I faced some challenges in 2013. Some were in my control and some were not. I know I let my feelings get the best of me sometimes when I am facing these challenges. My husband sometimes has a hard time understanding why I get so worried and upset. I love him and could not imagine being without him but how I wish he would understand why I get so emotional! I know there are other women just like me with children and grandchildren who can relate to those feelings. As I think back to the changes over the last year with my family, work and health I started thinking of my childhood.
I can remember growing up and spending time with my granddad during the summer and how much I enjoyed just being with him. Many of you would never believe how much I enjoyed my time sitting with Granddad on this great big pile of rocks in the pasture on top of the mountain overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway. Granddad and I would sit there for hours with him telling me about life and how to live it and enjoy every moment because of the beauty of the world. Granddad was a Primitive Baptist preacher and our talks were mostly about God and God’s creation. When he talked about the Bible and God, it was like God was sitting right there with us sharing the love and beauty as Granddad told his stories. Now that I am “old,” I think back how crazy I was to be sitting on those rocks where snakes loved to stay and how lucky I was that one didn’t come bite me. But I knew we were protected because God was there with us. As bad as this year has been I know God has been there with me, our staff, and our families just as he was so many years ago when we were sitting on those rocks.
We all have faced challenges in 2013 and we are sure to face some more in 2014. Let us all remember we can lean on God and each other through the hard times as we face new challenges. I wish you all a very blessed New Year!