big way! Last weekend's storm dropped nearly 3 feet of the white stuff on us. The funny thing was that the heaviest snow was localized over our town (or perhaps our house!). Parishioners of ours in outlying towns only got 5-15 inches!
I have been getting out to church and shop and meetings... but when I'm home there is a sense of hibernating ~ snuggling in, resting for spring ~ amid all this snow! It also makes me reflective on the year past and the year ahead.
2009 was a busy one for the Atwoods.... moving, of course, being the main focus. 2010 will take on a different tone as we get our bearings and settle into our life in calling here in Vermont. (And hopefully find a local job for Gary!) The New Year will also be shaped by my father's recent diagnosis of ALS. This will be a year of learning to live with joy within the limitations of this degenerative disease.
Gary and I also have a new vision we are just beginning to explore, which we hope to grow in some small way 2010. We have both lived with my PTSD and seen the blessings and healing Bady has brought to my (and our) life over the past year and a half. Now we are beginning to wonder how we can bring education and resources to other women trauma survivors who would benefit from a working dog. We are not sure how this might happen, but we are open to researching and brainstorming this idea however the Spirit may move us.
I pray that 2010 may be a year of blessing.... And now it's time to get out of the house to see what this snowy, cold day may bring!