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2011 was a year of blessings


January 2, 2012
Billie Shelton , The Daily Freeman Journal

Another year has closed, and almost everyone I talk to about it is somehow amazed that that's where we are already. The days and weeks that fly by add up to months, and here we are with another whole year in our rearview mirror.

And that naturally brings us to considering 2011, the year that just ended. What stands out as the best times? The worst? Accomplishments? Mistakes? A new job, perhaps? Maybe a new friend or two? So much to consider in such a review.

I have been reading some posts titled "2011 was a great year for ... ," another way of looking at this. Have you thought about what made 2011 a great year for you? Or what was it a good year for?

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At our house, 2011 was a pretty great year for gardening. We've lived here for four years now, and this was the best harvest of tomatoes we've had yet. By the time we harvested the bushels of lush red fruit, we were finally able to say, "What are we ever going to do with all these tomatoes?"

It was a similar question about the chickens we grew and later butchered this summer. (Actually, this was mostly my husband's project.) The answer is "butcher them and put them in the freezer." And then eat them the rest of the year, which is where we are now.

Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that 2011 was a good year for politicking in our state. It's also been a good year for political surveys and polls via phone calls, not to mention political commercials. And this has all been done well before next year, when first there's the caucus and then (finally) the presidential election.

2011 was a pretty great year for our country to get out of a war. And I think it was a good year for patriotism, as your average citizens and businesses as well showed their support for the troops in a myriad of ways.

It's unfortunate, but 2011 was a good year for a bad economy. The experts say it's turning around. Let's hope they're right.

In my family, 2011 was a great year for young love, as our son got engaged.

And also in my family 2011 was a great year for hospital time. A new hip and four heart bypasses for my husband were all successful, and finally he feels good. We are thankful for technology and skilled doctors, and - just as much - for friends and family who were there to help us through it all.

Those are blessings. And they are all around us. Maybe we can remember that in 2012.

As Oprah Winfrey said, "Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right."



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