In a lot of ways, 2009 came and went while I was just passing time. Yes, I know. Very John Lennon of me to say, huh? It is true. Two of the best moments of the year included my trip to Israel and the award I was honored with for Entrepreneur of the Year. Both were surreal!
Neviyah started speaking in sentences and there is no end to the joy I feel when I hear her sing, at the top of her lungs, "It's Raining, It's Pouring." My favorite thing to hear her say is "I 'nuggle Mama" which means "I want to snuggle with Mama."
Alia had a challenging year but her soccer team was a winning team this year and her sensativity and kindness at times catches me completely off guard. In 2009, I continued to soak up the fact that she still enjoys cuddling. She is growing so quickly. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that my once-little-baby is turning into such a grown up girl.
Chandler has thrived in 9th grade. He has done a good job of balancing his need for independence with our family standards. He read Torah several times during the year and impressed us with his camp counselor skills over the summer. He has made great decisions about who to hang around with and seems to be unaffected by peer pressure. Best of all, he is talking to us about these things so that we have a handle on the types of issues he faces.
Rob started Melton and continually impresses me with his unique interpretations of Jewish texts. We found he has a knack for soup-making and baking challah. Lucky me! He continues to be thoughtful and romantic, and takes an active role in every aspect of our family life. We have now been together for something like 16 years, and clearly it works. He is the rock of our family and I couldn't love him more.
I struggle to find something positive to say about the dogs, Mordi and Sol. They are important members of our family but they continue to have behavior issues and we don't have enough money to get proper help with the issues. Still, the kids adore them and they do bring a measure of joy to their lives.
I am not a big "New Year's Resolution" person because I believe it is important to always be evaluating oneself and trying to make improvements. There is no start date for such a thing. I will continue to try to be the best me I can be. I am ultra-aware of my downfalls and challenges and will strive to overcome them, day by day.